Chris Anstey (born January 1, 1975 in Melbourne, Australia) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks on June 25, 1995, from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for the draft rights to Kelvin Cato and cash considerations.
Anstey, who didn't take up basketball until the age of 17, joined the Melbourne Tigers of the Australian NBL where he played one season before moving to the South East Melbourne Magic where he earned the league's "Most Improved Player" award in 1996 and led the team to the NBL Championship that same season.
The 7'0 center was drafted in the first round of the 1997 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers who traded his rights to Dallas. The Mavs had coveted the big man from down under and in his first season he appeared in 41 games averaging 5.9 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game.
His numbers dropped in his sophomore season with Dallas (3.3ppg and 2.4 rpg) and Anstey was traded on September 28, 1990 to the Chicago Bulls for a second round draft pick in 2000.
In one season with the Bulls, Anstey posted a career-best 6.0 ppg and 3.8 rpg, shooting 44.2% from the field, while seeing action in 73 games.
That marked the end of Anstey's NBA career has he returned for one season with Victoria in Australia before playing three seasons in Russia where he led his team UNICS KAZAN to the EuroChallenge Championship in 2004.
Back in Australia with Melbourne, the team he began his career again, Anstey made his mark as one of the country's all-time greats. He led the Australian NBL in blocked shots in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 and in rebounds in 2006 and 2008. He won the leagues Most Valuable Player award in 2006 and 2008 and defensive player-of-the-year in 2008. He is still playing for Melbourne today. |