Chris Mills (basketball)

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Chris Mills
Personal information
Born (1970-01-25) January 25, 1970 (age 48)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Fairfax (Los Angeles, California)
College
NBA draft 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career 1993–2003
Position Small forward
Number 24, 42, 34
Career history
19931997 Cleveland Cavaliers
1997–1998 New York Knicks
19982003 Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 6,357 (11.2 ppg)
Rebounds 2,808 (4.9 rpg)
Assists 1,063 (1.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Christopher Lemonte Mills (born January 25, 1970) is a retired American professional basketball player who played ten seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

High school

Chris Mills attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, from 1986 to 1988. At 6 ft 7 in, he was the starting center for each of his three years playing varsity football there. In 1987 and 1988, he was awarded the City 4-A Player of the Year Award, as well as Mr. Football for the state of California. He was a 1988 McDonald's All-American in basketball.[1]

El Camino Real High School basketball coach, Mike McNulty said of Chris Mills, "He's one of the three best players ever to come out of Los Angeles—he's gotta be right there with John Williams and Marques Johnson." Taft High School basketball coach, Jim Woodard, echoed these sentiments when he said, "I've been watching city basketball for 33 years. Mills is the best I've ever seen. He can do it all."

College

Mills graduated from University of Arizona, having been kicked off the team at the University of Kentucky (UK) by the NCAA after the 1988–89 season. He was the center of a scandal involving receiving improper payments, allegedly from a UK booster. The scandal broke when a package addressed to Mills' father, Claud Mills, popped open while being sorted at Emery Worldwide, whose employees later testified that it contained a video cassette and fifty $20 bills. Claud Mills claims the package did not contain any cash when it was delivered.[2]

Professional career

He was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 22nd overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft, for whom he played four seasons (1993-94 through 1997-98). Mills then played for the New York Knicks for the 1997–98 season. He played the next five seasons (1998-99 through 2002-03) for the Golden State Warriors.[3] He was listed as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks but never actually played a game for any of them.[citation needed] He was a solid defender on the wing and a decent shooter. Mills also had several problems with his health in his late career and was not a stellar athlete, ultimately being a solid back-up off the bench.[citation needed]

In 1999, in a game against the Dallas Mavericks, after a jump ball, Mills attempted to make a basket, but on the wrong side of the court. Amazingly, his shot was blocked by opposing player Samaki Walker.[4]

Outside basketball

Mills recorded a rap single entitled "Sumptin' to Groove To," along with several NBA players such as Jason Kidd, Cedric Ceballos and J.R. Rider on the album B-Ball's Best Kept Secret released in 1994.[5] He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.[6]

He also had a role in the 1998 movie Da Game of Life as a basketball player named Scooter.

References

  1. ^ http://www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com/content/dam/allamerican/pdfs/Player-Alumni-List-12-2013.pdf
  2. ^ Newswire (June 9, 1988). "Employees Reaffirm Story About Mills Package". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ "NBA.com/Stats _ Chris Mills".
  4. ^ "Double-oops". Seattle Times. April 21, 1999. p. E2.
  5. ^ Sumptin' to groove to - Chris Mills[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Alpha chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc Archived September 14, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • NBA.com profile
  • ESPN.com profile
  • Basketball-Reference stats
  • LA Times story on Mills from 1988
  • UK stats
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