Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round (17th pick overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft but never suited up for the Sonics and was traded to the L.A. Lakers on 2/22/93. After playing with the Lakers, New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors acquired in a trade by Sacramento before the 2000-01 season and has become a highly-regarded defensive guard...Named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team once (2002-03) and to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team three times (2000-01, 2001-02, 2003-04)…Has appeared in 813 games during his NBA career with the L.A. Lakers, New York, Toronto, Sacramento and Orlando, averaging 11.4 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 3.7 apg. and 1.90 stlpg. in 31.7 minpg.…Also played in 58 career postseason games, averaging 9.5 ppg., 4.9 rpg., 3.8 apg. and 1.60 stlpg. in 32.7 minpg....Ranks 17th on the NBA’s all-time steals average leader list…Ranks among the Kings’ all-time leaders in steals (2nd), three-point field goals made (4th), three-point field goals attempted (4th), free throw percentage (3rd) and three-point field goal percentage (9th)…Also ranks as Toronto’s all-time leader in steals (664)…Shares the NBA record for most steals in a half (8, Apr. 2, 1997 @ Philadelphia).
Appeared in 52 games (44 starts) with both Sacramento and Orlando, averaging 6.6 ppg., 3.8 apg., 3.4 rpg. and 1.54 stlpg. in 29.3 minpg.…Shot .897 (70-78) from the free throw line…Played in 21 games for the Magic, averaging 5.7 ppg., 2.6 rpg., 2.2 apg. and 1.76 stlpg. in 25.2 minpg….Made 13 starts, averaging 6.8 ppg., 3.1 rpg., 2.6 apg. and 2.00 stlpg. in 30.5 minpg. during that span…Led (or tied) the Magic in assists twice – had team-high-tying five assists on Jan. 22 vs. Philadelphia and team-best tying three assists on Feb. 22 vs. Indiana…Led (or tied) the Kings in assists nine times, including a season-high nine assists four times, the last on Dec. 21 vs. Washington…Scored in double figures 13 times (three times with Orlando), including a season-high 16 points vs. Memphis on Nov. 19…Also scored 16 points on Jan. 29 @ Washington…Recorded at least one steal in 37 games (16 with Orlando)…Had two or more steals 23 times (10 with Orlando), including a season-high six steals on Feb. 15 vs. L.A. Clippers…Recorded four steals in five outings, the last time on Feb. 10 vs. Atlanta…Appeared in his 800th career NBA regular season game and made his 2,000th career free throw on Jan. 29 @ Washington…Made Magic debut on Jan. 15 @ Indiana, tallying two points, three assists, one rebound and three steals in 27 minutes…Placed on the Injured List on Mar. 5 due to bone spurs in his left ankle and missed the final 24 games of the season.
Played and started in all 82 games for Sacramento, averaging 10.1 ppg., 4.2 apg., 4.0 rpg. and 1.84 stlpg. in 33.9 minpg….Recorded 150-plus steals (151) for the fourth consecutive season…Named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team…Ranked fifth in the NBA in steals, 12th in steals-to-turnover ratio (0.97), 15th in free throw percentage and 31st in assists…Led (or tied) the Kings in scoring twice, in rebounding twice and in assists 16 times…Scored in double figures 46 times and tallied 20-plus points in five games, including a season-high 28 points on Feb. 29 vs. Phoenix…Recorded 10-plus assists three times, including a season-best 12 assists on Mar. 7 @ Orlando…Registered three double-doubles…Had three-or-more steals in 28 outings and four or more steals nine times…Started all 12 playoff outings, averaging a career-playoff-high 13.8 ppg., 6.2 rpg., 3.9 apg. and 1.83 stlpg. in 38.4 minpg.
Appeared in 80 games for Sacramento, averaging 9.4 ppg., a career-high 4.7 apg., 4.3 rpg. and 2.25 stlpg. in 33.9 minpg….Ranked fourth in the NBA in steals, fourth in steals-to-turnover ratio (1.25), tied for 19th in three-point field goal percentage (.395, 73-185) and tied for 27th in assists…Named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team…Tied career-high with 13 assists on Feb. 14 vs. Seattle…Played in 12 playoff games, averaging 9.1 ppg., 6.2 rpg., 4.6 apg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 31.8 minpg.
Named to the 2001-02 NBA All-Defensive Second Team, marking the second consecutive season he has earned the honor... Averaged 12.0 ppg (.460 FG%, .352 3pt%, .851 FT%), 4.6 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.98 spg, and 34.5 mpg in starting all 81 games in which he played...Ranked among the NBA leaders
in steals (5th), assists (tied for 36th), free throw percentage (20th), and steals per turnover (9th, 0.98)…Scored in double figures 56 times, including 20-plus points on six occasions … Twice grabbed 10 or more rebounds...Led the team in scoring three times, in rebounding three times, and in assists 25 times … Registered three or more steals 22 times…Missed one game with a lacerated right hand on 12/4/01 vs. Philadelphia...Scored a season-high-tying 23 points (9-16 FG, 2-4 3pt, 3-3 FT) with six rebounds, seven assists, and three steals versus Houston (11/19)...Recorded a season-high-tying 23 points (10-20 FG, 2-3 3pt, 1-2 FT) with six rebounds, five assists, and two steals at Seattle on 12/19/01...Recorded lone double-double of the season with 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-2 FT), a season-high 13 rebounds, four assists, and two steals versus Orlando (12/11)...Produced a season-high seven steals at Denver (1/16).
Named to NBA All-Defensive Second Team after averaging 12.3 ppg (39.5 FG%, 37.6 3pt%, team-leading 89.7 FT%), 4.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.26 steals per game and 36.3 mpg in 81 games started...Ranked among the NBA's top-40 in steals (3rd) and free throw percentage (3rd) and led the league in total steals (183)...Scored 10+ points in 53 games...Scored 20+ points in six games...Scored 30+ points in two games...Grabbed 10+ rebounds in foru games...Led team in scoring in four games (including two ties)...Led team in rebounding in four games (including two ties)...Led team in assists 13 times (including four ties)...Recorded a double-double in four games...Hit his 500th career 3-pointer in the first quarter (3:37) on 12/1 vs. Phoenix...Made a career-high-tying 14 free throws (14-16) on 3/6 vs. Toronto...NWT-personal reason in one game (1/17)...Matched his season-high in scoring with 32 points (9-16 FG, 3-4 3pt, 11-11 FT), recorded nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block in 45 minutes on 2/22 at Washington...Scored 32 points (11-22 FG, 4-7 3pt, 6-6 FT) on 11/16 vs. LA Lakers...Grabbed a seaosn-high 11 rebounds on 2/4 at LA Lakers and 4/3 vs. Milwawkee...Dished out a season-high nine assists on 2/28 at Golden State...Recorded a season-high six steals on 2/18 at Utah and 4/1 vs. Dallas
Registered 22 points, 7 assists and 5 steals in a 95-91 win over Orlando on 3/17...Netted 26 points (5-9 3-FG) in a 109-90 win at Portland on 3/6...Dished a career-high 13 assists in a 91-70 win over New York on 2/15...Logged 31 points (4-6 3FG) in a 118-97 loss in Milwaukee on 1/15...Posted 20 points and dished out 8 assists in a 115-110 win over Milwaukee on 1/14...Registered 20 points and 6 assists in a 98-95 win in Cleveland on 12/26...Recorded 20 points (4-9 3 FG) in a 116-87 win over New Jersey on 12/21...Tallied a team-high 24 points and dished 5 assists in a 123-106 victory in Detroit on 11/11...Scored a game-high 28 points (6-10 3FG) in a 97-86 victory over Miami on 11/4
Registered a game-high 26 points (4-7 3FG), 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals in a 96-87 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on 5/5...Scored a team-high 27 points (10-18 FG) and added 5 assists against the Philadelphia 76ers on 5/1...Recorded a season and game-high 28 points (4-6 3FG), 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals in a 107-91 win over the Washington Wizards on 4/21...Totaled a team-high 22 points (3-6 3FG), 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocked shots against the Cleveland Cavaliers on 4/16...Posted a game-high 22 points (4-7 3FG), 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in a 97-82 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on 4/4...Registered 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in a 101-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on 3/30...Averaged 15.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.2 apg and 2.80 spg during the Raptors' five-game winning streak from 3/15 to 3/21...Recorded a team-high 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists against the Atlanta Hawks on 3/13...Totaled 17 points, 9 rebounds and game-highs of 7 assists and 5 steals in a 105-92 victory over the Boston Celtics on 3/7...Posted 16 points (5-9 FG, 5-6 FT), a game-high 9 assists and 7 rebounds in a 102-92 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on 2/26...Scored 27 points (3-6 3FG) and grabbed 7 rebounds in a 103-92 victory over the Boston Celtics on 2/5
Totaled a team-high 23 points (3-5 3FG), 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in a 96-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets on 4/14...Recorded 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 rebounds against the New Jersey Nets on 4/12...Registered team-highs with 26 points and 7 assists against the Miami Heat on 4/10...Posted a game-high 26 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 6 steals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on 3/26...Totaled 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists against the Chicago Bulls on 3/22...Recorded team-highs of 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in a 104-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on 3/19...Registered a game-high 30 points (3-5 3FG), 8 rebounds and 8 assists against the Atlanta Hawks on 3/17...Posted a game-high 24 points and 8 rebounds in a 100-98 overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors on 3/15...Totaled a career-high 35 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals in a 115-107 triple-overtime win over the Orlando Magic on 2/27...Recorded a team-high 26 points (7-11 FG, 10-12 FT) and 5 rebounds against the Cleveland Cavaliers on 2/12...Registered a team-high 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists against the Phoenix Suns on 2/3...Scored a game-high 26 points (9-15 FG) and added 4 steals in a 91-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on 1/26...Posted a game-high 31 points, 5 assists, 5 steals and 3 rebounds in a 113-107 overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on 1/24...Totaled 12 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals against the Orlando Magic on 1/7...Recorded team-highs of 23 points and 8 rebounds and added 4 assists against the Detroit Pistons on 1/2...Hit the game-winning three-pointer with 0.7 seconds left, scoring 18 points, in a 97-94 win over the New York Knicks on 12/27...Registered a game-high 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists against the Dallas Mavericks on 11/28...Posted 15 points (7-9 FG), 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 4 blocked shots against the Portland Trail Blazers on 11/24
Christie's fifth NBA season was by far his best as a pro. He started 81 games for the Raptors, missing only one game on Feb. 5 because of ankle sprain. He posted career-highs of 14.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.48 steals in 38.6 minutes, ranking second in the NBA in steals. His 147 three-pointers also were a career-high and far surpassed his previous four-year total of 88...Christie finished second in balloting for the NBA's Most Improved Player Award behind Miami's Isaac Austin. His 5.3 rpg was fourth-highest among all NBA guards, and he was one of only four players (with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Mookie Blaylock) to record at least 400 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 steals and 100 three-pointers...Besides leading the Raptors in steals, Christie ranked second on the team in assists, minutes and three-point field goal percentage (.384), third in free throw percentage (.775), fourth in scoring and fifth in rebounding...He scored 20 or more points 15 times, and Toronto was 8-7 in those games. He tied his career-high with 33 points in a 120-84 triumph over Portland on Jan. 28. He grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds (along with 29 points, eight steals and seven assists) in a 112-90 victory at Philadelphia on April 2 and posted a club-record nine steals in a 124-122 overtime win at Denver on Feb. 25.
Christie split the season between New York and Toronto, going to the Raptors on Feb. 18 with Herb Williams and cash in exchange for Willie Anderson and Victor Alexander....Christie saw only limited duty with New York, appearing in 23 games and averaging 4.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in just 9.5 minutes per game. He was never able to work his way into the regular playing rotation in his 1-plus seasons in New York, so the trade to Toronto was welcome....With the Raptors he played in 32 games and made 17 starts, 12 at point guard when Damon Stoudamire was hurt and five at shooting guard. He averaged 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.81 steals in 25.6 minutes per game for Toronto, ranking second on the team in steals and fourth in assists. He scored in double figures 16 times for Toronto, including six of his last eight games. In that spurt was a season-high 30 points against Washington on April 19, a game in which he also had seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Christie handed out a career-high eight assists in his first start with Toronto at Philadelphia on March 12, matched his career high of five steals at Indiana on March 17, and in his season finale matched his career high with eight assists and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against Philadelphia on April 21...For the season, Christie appeared in 55 games and averaged 7.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.27 steals in 18.8 minutes per game. He shot a solid .434 from three-point range on 46-for-106, and his 36 three-pointers made for Toronto ranked fourth on the team while his .414 percentage as a Raptor ranked second.
The 1994-95 season was a disappointing one for Christie. He underwent surgery in August to remove bone spurs in his left ankle. On October 13 the Los Angeles Lakers, who had an abundance of potent young scorers, traded him to the New York Knicks for a pair of second-round draft picks. Head Coach Pat Riley never found much playing time for the young swingman, however, and Christie appeared in only 12 games. His season high was a 4-point outing against the Dallas Mavericks on March 31. He scored only 1.3 points per game for the season.
...The Knicks finished at 55-27, then advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals before losing to the Indiana Pacers in seven games. Christie appeared in one game in New York's first-round matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers and in one game against the Pacers. He was scoreless in 6 total minutes, missing all 4 of his field-goal attempts.
The Los Angeles Lakers' leading scorer until a left ankle sprain on January 11 sidelined him for 16 games, Christie demonstrated a great deal of promise in his first full NBA season. He started more than half of the 65 games in which he played. However, the injury took its toll, as evidenced by Christie's .388 field-goal shooting in 33 games after returning on February 20...Prior to the setback he had scored a career-high 33 points on December 4 against the Lakers' crosstown rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers. In that same game he recorded career highs in three-pointers attempted (7) and made (5), as well as free throws attempted (14) and made (10). At the time, the five treys matched a club record held by Michael Cooper, Magic Johnson, and Byron Scott; however, it was surpassed later in the season by Nick Van Exel. Christie also recorded a career-high 13 rebounds in a November 16 game against the Clippers. He finished the season averaging 10.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 23.3 minutes per game.
The Seattle SuperSonics decided Christie would fare well playing in his hometown and drafted him 17th overall in the 1992 NBA Draft. But Seattle and Christie could not come to terms on a contract, and the talented swingman was still unsigned when the Sonics traded his rights along with Benoit Benjamin to the Los Angeles Lakers for Sam Perkins on February 22...The Lakers signed Christie four days later, and on March 12 he finally began his rookie season. Coach Randy Pfund played Christie sparingly at first, allowing him time to adjust to a difficult midseason entrance...He had his best games in April, scoring a season-high 17 points against the Rockets in Houston on April 13, dishing for 9 assists versus the Portland Trail Blazers on April 9, and pulling down 8 rebounds against the Utah Jazz on April 21. In 23 games overall he averaged 6.2 points, 2.3 assists, and 2.2 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game.
Volleyball powerhouse Pepperdine gets more publicity for its spikers and servers than for its basketball players, but Doug Christie raised NBA scouts' eyebrows by averaging 19.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists in his senior year. He was impressive again at the 1992 Orlando All-Star Classic, a pre-draft camp for college seniors, earning selection to the all-tournament team.