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|
|2002||CSKA Moscow (Russia)|
|2003||Scavolini Pesaro (Italy)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||7,232 (10.3 ppg)|
|Rebounds||3,741 (5.3 rpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Chris Raymond Gatling (born September 3, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball player born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Gatling played for many NBA teams from 1991 to 2002. He played for the US national team in the 1990 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.
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 famously known for being dunked on by Seattle Supersonic Shawn Kemp so viciously that he had no choice but to give him props in the middle of the game. It was the equivalent of a dog rolling over onto it's back and submitting. Gatling's career was never the same.
Gatling is known for his frequent use of the headband as an accessory to his NBA uniform. In 2001, he claimed to have started the practice as a reminder that he is lucky to be alive after suffering a serious head injury as a teenager.
In 2013, Gatling was falsely accused of squatting in a house in Arizona for 13 months, and attempting to rent the home to a tenant on Craigslist. He pleaded guilty to charges of theft and forgery.
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|
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- ESPN profile
- NBA.com profile