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Chris Nicholas Duhon (born August 31, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Duhon was a point guard for the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team from 2000 to 2004. He then played for the Chicag Bulls, New York Knicks, and Orlando Magic before joining the Lakers. Fellow basketball player Jarrett Jack is his cousin.

College career

In his senior year at Salmen High School in Slidell, Louisiana, Duhon was voted Mr. Basketball for the state of Louisiana, made the McDonald's All-American Team, and won the McDonald's Three Point Shootout.

Duhon arrived at Duke in 2000, where he was an important role player, playing backup to point guard Jason Williams. Following the injury of teammate Carlos Boozer, Duhon was placed into the starting lineup as point guard, with Williams moving to shooting guard, a combination in which Duhon played well. The Duke Blue Devils went on to win the 2001 national championship, defeating Arizona in the finals.

His sophomore season, Duhon again started in the Duke backcourt alongside fellow guard Jason Williams. That season, Duhon's reputation grew for his defense, court vision, and versatility as a point guard, averaging 2.3 steals per game, and 5.9 assists per game.

From his junior season on, Duhon became an instrumental leader for the Blue Devils. In the 2002–2003 season, he led a young Duke team to the Sweet 16, and averaged 9.2 points, 6.4 assists, and 2.2 steals per game and was among the top 10 assists leaders in NCAA Division I history.

In his senior season, Duhon averaged 10 points, 6 assists, 2.2 steals and 4.1 rebounds per game, en route to another Final Four.

Duhon finished his career as Duke's all-time leader in steals (300) and minutes played (4,813), and second in assists (819). He had one of Duke's top assists to turnover ratios as well. In Duhon's four years, Duke compiled a 123–21 record, making Duhon the second winningest player in Duke and Atlantic Coast Conference history, behind Duke's Shane Battier (131 wins). He helped the Blue Devils win three ACC Championships. Duhon was a finalist for the 2004 Wooden Award, the Naismith Award, and Rupp Trophy awards. He left as the only Atlantic Coast Conference player to record 1,200 points, 800 assists, 475 rebounds, 300 steals, and 125 three-point shots.

NBA career

Chicago Bulls (2004–2008) In June 2004, Duhon was selected as the 38th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. In his rookie season with the Bulls, Duhon played in all 82 games, averaging 5.9 points and 4.9 assists per game. Duhon's best game in his rookie year was against the Atlanta Hawks. Duhon led the Bulls in a comeback against the Hawks, where they trailed 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 2004 draft pick, hit nine threes the following season. The Bulls re-signed Duhon after matching an offer from the Toronto Raptors for the 2005–06 season. In the 2005–2006 season, Duhon averaged 8.7 points per game and 5.0 assists per game.

In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Duhon's Stand Tall Foundation handed out over 3,000 boxes of supplies worth $450,000 for residents of his hometown Slidell.

Duhon played a key role in the Bulls winning their first playoff series since the Michael Jordan era against the Miami Heat. The Bulls swept the Heat four games to zero. Duhon provided key minutes as the sixth man in the series against Miami, where he played more minutes because of the foul trouble Kirk Hinrich was plagued with throughout the series.

After the Bulls fell in a 3–0 hole, a deficit no team has come back from in the NBA Playoffs, Duhon played solidly off the bench. He hit a key three-pointer in Game 4 that forced the lead to 23 points. In a relatively easy Game 5 win, Duhon scored 8 points off of 2 threes and a driving lay-up.

The trade of Ben Wallace and Joe Smith to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Larry Hughes and Drew Gooden also caused a logjam in the backcourt. He eventually found his way back into the rotation and once again proved to be a solid floor general. In a game against the Golden State Warriors on 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.

New York Knicks (2008–2010)

On July 4, 2008, Duhon accepted a two-year deal worth close to $12 million total to play for the New York Knicks. Though his other suitor, the Orlando Magic, were considered a team more championship-built, he would have been a backup to Jameer Nelson. With the Knicks, he was considered a possible replacement to Stephon Marbury, whose contract with the Knicks was bought out later that season.

On November 29, 2008, in a game against the Golden State Warriors, Duhon set a new Knicks single-game record with 22 assists in one game.

Orlando Magic (2010–2012)

On July 8, 2010, Duhon signed a 4 year deal worth $15 million with the Orlando Magic.

Los Angeles Lakers (2012–2013)

On August 10, 2012, Duhon was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers along with teammates Dwight Howard and Earl Clark as part of a 4-team blockbuster deal.  On June 29, 2013, Duhon was waived by the Lakers.

 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
2004–05 Chicago 82 73 26.5 .352 .355 .731 2.6 4.9 1.0 .0 5.9
2005–06 Chicago 74 38 29.1 .400 .360 .818 3.0 5.0 .9 .0 8.7
2006–07 Chicago 78 30 24.4 .408 .359 .752 2.2 4.0 .9 .1 7.2
2007–08 Chicago 66 18 22.6 .387 .348 .813 1.8 4.0 .7 .0 5.8
2008–09 New York 79 78 36.8 .421 .391 .856 3.1 7.2 .9 .1 11.1
2009–10 New York 67 59 30.9 .373 .349 .716 2.7 5.6 .9 .0 7.4
2010–11 Orlando 51 5 15.2 .380 .250 .560 1.0 2.3 .3 .0 2.5
2011–12 Orlando 63 9 19.5 .419 .420 .810 1.6 2.4 .6 .1 3.8
2012–13 L.A. Lakers 46 9 17.8 .382 .363 .462 1.5 2.9 .4 .0 2.9
Career 606 319 25.6 .393 .363 .784 2.3 4.4 .8 .1 6.5

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Chicago 6 5 26.5 .297 .273 .818 4.3 3.5 .3 .0 6.2
2006 Chicago 6 0 21.8 .360 .438 .833 2.7 2.2 .3 .0 5.0
2007 Chicago 9 0 19.1 .290 .316 .800 1.8 2.3 .3 .1 3.6
2011 Orlando 1 0 4.0 .500 .500 1.000 .0 .0 .0 .0 5.0
2012 Orlando 5 0 12.2 .200 .333 .000 1.4 1.8 1.0 .2 .6
2013 L.A. Lakers 2 0 34.0 .364 .375 .000 1.5 3.5 1.0 .5 5.5
Career 29 5 20.5 .315 .343 .774 2.4 2.4 .5 .1 4.1

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