Celtics Sign Free Agent Forward Tom Gugliotta
"We're getting a very versatile player," said Celtics Executive Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge who coached Gugliotta in Phoenix. "Along with his versatility, I think his physical and mental toughness are his greatest assets."
Gugliotta, known for his solid rebounding and soft shooting touch, was a 1993 First Team NBA All-Rookie selection. Selected sixth overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by Washington, Gugliotta averaged 14.7 points and 9.6 rebounds in his rookie campaign with the then Washington Bullets and would continue to improve eventually achieving All-Star status with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1997.
"He is a guy that can play a little bit of center in a pinch for Doc (Rivers)," continued Ainge. "He can play small forward, can play power forward. He can pass, he can shoot and create off the dribble. He's a complete basketball player. He really knows how to play the game."
The 6-10, 250-pound forward played two-plus seasons with Washington before being traded with first round draft picks in 1996, 1998, and 2000 to the Golden State Warriors for NBA All-Star Chris Webber on November 17, 1994. Gugliotta played in 40 contests for the Warriors over the remainder of the 1994-95 season where he averaged 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. Traded by the Warriors to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Donyell Marshall on February 18, 1995, Gugliotta turned in his best season as a pro in 1996-97, averaging 20.6 points and 8.7 rebounds, earning a spot on the 1997 All-Star team. He was signed as a free agent by the Phoenix Suns on January 23, 1999 and most recently was a member of the Utah Jazz after being traded by the Suns to Utah with a first round draft pick for Keon Clark and Ben Handlogten on February 19, 2004. The 12-year veteran saw action in 25 games with the Jazz, including 24 starts, and averaged 3.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game.
A superstar at North Carolina State, Gugliotta became only the third player in school history to amass more than 1,500 points and 800 rebounds. As a testament to his versatility, in his senior year Gugliotta was the only player in the country to lead his conference in both scoring (22.5 ppg) and three-pointers per game (3.1). He also averaged 9.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists that year.