Chris Jent

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Chris Jent
Chris Jent in 2013.jpg
Jent in 2013.
Atlanta Hawks
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1970-01-11) January 11, 1970 (age 50)
Orange, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Sparta (Sparta, New Jersey)
College Ohio State (1988–1992)
NBA draft 1992 / Undrafted
Playing career 1992–2001
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 21, 7
Coaching career 2003–present
Career history
As player:
1992–1993 Rapid City Thrillers
1993 Joventut Badalona
1993–1994 Columbus Horizon
1994 Houston Rockets
1994–1995 Rapid City Thrillers
1995 North Melbourne Giants
1995 Connecticut Pride
1995–1996 Serapide Pozzuoli Napoli
1997 New York Knicks
1997 Serapide Pozzuoli Napoli
1997 Atlantic City Seagulls
1997–1998 CFM Reggio Emilia
1998–1999 Termal Imola
1999–2000 Panionios
2000–2001 CFM Reggio Emilia
As coach:
2003–2004 Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)
2004–2005 Orlando Magic (assistant)
2005 Orlando Magic (interim)
20062011 Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
2011–2013 Ohio State (assistant)
20132014 Sacramento Kings (assistant)
2015–2016 Bakersfield Jam
2016–2017 Ohio State (assistant)
2017–present Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 37 (6.2 ppg)
Rebounds 16 (2.7 rpg)
Assists 8 (1.3 apg)
Stats at

Christopher Matthew Jent (born January 11, 1970) is an American basketball coach and former player, currently an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was formerly the head coach of the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

Early life and college career

Jent was born in Orange, California and grew up in Sparta, New Jersey.[1][2] After attending high school at Sparta High School (New Jersey), he played college basketball for the Ohio State Buckeyes, leaving in 1992 after four seasons.

Professional playing career

Undrafted in the 1992 NBA draft, Jent was drafted in the fourth round (50th overall) in the 1992 CBA draft.[3] Jent began his professional career with CBA teams Rapid City Thrillers and Columbus Horizon.[4]

He had a brief career in the NBA, playing three games each for the Houston Rockets (winning a championship ring in 1994) and New York Knicks (1996–97).[5] He played in 11 playoff games in 1994, thus giving him the rare distinction of having played in more career playoff-games than regular-season games in the NBA. In between his stints with the Rockets and the Knicks, he played with the Australian NBL's North Melbourne Giants in 1995 and also played in Italy, Spain and Greece.

Coaching career

Jent was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2003-04 season. The next season, he worked in the same capacity with the Orlando Magic, and was appointed interim head coach for the final 18 games of the 2004–2005 season (going 5–13), after Johnny Davis was fired. At the start of the next season he was replaced by Brian Hill. Beginning in November 2006, Jent took on the role of Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He served as LeBron James' personal shooting coach while James was on the team.[6]

On June 29, 2011, Ohio State head basketball coach Thad Matta introduced Jent as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes. On June 10, 2013, Jent became an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings.[7] He was relieved of his duty on December 16, 2014.[8] Jent would later on be the newest head coach for the Bakersfield Jam after their former head coach ended up accepting an assistant coach/leading player development position for the Phoenix Suns.[9]

Jent returned to Ohio State as an assistant following the 2015–16 season.[10]

For the 2017–18 season, he was hired as an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks.[11]

Head coaching record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Orlando 2004–05 18 5 13 .278 3rd in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Career 18 5 13 .278


  1. ^ "Chris Jent". Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  2. ^ Chris Jent Archived 2011-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, National Basketball Association. Accessed June 28, 2011.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2015-01-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Chris Jent player profile". NBA. Archived from the original on September 10, 1999.
  5. ^
  6. ^ article, accessed February 27, 2009.
  8. ^ Chris Jent leaves Kings' coaching staff
  9. ^ "Suns Sign Teletovic, Weems, Price". August 27, 2015. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "What Chris Jent hopes to bring to Ohio State basketball as a new/old assistant coach". April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  11. ^ "Atlanta Hawks Name Chris Jent As Assistant Coach". Atlanta Hawks. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
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