Chris Andersen with the Denver Nuggets
|No. 11 – Miami Heat|
|Power forward / Center|
July 7, 1978 |
Long Beach, California
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||228 lb (103 kg)|
|High school||Iola (Iola, Texas)|
|NBA Draft||1999 / Undrafted|
|1999–2000||Jiangsu Nangang (China)|
|2000–2001||Fargo-Moorhead Beez (IBA)|
|2001||Fayetteville Patriots (D-League)|
|2004–2006, 2008||New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets|
Andersen was born in Long Beach, California, grew up in Iola, Texas, and played one year at Blinn College. He went undrafted in the 1999 NBA Draft and began his professional career in the Chinese Basketball League and the American minor leagues. He then played in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets and the New Orleans Hornets. The 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), 228 lb (103 kg; 16.3 st) center/power forward received a two-year ban from the NBA in 2006 for violating the league's drug policy, but was reinstated on March 4, 2008, and re-signed by the Hornets the next day. He returned to Denver later in 2008, and remained with them until 2012. He signed with the Miami Heat in January 2013.
NBA Development League
Slam Dunk Contest
Andersen appeared in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest during NBA All-Star Weekend in 2004 and 2005, finishing 3rd and 4th (out of 4), respectively. In the 2005 contest, he unsuccessfully tried the same dunk eight times at Pepsi Center.
Expulsion and reinstatement
On January 25, 2006, Andersen was disqualified from the NBA for violating the league's anti-drug policy by testing positive for a banned substance. Andersen's suspension fell under the league's category of "drugs of abuse," violation of which is possible grounds for expulsion from the NBA under the league's collective bargaining agreement. Andersen attempted to appeal the ruling through arbitration, but the arbitrator ruled to uphold his dismissal in March 2006. He was eligible for reinstatement effective January 25, 2008.
On March 4, 2008, the NBA and NBA Players Association granted Andersen's request to be reinstated as an NBA player. The reinstatement was effective immediately, and the rights to his services belonged to his former team, the New Orleans Hornets, who signed him to a contract on March 5, 2008.
Return to Denver
Following the 2007–08 NBA season, Andersen was released by the Hornets. Andersen signed a one-year contract with the Nuggets on July 24, 2008. Andersen finished the season 2nd in the league in blocks per game at 2.42 per contest, despite only 20.5 minutes of playtime per game. His 5.68 blocks per 48 minutes played was the best in the NBA.
On July 8, 2009, Andersen and the Nuggets agreed on a five-year contract.
On January 20, 2013, he signed a 10 day contract with the Miami Heat. He was signed to a second 10-day contract on January 30, and signed for the remainder of the season on February 8, 2013.
On May 10, 2012, Denver NBC affiliate 9News reported that Andersen's home was the target of an investigation of a suspected Internet criminal case by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. Andersen was not charged with any crimes. His lawyer said that Andersen was the victim of an extortion attempt, and that the case "had nothing to do with children".
NBA career statistics
|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|
|2005–06||New Orleans/Oklahoma City||32||2||17.8||.571||.000||.476||4.8||.2||.2||1.3||5.0|
- "Week in Photos: Dunkers Special, Chris Andersen". NBA. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
- 2003-2004 Denver Nuggets media guide, p. 25.
- "Chris Andersen Bio Page". NBA.com. 1978-07-07. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
- "Hornets' Andersen kicked out of NBA for drug use - NBA - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2006-01-27. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
- By Bill SimmonsPage 2 (Archive (2008-04-15). "Simmons: NBA MVP breakdown, Part I - ESPN Page 2". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-08-03. Text " Contact) " ignored (help)
- Mary Burns (6 February 2006). "Silence speaks volumes? Andersen's sad dismissal shrouded in mystery". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
- Hornets' Andersen kicked out of NBA for drug use, ESPN.com, January 27, 2006.
- Associated Press, , ESPN.com, January 25, 2008.
- Tim Kuhls, The "Birdman" Should Get a Second Chance, The Cornell Daily Sun, February 22, 2007.
- NBA and Players Association Reinstate Chris Andersen, NBA.com, March 4, 2008.
- "Nuggets Sign Andersen | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE DENVER NUGGETS". Nba.com. 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
- "Nuggets waive F/C Chris Andersen under amnesty provision | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE DENVER NUGGETS". Nba.com. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
- HEAT Sign Chris Andersen
- Chris 'Birdman' Andersen signs with Heat
- HEAT Signs Chris Andersen
- HEAT Signs Chris Andersen
- "Nuggets Center Chris Andersen Stands Tall for PETA," The Denver Post 30 November 2011.
- Moore, Matt (2012-05-10). "Nuggets F Chris Andersen's home searched by police, property seized". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
- Hey, Who’s Up for Chris Andersen, Knick?
- Benjamin Hochman and Carlos Illescas (2013-01-11). "Attorney for former Nuggets center Chris Andersen says legal case not connected to children". Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- Chris Andersen's Career Story – ESPN.com
- Chris Andersen's Birdman Basketball Camp