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Chris Taft
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Power forward
Born March 10, 1985 (1985-03-10) (age 24)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 261 lb (118 kg)
High school Xaverian
College Pittsburgh
Draft 2nd round, 42nd overall, 2005
Golden State Warriors
Pro career 2005–present
Former teams Golden State Warriors (2005–2006)
Rio Grande Valley Vipers(2008)
Awards Third Team All Big East Honors

Chris Taft (born March 10, 1985 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American basketball player.

NCAA career

Chris Taft began his college career at the University of Pittsburgh after graduating from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn. Taft won the Big East Conference Rookie of the Year Award in his Freshman season and set the all-time Pittsburgh season record for field goals made as a freshman (162). Taft also earned Third Team All Big East Honors as a Freshman.

In 2004-2005, Taft averaged 26.5 minutes per game, 13.3 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, and 1.7 blocks per game, and shot 58.5% from the field. After Pittsburgh suffered a loss to the University of the Pacific in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Taft announced his entry into the 2005 NBA Draft. Shortly after announcing his departure from Pittsburgh, Taft hired an agent and indefinitely lost his NCAA eligibility. Taft went to the Chicago Annual Predraft Camp which began his post-college career.

NBA career

Chris Taft entered the NBA draft as a projected first rounder, but he fell into the second round. Ultimately, he was picked by the Golden State Warriors 42nd overall.

Taft played in only 17 games in his rookie season as a result of back spasms that ended his season in early January. He had surgery in 2006 to repair a herniated disc and has yet to return to the court in a professional game. In his limited playing time, Chris averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 8.5 minutes per game.

His two major career games consist of Golden State's game against the Chicago Bulls on November 9, 2005, where Taft scored 7 points in 19 minutes, and Golden State's game against the Atlanta Hawks on November 2, where he had another professional career high of three blocks.

Taft was unable to play during the 2006-07 NBA preseason due to recurring back spasms and inflammation. On October 27, 2006, he was waived by the Warriors and became a free agent.

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Preceded by
Carmelo Anthony
NCAA Basketball
Big East Rookie of the Year

Succeeded by
Rudy Gay
Jeff Green (basketball)


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