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Mihm with the Lakers in 2005
July 16, 1979 |
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school||Westlake (Austin, Texas)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|2004–2009||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Christopher Steven Mihm (born July 16, 1979) is an American former professional basketball center. After playing college basketball at Texas, he was drafted with the 7th overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.
Mihm was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Gary and Nina Mihm and later moved to Texas. At the age of fourteen, he was ranked among Texas' top tennis players in his age group. His opponents included future U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick and NFL quarterback Drew Brees, both of whom resided in the area. Mihm was classmates with Brees and NFL offensive lineman Seth McKinney at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas where he became an all-state player by his senior year.
Mihm played his college basketball in University of Texas at Austin and is currently their all-time leader in blocks (264) while ranking second in rebounds, second in double-doubles, and first in every blocked shot category. In his junior season, Mihm was a first-team All-American selection.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2000–2003)
Mihm was picked 7th overall by the Chicago Bulls but was then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jamal Crawford. During his rookie season, he started 43 of 59 games for the Cavs, but injuries caused him to miss the other 23. In his 28th game (February 19, 2001, versus the same Bulls team that had drafted him), Mihm recorded the first assist of his career.
In his second season with the Cavaliers, he started 60 of his 74 games but missed eight games with a right knee contusion. In his third season, he missed his first 27 games due to a strained left hamstring. In fourth and final season with the Cavaliers, he played 22 games for them. He was traded by the Cavaliers with Ricky Davis, Michael Stewart and a second-round draft choice to the Boston Celtics for Tony Battie, Kedrick Brown and Eric Williams.
Boston Celtics (2003–2004)
Mihm was a reserve center for Mark Blount. Mihm played in 54 games for the Celtics but missed a game due to a strained left hamstring. He was then in the off-season acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers along with Chucky Atkins and Jumaine Jones in exchange for Gary Payton, Rick Fox and a future first round draft pick.
Los Angeles Lakers (2004–2009)
In his first season with the Lakers, Mihm started as a center in all of his 75 games. He missed seven games due to injury with a gastrointestinal disorder and to a sprained right ankle. He also had his career-highs of 25 points, 11 field goals made, and 18 field goal attempts versus Orlando. In his second season with the Lakers, he started 56 times in 59 games, averaging a career-high 10.2 points on .501 shooting from the field. He missed six games due to a sprained right shoulder and missed 17 regular season games plus with playoffs due to a severely sprained right ankle. In the next season, he missed all the games because he was recovering from his right ankle surgeries.
Mihm then became a free-agent following the 2006–07 season. He was sought by the Chicago Bulls to help with their low-post scoring but the Bulls signed Joe Smith. Mihm eventually re-signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in the off-season as reported by NBA.com.
Memphis Grizzlies (2009)
Mihm was traded to the Grizzlies for a conditional 2013 second-round pick on February 18, 2009. However, Mihm did not play for the Grizzlies after undergoing right ankle surgery. As a result, Mihm ended up retiring from basketball.
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|
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