Chris Welp

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Christian Welp
Personal information
Born (1964-01-02)January 2, 1964
Delmenhorst, West Germany
Died March 1, 2015(2015-03-01) (aged 51)
Hood Canal, Washington
Nationality German
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Olympic (Silverdale, Washington)
College Washington (1983–1987)
NBA draft 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 1987–1999
Position Center
Number 44, 42, 40
Career history
19871989 Philadelphia 76ers
1989–1990 San Antonio Spurs
1990 Golden State Warriors
1990–1996 TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen
1996–1997 Olympiacos
1997–1998 Alba Berlin
1999 Viola Reggio Calabria
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Christian Ansgar Welp (January 2, 1964 – March 1, 2015) was a German professional basketball player. Welp, a 213 centimetres (7 ft 0 in), 111 kilograms (245 lb) center, became the leading scorer in Washington Huskies history as a college basketball player. He scored 2,073 points for the Huskies and was a three-time all-Pac-10 selection.[1] Welp was the Pac-10 player of the year in 1986 and helped lead the Huskies to consecutive conference regular-season titles. He also played three seasons in the NBA.


Welp was selected 16th overall in the National Basketball Association's (NBA) 1987 Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and he played three seasons in the NBA. He was traded by the 76ers, along with Maurice Cheeks and David Wingate to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Johnny Dawkins and Jay Vincent, during the off-season of 1989.[2]

He was used sparingly by the Spurs before being traded to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Uwe Blab (another German-born NBA center) at the trade deadline during the 1989-90 NBA season.[3] After a handful of games with the Warriors, his NBA career ended.


From 1990 to 1996, Welp played in Germany for Bayer Leverkusen, with which he won six national championships and three cups. During that time, he also won the title at the Eurobasket 1993 as a player of the Germany national team, scoring the decisive last points in the final.[4] He was voted MVP of that tournament.

For the 1996–97 season, Welp played with the Greek League club Olympiacos, winning the Euroleague title with them.[5] (and also the Triple Crown). In the 1997–98 season he played with the German league club Alba Berlin.[6] He also played with the Italian league club Viola Reggio Calabria during the 1998–99 season.[7] Welp worked as an assistant coach for the national team of Germany until 2006.


Welp was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 2001.[8]


After Welp retired in 1999, he lived in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and three children.[9] Welp died on March 1, 2015 of heart failure.[4]


  1. ^ "Christian Welp, Washington Huskies career scoring leader, dies at 51 - ESPN". Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ retrieved Jan 9, 2007.
  3. ^ 1990 NBA Transactions, retrieved Jan 9, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Former European champion Welp dead at 51". Reuters. March 2, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ Olympiakos roster 1996–97 Archived October 11, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. @, retrieved Jan 9, 2007
  6. ^ ALBA Berlin roster 1997–98 Archived July 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. @, retrieved Jan 9, 2007.
  7. ^ "Legabasket". 77.208. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ Welp, Shannon Head List of Husky Hall of Fame Inductees, University of Washington Alumni Magazine.
  9. ^ Raley, Dan (January 6, 2004). "Where Are They Now: Christian Welp". Seattle Post Intelligencer. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 

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