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Full Name: Chris Andersen Current Team: Denver Nuggets
Height/Weight: 6'10"/230 Number: 1
Birthdate: July 7, 1978 Entry Draft: N/A (1999 Free Agent)
Birthplace: Long Beach, California First Signed With: Denver Nuggets
Position: C/PF College: Blinn College


Biography

Known for his swooping dunks, shot-blocking skills and rare athleticism for his size earned him the nickname "The Birdman". Andersen is also the owner of a number of large tattoos, mainly on his arms. He received a two year ban from the NBA in 2006 for violating the league's drug policy.

Andersen grew up in Iola, Texas and was undrafted in 1999 following a career at Blinn College (he originally dropped out of the University of Houston). He began his professional career in the NBDL, going on to play for the Denver Nuggets and the New Orleans Hornets.

The 6'10", 228 lb power forward showcased his athleticism in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest during NBA All-Star Weekend in 2004 and 2005. Infamously, in the 2005 contest, he missed his first eight attempts on his first dunk and his first five attempts on his second, drawing open laughter from the players on the sidelines and even ridicule from the TNT commentators.

In 253 career games (including 8 starts), Andersen averaged 5.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.36 blocks in 16.6 minutes per game. His trademark had been his "Birdman" celebration, wherein he would cross his arms and flap his hands like the wings of a bird. This was usually done after scoring on an emphatic dunk.

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Totals

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2002 DEN 24 1 262 25 74 .338 0 4 .000 22 28 .786 38 38 76 7 7 28 13 35 72
2003 DEN 59 3 907 114 285 .400 0 1 .000 77 140 .550 109 165 274 32 30 60 60 90 305
2004 DEN 71 0 1029 90 203 .443 0 1 .000 63 107 .589 89 209 298 35 34 114 48 119 243
2005 NOH 67 2 1430 191 358 .534 0 3 .000 131 190 .689 137 273 410 71 14 100 64 144 513
2006 NOK 32 2 570 56 98 .571 0 0 .000 49 103 .476 61 94 155 6 8 41 26 84 161
2008 NOH 5 0 34 2 7 .286 0 0 .000 2 4 .500 2 7 9 0 0 4 1 6 6
Career 258 8 4232 478 1025 .466 0 9 .000 344 572 .601 436 786 1222 151 93 347 212 478 1300

Per Game

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2002 DEN 24 1 10.9 1.0 3.1 .338 0.0 0.2 .000 0.9 1.2 .786 1.6 1.6 3.2 0.3 0.3 1.2 0.5 1.5 3.0
2003 DEN 59 3 15.4 1.9 4.8 .400 0.0 0.0 .000 1.3 2.4 .550 1.8 2.8 4.6 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.5 5.2
2004 DEN 71 0 14.5 1.3 2.9 .443 0.0 0.0 .000 0.9 1.5 .589 1.3 2.9 4.2 0.5 0.5 1.6 0.7 1.7 3.4
2005 NOH 67 2 21.3 2.9 5.3 .534 0.0 0.0 .000 2.0 2.8 .689 2.0 4.1 6.1 1.1 0.2 1.5 1.0 2.1 7.7
2006 NOK 32 2 17.8 1.8 3.1 .571 0.0 0.0 .000 1.5 3.2 .476 1.9 2.9 4.8 0.2 0.3 1.3 0.8 2.6 5.0
2008 NOK 5 0 6.8 0.4 1.4 .286 0.0 0.0 .000 0.4 0.8 .500 0.4 1.4 1.8 0.0 0.0 0.8 0.2 1.2 1.2
Career 258 8 16.4 1.9 4.0 .466 0.0 0.0 .000 1.3 2.2 .601 1.7 3.0 4.7 0.6 0.4 1.3 0.8 1.9 5.0

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