Chris Childs (basketball)

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Chris Childs
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1967-11-20) November 20, 1967 (age 47)
Bakersfield, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Foothill (Bakersfield, California)
College Boise State (1985–1989)
NBA draft 1989 / Undrafted
Pro career 1989–2003
Career history
1989–1990 Rapid City Thrillers
1990–1991 Columbus Horizon
1991 La Crosse Catbirds
1991 Rockford Lightning
1991–1992 Bakersfield Jammers
1992 Rockford Lightning
1992–1993 Quad City Thunder
1993 Miami Tropics
1993–1994 Quad City Thunder
1994 Miami Tropics
19941996 New Jersey Nets
19962001 New York Knicks
20012002 Toronto Raptors
2002–2003 New Jersey Nets

Chris Childs (born November 20, 1967 in Bakersfield, California) is a retired American professional basketball player, who played primarily at the guard position.

Early Basketball Career[edit]

Childs played his high school basketball at Foothill High School and starred at Boise State University in the late 1980s. Childs was the Big Sky Conference Player of the Year in 1989.

Despite his collegiate success, Childs went undrafted in the 1989 NBA Draft and began his professional career in the Continental Basketball Association. He played for five different teams in his first three seasons in the league, but eventually found a home with the Quad City Thunder. With the Thunder, Childs won a league title and the Continental Basketball Association MVP award in 1994 after averaging 17.9 points and 7.6 assists.[1]

NBA career[edit]

Childs' success in the minor leagues proved to be his ticket to the NBA, as he signed with the New Jersey Nets prior to the start of the 1994–95 NBA season. He spent his first two seasons with the Nets, and averaged an NBA career-high 12.8 points in 1995-96.

However, Childs was perhaps best remembered for his five-year (1996–2001) tenure with the New York Knicks, who relied on his tight defense and streaky three-point shooting ability during their perennial runs to the NBA Playoffs. It was during this time that Childs helped lead the New York Knicks to the NBA Eastern Conference championship in 1999. He led the team in assists (6.1 per game) as a starter during the 1996-97 season, and was a valuable contributor off the bench during his next four years with the team. A visible figure in the New York media, he also represented the Knicks on the 1998-99 NBA All-Interview Team and won the New York Press Photographers Association's 2000 "Good Guy Award"[2] for his involvement with several charities and youth basketball programs.

In February 2001, Childs was traded to the Toronto Raptors for Mark Jackson and Muggsy Bogues, with whom he played for one-and-a-half seasons before rejoining the Nets in 2002. He retired after the 2002-2003 season.

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