Christopher A. McCullough (born February 5, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League. Prior to attending Syracuse University, McCullough went to Salisbury School, Brewster Academy, and IMG Academy.
McCullough in 2014
|No. 22 – Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|League||NBA G League|
|Born||February 5, 1995|
The Bronx, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|NBA draft||2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29th overall|
|Selected by the Brooklyn Nets|
|2016–2017||→Long Island Nets|
|2017–2018||→Northern Arizona Suns|
|2018||Shanxi Brave Dragons|
|2019–present||Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
McCullough attended Salisbury School for his freshman and sophomore years. During his sophomore season, he led the Salisbury varsity basketball team to its first ever NEPSAC Class A championship. In the championship game, McCullough scored 26 points, while also adding eight rebounds and two blocked shots. At Salisbury, McCullough was coached by Jeff Ruskin. Following his sophomore year at Salisbury, McCullough transferred to Brewster Academy and then, later on, to IMG Academy.
As a freshman at Syracuse in 2014–15, McCullough started in the team's first 16 games of the season before a knee injury suffered against Florida State on January 11 required surgery and ended his campaign. In those 16 games, he averaged 9.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.1 blocks in 28.1 minutes per game.
Brooklyn Nets (2015–2017)Edit
In April 2015, McCullough declared for the 2015 NBA draft, while still recovering from an ACL injury. Despite that, on June 25, he was selected with the 29th overall pick by the Brooklyn Nets. On July 1, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Nets. He missed the first half of the 2015–16 season with the ACL injury he sustained as a freshman at Syracuse. On February 5, 2016, he was activated for the first time, but did not play for the Nets against the Sacramento Kings. Four days later, he made his NBA debut, recording 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in just under 11 minutes off the bench in the Nets' 105–104 win over the Denver Nuggets.
On April 6, 2016, McCullough scored 10 points against the Washington Wizards, reaching double-digits for the first time in his career. He was subsequently elevated to the starting line-up the following game, scoring 12 points on April 8 against the Charlotte Hornets. In his third straight start for the Nets on April 11, he had another 12-point game in a loss to the Wizards.
Washington Wizards (2017–2018)Edit
On February 22, 2017, McCullough was traded, along with Bojan Bogdanović, to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Andrew Nicholson, Marcus Thornton and a 2017 protected first round draft pick. On March 1, 2017, he made his debut for the Wizards, making just one free-throw in 1:39 of action during a win over the Toronto Raptors. Two days later, he was assigned to the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA Development League, pursuant to the flexible assignment rule. He remained with Northern Arizona until the end of the 2016–17 D-League season.
Shanxi Brave Dragons (2018–2019)Edit
On October 8, 2018, McCullough signed with Shanxi Brave Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. On October 21, 2018, McCullough made his debut for Shanxi, contributed twenty six points and eight rebounds in a win over the Sichuan Blue Whales.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2019–present)Edit
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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|
- "Salisbury School Claims First New England Class A Basketball Championship". NEPSAC.org. March 6, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
- Eisenberg, Jeff (January 11, 2015). "Chris McCullough's knee injury mars Syracuse's win". Yahoo.com. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
- "Syracuse University Athletics – Chris McCullough". Cuse.com. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
- "Chris McCullough Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
- Vecenie, Sam (April 2, 2015). "Syracuse forward Chris McCullough to declare for NBA Draft". CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
- "Syracuse University Athletics – Chris McCullough". Cuse.com. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
- "Nets Acquire Four New Players on Draft Night". NBA.com. June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
- "Nets Sign Chris McCullough". NBA.com. July 1, 2015. Archived from the original on July 5, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
- Lewis, Brian (January 1, 2016). "Chris McCullough, one of last reasons to watch Nets, takes big step". NYPost.com. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
- "Johnson, Nets have season-best night in beating Kings". NBA.com. February 5, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
- "Johnson hits 3-pointer at buzzer, Nets beat Nuggets 105-104". NBA.com. February 8, 2016. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
- "Chris McCullough 2015-16 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- "Wizards score first 20, pull away late to beat Nets 120-111". NBA.com. April 11, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- "2016-17 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
- "Wizards Acquire Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough". monumentalsportsnetwork.com. February 22, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
- "Chris McCullough 2016-17 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- "Wizards Assign McCullough to Northern Arizona Suns". monumentalsportsnetwork.com. March 3, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
- "Chris McCullough: Waived by Pistons". CBS Sports. October 7, 2019. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
- "Chris McCullough: Signs with Chinese club". CBS Sports. October 8, 2018. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
- "Regular Season Round 1: Sichuan BW - Shanxi Z. 91-97". eurobasket.com. October 21, 2018. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
- "Welcome to the team, Chris McCullough". RGV Vipers on Twitter. January 28, 2019. Retrieved January 28, 2019.