A 6'9" forward, Pinckney led Villanova University to the NCAA title over the Georgetown Hoyas in 1985. He was the recipient of the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player after registering 16 points and 6 rebounds in the 66-64 victory.
Also in 1985 he was selected tenth overall by the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Draft. He also played with the Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat, and retired in 1997.
Pinckney was a radio and television analyst for the Miami Heat from 1997 through 2003. He was the Heat's Director of Mentoring Programs from 2002 to 2003.
- "EZ Ed" was selected 10th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 1985 NBA Draft
- Traded to the Sacramento Kings for Eddie Johnson
- Traded to the Boston Celtics along with Joe Kleine in exchange for Danny Ainge and Brad Lohaus
- Traded to the Milwaukee Bucks along with Sherman Douglas in exchange for Blue Edwards and Derek Strong
- Selected from the Bucks by the Toronto Raptors in the 1995 expansion draft
- Traded to the Philadelphia 76ers along with Tony Massenburg in exchange for Sharone Wright