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Craig Ehlo
Shooting guard/small forward
Born August 11, 1961 (1961-08-11) (age 48)
Lubbock, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
College Odessa Junior College,
Washington State
Draft Round 3, pick 1, 1983
Houston Rockets
Pro career 1983–1997
Former teams Houston Rockets (1983–86)
Cleveland Cavaliers (1986–93)
Atlanta Hawks (1993–96)
Seattle SuperSonics (1996–97)

Joel Craig Ehlo, referred to as Craig Ehlo (born August 11, 1961, in Lubbock, Texas), is a retired American National Basketball Association player.

A 6'6" (1.98 m) guard/forward from Odessa Junior College and Washington State University, Ehlo was selected in the third round of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. He played 14 NBA seasons with four teams, amassing respectable career totals of 7,492 points, 2,456 assists and 3,139 rebounds.

He spent the prime of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, with whom he tallied 5,130 points, 1,803 assists, and 2,267 rebounds in seven seasons (1986–1993). Ehlo is perhaps best remembered for being the victim of one of Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan's greatest performances. On May 7, 1989 Ehlo, then a Cavalier, was defending Jordan when the Chicago Bull made "The Shot", the legendary series-clinching jumper in the first round of the NBA Playoffs in front of a Cleveland home crowd. What is forgotten was that Ehlo had a stellar game with 24 points on a sprained ankle and was usually one of the better defenders on the Cavs. However, as Ehlo was victimized by Jordan, he is also noted as the "Utah Jazz Killer" as he hit buzzer beater shots in victories over the Jazz in regular season games.

Ehlo spent the second half of his career with the Atlanta Hawks as Steve Smith's backup. Before the 1996-97 season, he signed with the Seattle SuperSonics, and was used sparsely. Ehlo was on one NBA team that made the finals, the 1985-86 Rockets; they lost the series 4-2 to the Boston Celtics.


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