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Chris Andersen
Chris "Birdman" Andersen 2009.jpg
Denver Nuggets  – No. 11
Power Forward/Center
Born July 7, 1978 (1978-07-07) (age 31)
Long Beach, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 228 lb (103 kg)
League NBA
High school Iola HS
Iola, Texas
College Blinn College
Draft Undrafted, 1999
Pro career 19992006, 2008present
Former teams Jiangsu Nangang (1999–2000)
New Mexico Slam (2000)
Fargo-Moorhead Beez (2000–2001)
Fayetteville Patriots (2001)
Denver Nuggets (2001–2004, 2008-current)
New Orleans Hornets (2004–2006; 2008)
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Chris Andersen (born July 7, 1978 in Long Beach, California), nicknamed Birdman[1] is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Denver Nuggets. The 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), 228 lb (103 kg; 16.3 st) center/power forward received a two year ban from the NBA in 2006 for violating the league's drug policy, but was reinstated on March 4, 2008 and re-signed by the Hornets the next day.

Andersen grew up in Iola, Texas and played one year at Blinn College. He went undrafted in the 1999 NBA Draft and began his professional career in the Chinese Basketball League, and has played in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets and the New Orleans Hornets.

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NBA

As of the end of the 2008–09 season, Andersen has appeared in 329 career games, including 9 starts, averaging 5.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 17.3 minutes per game. He is known for his defense and averaged 2.5 blocks per game in the 2008-09 season and finished second in blocks with a total of 175 after Dwight Howard who had 231.

Slam Dunk Contest

Andersen appeared in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest during NBA All-Star Weekend in 2004 and 2005.[2]

Expulsion and reinstatement

On January 25, 2006, Andersen was disqualified from the NBA for violating the league's anti-drug policy by testing positive for a banned substance.[3] Andersen's suspension fell under the league's category of "drugs of abuse," violation of which is possible grounds for expulsion from the NBA under the league's collective bargaining agreement.[4] Andersen attempted to appeal the ruling through arbitration, but the arbitrator ruled to uphold his dismissal in March 2006.[4] He was eligible for reinstatement effective January 25, 2008. [5]

On March 4, 2008, the NBA and NBA Players Association granted Andersen's request to be reinstated as an NBA player.[6] The reinstatement was effective immediately, and the rights to his services belonged to his former team, the New Orleans Hornets, who signed him to a contract on March 5, 2008. On March 25, 2008, in a game against the Indiana Pacers, he played for the first time in an NBA game since being banned.

Return to Denver

Following the 2007-08 NBA season, Andersen was released by the Hornets. Andersen signed a one-year contract with the Nuggets on July 24, 2008[7]. Andersen finished the season second in the league in blocks per game at 2.42 per contest, despite a mere 20.5 minutes of playtime per game. His 5.68 blocks per 48 minutes played was the best in the NBA.

On July 8, 2009 the Nuggets and Andersen agreed on a five-year contract that could be worth up to $26 million. In order to help the Nuggets financially, the deal is backloaded and will pay Andersen $3.7 million next season.

Personal

His trademark has been his "Birdman" celebration, wherein he would cross his arms and flap his hands like the wings of a bird after scoring on an emphatic dunk or blocking a shot. He is known for brightly colored tattoos on his arms, chest, neck, back, and legs.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 Denver 24 1 10.9 .338 .000 .786 3.2 .3 .3 1.2 3.0
2002–03 Denver 59 3 15.4 .400 .000 .550 4.6 .5 .5 1.0 5.2
2003–04 Denver 71 0 14.5 .443 .000 .589 4.2 .5 .5 1.6 3.4
2004–05 New Orleans 67 2 21.3 .534 .000 .689 6.1 1.1 .2 1.5 7.7
2005–06 New Orleans 32 2 17.8 .571 .000 .476 4.8 .2 .2 1.3 5.0
2007–08 New Orleans 5 0 6.8 .286 .000 .500 1.8 .0 .0 .8 1.2
2008–09 Denver 71 1 20.6 .548 .200 .718 6.2 .4 .6 2.5 6.4
Career 329 9 17.3 .484 .105 .629 5.1 .6 .4 1.5 5.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Denver 5 0 6.8 .333 .000 .000 2.8 .4 .2 .4 1.2
2008–09 Denver 15 0 21.9 .630 .000 .659 6.3 .6 .3 2.1 6.5
Career 20 0 18.1 .587 .000 .659 5.5 .6 .3 1.7 5.2

See also

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Simple English

Chris "Birdman" Andersen (born July 7, 1978 in Long Beach, California) is a American basketball player who plays the positions of center and power forward. He currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was nicknamed "Birdman" by Junior Harrington, a former NBA player, for having wing tattoos on his inner biceps.








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