Baller of the Day: Chris Mullin

» October 27, 2008 6:15 AM | By Brandon Hoffman

Chris Mullin

Career Statistics

18.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 3.5 APG, 51 FG%, 38 3P%, 87 FT%

“The ultimate gym rat, Chris Mullin wore jersey No. 17 in honor of his boyhood hero, Boston Celtics legend John Havlicek. Mullin, a 6-7 swingman with a sweet left-handed jumper, may one day join his idol in the Hall of Fame after heralded collegiate and NBA careers. His quick and sure jump shot helped him average 18.2 point per game over his 16-year career. And after courageously confronting personal problems and overcoming injuries early in his career, he will be remembered as one of the great players of the storied Warriors franchise.

Selected to practically every All-America team in existence as a junior and senior at St. John’s University, Chris Mullin won an Olympic gold medal in 1984 and the John Wooden Award as the nation’s top college player in 1985 before being taken by the Warriors with the seventh pick in the 1985 NBA Draft.

Chubby, unhappy and struggling on the left coast, Mullin was a kid from New York who didn’t know much more about the rest of he world outside the gym at St. John’s and the neighborhood in Brooklyn where he lived through college. The hazy, crazy days of college drinking had caught up to him. Mullin badly needed a jolt to his life. He got it from another new coach, Don Nelson, who convinced him that he needed treatment for his alcohol problem.

Mullin spent 48 days during the season in a treatment facility and returned a changed man. He missed 22 games but completed the season averaging 20.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds and was on the path to stardom.” [Read]

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