Craig Ehlo

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Craig Ehlo
Personal information
Born (1961-08-11) August 11, 1961 (age 57)
Lubbock, Texas
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolMonterey (Lubbock, Texas)
NBA draft1983 / Round: 3 / Pick: 48th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career1983–1997
PositionShooting guard
Career history
19831986Houston Rockets
1986Mississippi Jets
19861993Cleveland Cavaliers
19931995Atlanta Hawks
1995–1996Seattle SuperSonics
Career NBA statistics
Points7,492 (8.6 ppg)
Rebounds2,456 (2.8 rpg)
Assists3,139 (3.6 apg)
Stats at

Joel Craig Ehlo (born August 11, 1961) is an American retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player.[1] He played 15 NBA seasons with a total of four teams, amassing career totals of 7,492 points, 2,456 assists and 3,139 rebounds.

Playing career[edit]

A 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) guard/forward from Odessa Junior College and Washington State University. Ehlo was selected in the third round of the 1983 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets, and went with the Rockets to the 1986 NBA Finals in a losing cause to the Boston Celtics.

Ehlo was originally signed by the Cavaliers when Mark Price went down with an injury. He spent the majority of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, with whom he tallied 5,130 points, 2,285 assists, and 2,267 rebounds in seven seasons (1986–1993). Ehlo is perhaps best remembered for being the victim of one of Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan's greatest performances. On May 7, 1989, Ehlo, then a Cavalier, was defending Jordan when he made "The Shot", the series-clinching jumper in the first round of the NBA Playoffs in front of a Cleveland home crowd, then considered an upset as Cleveland was the third seed in the east and Chicago was the sixth. Ehlo's career high in points he achieved three times is 31 points; v. Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and Ron Harper.

Ehlo spent the second half of his career with the Atlanta Hawks as Steve Smith's backup. Before the 1995–96 season, he signed with the Seattle SuperSonics, and was used sparingly. He played in two NBA Finals, losing with the Rockets in 1986 and Sonics in 1996.

Post retirement[edit]

Ehlo worked as an analyst on Gonzaga men's basketball games.[when?] He later became an assistant coach for Eastern Washington University.[when?] Ehlo coached at Eastern Washington until resigning on July 11, 2013. Later that year, Ehlo underwent drug treatment owing to an addiction to prescription painkillers.[2]


  1. ^ "Where Are They Now? Craig Ehlo". Cleveland Magazine. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  2. ^ Associated Press (August 14, 2013). "Craig Ehlo's arraignment delayed because of drug rehab". USA Today. Retrieved August 11, 2015.

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