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Chris Duhon Biography
Chris Duhon was born August 31, 1982, in Mamou, Louisianaand is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic. Duhonwas a point guard for the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team from 2000 to2004, the Chicago Bulls from 2004 to 2008, and the New York Knicks from 2008 to2010, and has agreed in principle to join the Orlando Magic for the 2010-11 NBAseason.
In June 2004, Duhon was selected as the 38th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. In his rookieseason with the Bulls, Duhon played in all 82 games, averaging 5.9 points and4.9 assists per game. Duhon's best game in his rookie year was against theAtlanta Hawks. Duhon led the Bulls in a comeback against the Hawks, where theytrailed at the half. Duhon hit 8 of 9 three-point field-goals in the game,scoring 24 points. This was a franchise record before Ben Gordon, a fellow 2004draft pick, hit nine threes the following season. The Bulls re-signed Duhonafter matching an offer from the Toronto Raptors for the 200506 season. In the20052006 season, Duhon averaged 8.7 points per game and 5.0 assists per game.
In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Duhon's Stand TallFoundation handed out over 3,000 boxes of supplies worth $450,000 for residentsof his hometown Slidell.
Duhon played a key role in the Bulls winning their firstplayoff series since the Michael Jordan era against the Miami Heat. The Bullsswept the Heat four games to zero. Duhon provided key minutes as the sixth manin the series against Miami, where he played more minutes because of the foultrouble Kirk Hinrich was plagued with throughout the series.
After the Bulls fell in a 30 hole, a deficit no team hascome back from in the NBA Playoffs, Duhon played solidly off the bench. He hita key three-pointer in Game 4 that forced the lead to 23 points. In arelatively easy Game 5 win, Duhon scored 8 points off of 2 threes and a drivinglay-up.
The trade of Ben Wallace and Joe Smith to the ClevelandCavaliers for Larry Hughes and Drew Gooden also caused a logjam in thebackcourt. He eventually found his way back into the rotation and once againproved to be a solid floor general. In a game against the Golden State Warriorson February 7, 2008, Duhon scored a career-high 34 points along with 9 assists,3 steals, 2 rebounds and 4 three-pointers. Duhon's contract expired June 30, 2008.
On July 4, 2008, Duhon accepted a two-year deal worth close to $12 milliontotal to play for the New York Knicks. Though his other suitor, the OrlandoMagic, were considered a team more championship-built, he would have been abackup to Jameer Nelson. With the Knicks, he was considered a possiblereplacement to Stephon Marbury, whose contract with the Knicks was bought outlater that season.
On November 29, 2008, in a game against the Golden StateWarriors, Duhon set a new Knicks single-game record with 22 assists in one game.
On July 8, 2010, Duhon signed a 4-year deal worth $15 Million with the OrlandoMagic.
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