A history runs on Chris Mullin according to which he had asked the key of the gymnasium of his university in order to be able to work his shooting apart from the hours of drive. The legend says that it spent the whole nights there being worth to him the nickname of “rat of the gymnasia”. It carried number 17 in the honor of its hero of youth, the legend of the Celtics of Boston John Havlicek. Mullin is known for the purity of its shooting which was worth to him an average of 18,2 points per match at the time of 16 seasons a long career in NBA. After having overcome serious personal problems and many physical pips, it was essential like one of the largest players of the history of the Golden State Warriors.
Recognized like one of the most powerful academics of the country at the time of its two last years with the University of St John, Chris Mullin plays and gains the Olympic Games of summer of 1984 and receives in 1985 John Wooden Award, trophy decreed with the best university player of the year. It is presented then to the draft and is seen selected by the Golden State Warriors in 7th position.
Quickly, Chris Mullin is regarded as a complete player, inspiring (perhaps also because of the color of its skin) by inevitable comparisons with Larry Bird, then with orée of its formidable career. Although it misses the whole of the camps of drive of the beginners and the six first matches of the season, Mullin ends up agreeing with Warriors on the contents of its contract. The evening of its signature, it cheek 24 minutes and mark the basket of the victory at 15 seconds of the end of the match. It will finish its season of rookie with an average of 14 points per match and the second best percentage of success to the throw-francs of the league, marks which is also the second performance of all times for a beginner behind that established by Ernie DiGregorio in 1973-74.
Mullin is with the height of the hopes placed in him but Warriors post a disappointing assessment with a total of 52 defeats. In spite of the departure of the trainer George Karl at the beginning of the following season and the accession of Warriors with the second turn of the playoffs, environment within the frankness is rather bad. Years later Mullin this sentence besides “it will have was like a family, a family which did not turn out badly”. Originating in New York, Mullin did not know large-thing of the world apart from the gymnasium of St John and its district of Brooklyn. Insulated and relatively unhappy in California, it sinks in alcohol. It is its new coach Don Nelson which will convince it to deal with its drink problems. It spends 48 days in alcoholic detoxification therapy then and returns transfigured on the parquet floors. It finishes the season with an impressive line of statistics: 20.2 points, 4.8 master keys and 3.4 rebounds of average per match.
During the season 1988-89, the player that Warriors drafté 3 years earlier emerges finally. Mullin turns to the distracting averages of 26,5 points (5th total of the league), 5,9 rebounds and 5,1 master keys. It is named in the second standard team of the NBA and becomes the 3rd player of the history of Warriors after Wilt Chamberlain and Rick Barry to compile 2000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 master keys the same season. Mullin composes with Mitch Richmond the most effective duet of the NBA, registering with them two 48,6 points per match. They form the youngest pair then to carry out the classifications since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob Dandridge with Bucks of Milwaukee in 1971-72. Chris Mullin also carries out the Triple-double first (more than 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 master keys) of its career at the time of a match against the Clippers of Los Angeles. 4th of Peaceful Division, Warriors inflict a correction with the Utah Jazz with the first turn of the playoffs (3 to 0) before falling vis-a-vis the Suns de Phoenix in five handles. During these eight matches, Mullin marks an average of 29,4 points to 54 % of success.
Golden State does not reach the playoffs the following season but in 1990, the team enters what will be the best period of Mullin in California. In company of the young person Tim Hardaway and Richmond, Mullin forms under the orders of Gift Nelson the most prolific trio of the NBA. They are called the “Run-TMC” (Tim, Mitch and Chris) in echo with the one of the pioneers groups of the rap US Run DMC. Warriors begin the season with a victory 162 to 158 and leave the Spurs de San Antonio to the first turn of the playoffs before falling vis-a-vis the best team from the West, the Lakers of Los Angeles.
Continuous Mullin to progress and is named in the standard team of the NBA in 1991-92. It finishes 6th with the classification of the best player of the league and still posts impressive statistics while being the 3rd best marker with 25,6 points per match. It joined Chamberlain in the club of the players of the frankness having marked 25 points or more during four seasons of sharp and finishes the year in signal 10 of the history of the club in 16 different categories.
Chris Mullin which became an athlete achieved since his cure, carries out the league on the whole time spent on the parquet floors for the second consecutive year. It also makes its 4th appearance with the All-Star Range. Richmond is replaced by the star Lithuanian Sarunas Marciulionis, and the team posts an assessment of 55 victories for 27 defeats. Although eliminated with the first turn of the playoffs by the Seattle Supersonics, Warriors seem on the good way and Mullin is called to be member of the Dream TEAM at the sides of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, to take down Olympic gold in Barcelona on the way.
In 1992-93, Mullin knows physical problems and must reduce its season to 46 matches. The team gains only 34 parts and starts her decline. Only the season 1993-94 presents an positive assessment under the crook of the rookie Chris Webber which will precipitately leave Warriors following an argument with Don Nelson. That does not prevent Mullin from continuing to play for its frankness, which will be worth an enormous approval rating and the respect of the fans and media to him. It is finally exchanged against Erick Dampier in 1997 with the Indiana Pacers, trained by Larry Bird.
He will play 3 seasons for Pacers, leading the league into 1997-98 to the charity tosses (93,9 %), and establishing the 3rd mark at 3 points (44 %). In 1999-2000, Mullin carries this percentage to 46,5 %. It finishes its career in Indiana with 3 appearances at the time of the final series of 2000 lost against Lakers of Los Angeles, before turning over for an ultimate season at Warriors. It hangs up again in spring 2001 after 16 seasons on the parquet floors.
With orée of the season 2002-03, Warriors call upon him to become assistant coach. He is today the General Manager of the frankness.
Statistics in career: 18.2 points/3.5 master keys/4.1 rebounds for 986 matches
Olympic Double champion (1984 and 1992)
- AlNBA First TEAM (1992)
- AlNBA Second TEAM (1989, 91)
- Selected five times for the AlStar Range (1989, 90,91,92,93; do not play in 1993 due to wound)
Statistical detailed on basketball-reference.com
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