|Drafted By:||Houston Rockets|
Doug Christie (born May 9, 1970 in Seattle, Washington) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on August 19, 2005.
After leading Rainier Beach High School to their first-ever Washington State Basketball Championship, Christie opted to attend Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He sat out his first year due to NCAA academic requirements, but left his mark over the next three years.
A two-time West Coast Conference Player-of-the-Year, Christie recorded Pepperdine's only triple/double in team history on February 1, 1991 in a game against St. Mary's. In his senior year he averaged 19.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists as he led the Waves to the NCAA Tournament. He left the school ranked #3 all-time in assists, #3 in steals and #10 in blocks.
The Seattle Super Sonics drafted Christie 17th overall in the first round of the 1992 NBA draft. Because of contract problems, he never played for Seattle but was traded on February 22, 1993, along with Benoit Benjamin to the Los Angeles Lakers for former-Maverick Sam Perkins. In 23 games with the Lakers he averaged 6.2 points and was part of the team's playoff run.
The next season he raised his scoring average to 10.3 points over 65 games. But that was the end of Christie's run with L.A. as he was traded just prior to the 1994-1995 season, to New York for a pair of second round draft picks.
Christie saw extremely limited action in just over a year-and-a-half with the Knicks before being traded on February 18, 1996 along with Herb Williams and cash, to the Toronto Raptors for Victor Alexander and Willie Anderson.
With the Raptors, Christie had the most successful offensive seasons of his career. In 1997-1998 the 6'6 swingman posted the highest scoring numbers of his career averaging 16.5 points. His final season in Toronto saw him average 12.4 ppg and help lead the Raptors to the NBA Playoffs.
On September 3, 2000, Christie was traded fo the fourth time in his eight-year career as the Raptors sent him to the Sacramento Kings for Corliss Williamson. The Kings immediately installed him as their starting shooting guard.
Always a good defender, over his first four seasons with the Kings, Christie made the NBA's All-Defensive First Team twice and All-Defensive Second Team twice. He also led the league in steals (183) in 2000-2001. In four of his five years there, the Kings made the NBA playoffs. His finaly season in Sacramento was 2004-2005 where in 31 games he averaged 7.3 points. In the middle of that season it was time for yet another move as the Kings sent him to Orlando on January 10, 2005 for Michael Bradley and Cuttino Mobley.
Following the trade Christie's playing time dropped and he was never fully happy with his time in Orlando. In 31 games there the remainder of the season, he averaged 7.3 points and was waived by the Magic at the end of the year.
The Mavericks came calling and signed Christie on August 19. A slow-healing surgically repaired left ankle limited his court time and he left the team to have the ankle examined by his personal physician. After appearing in only seven games, averaging 3.7 points and 1.9 rebounds, he was waived by Dallas on November 25, 2005.
The next season, Christie attempted a comeback with the Los Angeles Clippers but after only seven games, decided to part ways with the team during his second 10-day contract marking end of his NBA career.
Christie was honored by his alma mater, Pepperdine, in 2009 when he was selected to the University's Athletic Hall of Fame.