November 20, 2009
Warriors Sign Chris Hunter Of NBA D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Forward/Center Was 2009 NBA D-League All-Star; Added To Roster Under NBA Hardship Rules
|Chris Hunter is the first player to receive a Gatorade Call-Up from the D-League this season. (photo: Terrence Vaccaro/NBAE/Getty)
The Golden State Warriors have signed forward/center Chris Hunter to a contract, the team announced today. Hunter, who is being called up from the NBA Development League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants, will be in uniform for tonight’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena.
Hunter, 25, was a D-League All-Star last season with Fort Wayne, where he averaged 19.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.19 blocks and 32.7 minutes per contest in 47 games. The 6-11, 240-pound Hunter ranked fourth in the D-League in rebounding and ninth in scoring, while shooting 55.1% (353-641 FG) from the field and 81.1% (197-243 FT) from the line. With his signing, Hunter becomes the first player to receive a Gatorade Call-Up from the D-League this season.
An All-NBA Development League Second Team selection last season, Hunter was signed by the New York Knicks on April 14, 2009, for their final regular season game, but did not play. He also appeared in two games with the Knicks during the 2009-10 preseason. Hunter played four seasons at the University of Michigan (2002-03 thru 2005-06) before beginning his professional career overseas in Poland and Belgium.
Golden State’s roster now stands at 16 players. The Warriors are able to add Hunter to the roster under the NBA’s hardship rules, which allows a team that has 15 players on its Active and Inactive Lists and is unable to meet the minimum number of players requirement (8), the ability to sign an additional player.
Hunter will wear uniform #31.