Chris Raymond Gatling (born September 3, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball player born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Gatling played for many National Basketball Association (NBA) teams from 1991 to 2002. He played for the US national team in the 1990 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.
|Born||September 3, 1967|
Elizabeth, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Elizabeth (Elizabeth, New Jersey)|
|College||Old Dominion (1988–1991)|
|NBA draft||1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall|
|Selected by the Golden State Warriors|
|Number||25, 15, 32|
|1991–1996||Golden State Warriors|
|1997–1999||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||7,232 (10.3 ppg)|
|Rebounds||3,741 (5.3 rpg)|
|Assists||461 (0.7 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Chris Gatling played three years at Old Dominion University after transferring from the University of Pittsburgh. He is ODU's sixth all-time scorer with 1,811 points. He also hauled down 859 career rebounds which rank him ninth all-time. Gatling is the school's all-time field goal percentage leader at .606 (697-1150), and is second all-time at ODU with (12) 30-point games. He shot .620 (251-405) from the field in 1991.
Gatling scored 36 points in a game against UNC Charlotte in 1991 and against Alabama-Birmingham in March 1989. He earned honorable mention All-American honors in 1990 and 1991. Gatling was named sophomore of the year in 1988, and then Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in both 1990 and 1991. In 1991, he was named the Sun Belt Conference tournament Most Valuable Player as he led the then seventh seeded Monarchs to the finals before losing to South Alabama.
Gatling was drafted 16th overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1991 NBA draft. He spent the first four years of his career with the Warriors, and averaged 13.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in his final full season with the Warriors, 1994–95. That same year, Gatling led the NBA in field goal percentage at 0.633-one of the ten highest percentages in NBA history.
Gatling was traded, along with Tim Hardaway, to the Miami Heat halfway through the 1995–96 season, and also played for the Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets during the 1996–97 season (representing the Mavericks in the 1997 NBA All-Star Game only a few days before being traded to the Nets).
He played 78 games in slightly more than two seasons with the Nets before requesting a trade. He played next with the Milwaukee Bucks for the final thirty games of the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season. He split the 1999–2000 season with the Denver Nuggets and the Orlando Magic. His final two NBA seasons saw him with the Cleveland Cavaliers and again, the Heat. Gatling retired from professional basketball following the 2001–02 season with career averages of 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, and a .513 field goal percentage.
Gatling is known for his frequent use of the headband as an accessory to his NBA uniform. In 2001, he stated that he started the practice as a reminder that he is lucky to be alive after suffering a serious head injury as a teenager. Chris is currently serving time in Maricopa County jail for fraud.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|*||Led the league|
The 1991 NBA draft took place on June 26, 1991, in New York City, New York. Dikembe Mutombo is regarded as the best overall pick in this draft, becoming one of the greatest defensive centers in the history of the league. He was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year award winner and an eight-time All-Star, and played in the league for 18 seasons.Larry Johnson won the 1992 NBA Rookie of the Year award and was a two-time All-Star, the first player to represent the Charlotte Hornets franchise at an All-Star game. However, early in his professional career ongoing back problems decreased his effectiveness and caused his numbers to decline dramatically. Due to his chronic back problems, he retired in 2001.
Other notable picks include Kenny Anderson, Steve Smith, Terrell Brandon, Dale Davis and Chris Gatling, who all made All-Star appearances, but with the exception of Brandon at two, each only appeared once.
The remaining picks in the first round failed to make an impact. Billy Owens was selected by the Sacramento Kings but refused to sign with them. He was traded to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for high-scoring guard Mitch Richmond, a trade that has been regarded as one of the most lopsided in NBA history. Owens was solid but unspectacular in his career, while Richmond was a six-time All-Star and was the 1989 NBA Rookie of the Year. Luc Longley was a three-time NBA Championship winner with the Chicago Bulls and held the record for playing the most NBA games by an Australian (broken by Andrew Bogut during the 2015–16 season).
As of 2011, two players are deceased: Bobby Phills and Bison Dele (drafted as Brian Williams before changing his name). Phills died in a car accident involving teammate David Wesley. Dele disappeared in the South Pacific in July 2002, with French authorities claiming that Dele's brother had killed Dele and his girlfriend and thrown them overboard the catamaran they were travelling on. Dele's brother committed suicide in September 2002.
This was the last draft held in New York City until 2001.1991 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans
The Consensus 1991 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.1991 Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
The 1991 Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held March 2–4 at the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Alabama.Top-seeded hosts South Alabama defeated Old Dominion in the championship game, 86–81, to win their second Sun Belt men's basketball tournament. It was the Jaguars' second Sun Belt title in three years.
South Alabama, in turn, received an automatic bid to the 1991 NCAA Tournament. No other Sun Belt members joined them in the tournament.1995–96 Golden State Warriors season
The 1995–96 NBA season was the Warriors' 50th season in the National Basketball Association, and 34th in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Warriors won the Draft Lottery, and selected Joe Smith from the University of Maryland with the first overall pick in the 1995 NBA draft. During the offseason, the team acquired B.J. Armstrong from the expansion Toronto Raptors and signed free agent Jerome Kersey. With Armstrong in the lineup at point guard, Tim Hardaway played off the bench for most of the first half of the season. Midway through the season, he was traded along with Chris Gatling to the Miami Heat for Kevin Willis and Bimbo Coles.Under new head coach Rick Adelman, the Warriors posted a 10–win improvement, finishing sixth in the Pacific Division with a 36–46 record, missing the playoffs by three games. Smith averaged 15.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while being selected to the All-Rookie First Team. Following the season, Willis signed as a free agent with the Houston Rockets, and Kersey signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.1995–96 Miami Heat season
The 1995–96 NBA season was the eighth season for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association. Under new head coach Pat Riley, the Heat would be restructured. On the first day of the regular season, they acquired All-Star center Alonzo Mourning from the Charlotte Hornets. With the addition of Mourning along with the offseason acquisition of Rex Chapman from the Washington Bullets, the Heat won 11 of their first 14 games, but won only 9 of their next 32 games.Riley continued to make changes as he would make three more deals at the trading deadline. The club traded Kevin Willis and Bimbo Coles to the Golden State Warriors for All-Star guard Tim Hardaway and Chris Gatling, while trading Billy Owens and Kevin Gamble to the Sacramento Kings for Walt Williams and Tyrone Corbin, and then trading rookie Terrence Rencher to the Phoenix Suns for Tony Smith. The flurry of deadline deals led to one of the most remarkable wins of the season, as the Heat only had eight players available to face the Chicago Bulls on February 23, 1996, but won 113–104 thanks mainly to a 39-point game by Chapman (this was one of only 10 losses the Bulls suffered on their way to a then-record 72-win season). Other transactions included signing free agents Jeff Malone and rookie Voshon Lenard at midseason.
The Heat finished third in the Atlantic Division with a 42–40 record. In the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the playoffs, the Heat lost in three straight games to the Bulls. Following the season, Chapman signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns, Williams signed with the Toronto Raptors, Gatling signed with the Dallas Mavericks, Corbin signed with the Atlanta Hawks, Smith signed with the Charlotte Hornets and Malone retired.
Mourning became the first Heat player to appear in an All-Star Game, as he was selected for the 1996 NBA All-Star Game in San Antonio. For the season, the Heat added red alternate road uniforms which lasted until 1999.1996–97 Dallas Mavericks season
The 1996–97 NBA season was the Mavericks' 17th season in the National Basketball Association. In the offseason, the Mavericks signed free agent Chris Gatling and acquired Eric Montross from the Boston Celtics. With new head coach Jim Cleamons and re-signing former Mavs guard Derek Harper, the Mavericks struggles continued with a 4–10 start in November. With the team not showing any improvement, they traded All-Star guard Jason Kidd to the Phoenix Suns for second-year star Michael Finley, Sam Cassell and A.C. Green in late December. Gatling led the Mavericks with 19.1 points per game off the bench, and was selected for the 1997 NBA All-Star Game. At midseason, he was traded along with Cassell, Montross, Jim Jackson and George McCloud to the New Jersey Nets for Shawn Bradley, Robert Pack and Khalid Reeves. Meanwhile, Jamal Mashburn was dealt to the Miami Heat for Sasha Danilovic.
The Mavericks suffered an 11-game losing streak between March and April, which included an 87–80 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on April 6, where the Mavs scored just two points in the third quarter. It was the fewest points scored in a quarter of a game in NBA history. The Mavericks finished fourth in the Midwest Division with a 24–58 record. Following the season, Harper was traded to the Orlando Magic and Danilovic was released.1996–97 New Jersey Nets season
The 1996–97 New Jersey Nets season was the Nets' 30th season in the National Basketball Association, and 21st season in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In the off-season, the Nets acquired Robert Pack from the Washington Bullets, and signed free agents Tony Massenburg and former All-Star forward Xavier McDaniel. Under new head coach John Calipari, the Nets continued to struggle losing their first five games of the season, which included two games against the Orlando Magic in Tokyo, Japan. At midseason, their transition continued as they traded Pack along with Shawn Bradley, Khalid Reeves and second-year forward Ed O'Bannon to the Dallas Mavericks for Sam Cassell, Jim Jackson, Chris Gatling, Eric Montross and George McCloud, who never played with the Nets and was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers for Joe Kleine.The Nets ended their season with a 26–56 record, finishing fifth in the Atlantic Division. Kendall Gill led them in scoring averaging 21.8 points per game, and top draft pick Kerry Kittles was selected to the All-Rookie Second Team. Following the season, Jackson and Montross were both dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers, Massenburg signed with the Vancouver Grizzlies, and Kleine signed with the Chicago Bulls.1997 NBA All-Star Game
The 1997 NBA All-Star Game was the 47th edition of the All-Star Game and commemorated the 50th anniversary of NBA. The game was played on February 9, 1997, at Gund Arena (now known as Quicken Loans Arena) in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. The winner of the MVP award was Glen Rice of the Charlotte Hornets who played 25 minutes and scored 26 points while breaking two records in the process, 20 points in the third quarter and 24 points in the second half. Rice's 20 points in the period broke Hal Greer's record (19), set in 1968. Rice's 24 points in a half surpassed the previous mark of 23, owned by Wilt Chamberlain and Tom Chambers. Michael Jordan's 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists were the first and, until the 2011 NBA All-Star Game, the only triple-double in NBA All-Star Game history (LeBron James (2011), Dwyane Wade (2012), and Kevin Durant (2017) have also achieved this). Five players (Charles Barkley, Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing, Clyde Drexler, Shaquille O'Neal) who were voted or selected for the team opted out due to injury, opening the doors for the annually neglected and the new stars—Joe Dumars, Detlef Schrempf, Chris Webber, Chris Gatling and 20-year-old second-year man Kevin Garnett took their spots.
For this NBA All-Star Game, and the next four games that were played (1998, 2000–02), no special uniforms were issued, and the players simply wore the uniforms from their respective teams, an approach that is used by Major League Baseball for its All-Star Game.
The halftime show featured a ceremony honoring the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Of the 50 players named, three were not present: Pete Maravich (who died in 1988), Shaquille O'Neal (who was recovering from a knee injury), and Jerry West (who was having surgery for an ear infection).1998–99 Milwaukee Bucks season
The 1998–99 NBA season was the Bucks' 31st season in the National Basketball Association. After a four-month lockout, the Bucks hired George Karl, who previously coached the Seattle SuperSonics as their new head coach. The team also traded their top draft pick Dirk Nowitzki to the Dallas Mavericks for rookie Robert Traylor, and signed free agents Dell Curry and Vinny Del Negro. The Bucks transition continued at midseason trading Terrell Brandon to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and acquiring Sam Cassell and Chris Gatling from the New Jersey Nets in exchange for Elliot Perry in a three-team trade. In another trade, they dealt Tyrone Hill to the Philadelphia 76ers for second-year forward Tim Thomas and Scott Williams, while signing free agent Haywoode Workman.
Under Karl, the Bucks played above .500 for the entire season as they finally entered the playoffs after a seven-year playoff drought, finishing fourth in the Central Division with a 28–22 record. In the first round of the playoffs, they would be swept by the Indiana Pacers in three straight games. Following the season, Curry signed as a free agent with the Toronto Raptors, Gatling was traded along with Armen Gilliam to the Orlando Magic, and Michael Curry re-signed with the Detroit Pistons.1998–99 New Jersey Nets season
The 1998–99 New Jersey Nets season was the Nets' 32nd season in the National Basketball Association, and 23rd season in East Rutherford, New Jersey. After a lockout wiped out nearly half of the season, the Nets signed free agents Eric Murdock and Scott Burrell, and also acquired Jim McIlvaine from the Seattle SuperSonics. However, they got off to a poor start losing 18 of their first 21 games. Head coach John Calipari was fired and replaced with assistant Don Casey. At mid-season, Sam Cassell, who was out with an ankle injury was traded along with Chris Gatling to the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team trade, as the Nets acquired Stephon Marbury from the Minnesota Timberwolves. As the season wounded down, the Nets were dealt with a blow when Jayson Williams' career was ended with a severe leg injury. The Nets finished last place in the Atlantic Division with a 16–34 record. Second-year star Keith Van Horn had a stellar season averaging 21.8 points per game. Following the season, Murdock was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.1999–2000 Denver Nuggets season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the Nuggets' 24th season in the National Basketball Association, and 33rd season as a franchise. It was their first year at the Pepsi Center. During the offseason, the Nuggets acquired Ron Mercer from the Boston Celtics, and signed free agent George McCloud. With Dan Issel back as head coach, the Nuggets had a solid nucleus of second-year star Raef LaFrentz, Antonio McDyess and Nick Van Exel with a 17–15 record to start the season. However, the Nuggets would struggle and hover around .500 for most of the first half of the season. At the trade deadline, Mercer was dealt along with Chauncey Billups to the Orlando Magic for Tariq Abdul-Wahad and Chris Gatling. The Nuggets finished fifth in the Midwest Division with a 35–47 record. First round draft pick James Posey made the All-Rookie Second Team. Following the season, Bryant Stith was traded to the Boston Celtics, and Gatling was dealt back to the Miami Heat, who then sent him to the Cleveland Cavaliers.1999–2000 Orlando Magic season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 11th season for the Orlando Magic in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Magic hired Doc Rivers as Head Coach while acquiring Tariq Abdul-Wahad from the Sacramento Kings, Chris Gatling from the Milwaukee Bucks, Ben Wallace from the Washington Wizards, second-year forward Pat Garrity from the Phoenix Suns, and rookie Corey Maggette from the Seattle SuperSonics, while signing free agents John Amaechi and Monty Williams. The Magic's transition continued at midseason, trading Abdul-Wahad and Gatling to the Denver Nuggets for Ron Mercer, Chauncey Billups and Johnny Taylor. However, Billups never played for the Magic due to a shoulder injury he sustained in Denver, while second-year forward Matt Harpring only appeared in just four games due to an ankle injury.
The Magic played around .500 for most of the season, finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division with a 41–41 record, falling just one game short of the playoffs by finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference. Darrell Armstrong led them in scoring averaging 16.2 points per game. Despite missing the playoffs, Rivers was named Coach of the Year. This season was characterized by the slogan "Heart and Hustle", as the team was known for its hard-working style.
Following the season, Wallace was traded along with rookie Chucky Atkins to the Detroit Pistons, Billups signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Mercer signed with the Chicago Bulls, Maggette was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers, and Harpring was sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers.2001–02 Miami Heat season
The 2001–02 NBA season was the 14th season for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Heat re-acquired Chris Gatling from the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed free agents Rod Strickland, LaPhonso Ellis, Kendall Gill, then later on signed Jim Jackson in December. After dealing with a kidney disorder, Alonzo Mourning returned for a full season. However, he was not able to play up to the same level as the Heat struggled and lost 23 of their first 28 games, including a 12-game losing streak. They would recover from their awful start and play above .500 for the remainder of the season, as Mourning was selected for the 2002 NBA All-Star Game. However, the Heat finished sixth in the Atlantic Division with a 36–46 record, missing the playoffs for the first time since the 1994–95 season.
This season proved to be Mourning's last season in a Heat uniform, and although he was on the roster the following season, he was unable to play due to another kidney condition. He would return to the Heat midway through the 2004–05 season. This season also marks the first time in Pat Riley's coaching career that he failed to get his team into the playoffs. Following the season, Gill signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jackson and Strickland were both released, and Gatling retired.
For the season, the Heat added red alternate road uniforms for the second time.Cleveland Cavaliers all-time roster
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The following is a list of players, both past and current, who appeared at least in one game for the Milwaukee Bucks NBA franchise.Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Western Kentucky, which left the Sun Belt for Conference USA in 2014, has the most all-time winners with seven. Among schools remaining in the Sun Belt beyond 2014, South Alabama, the only charter member that has continuously been in the conference, has the most winners with six. Six current Sun Belt Conference members have never had a winner, but only two of these schools joined before 2013.