Judson Donald Buechler (born June 19, 1968) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He grew up in Poway, California and attended Poway High School, where he was a top basketball recruit as well as a Top-50 men's volleyball prospect.
Buechler, circa 1987
|New York Knicks|
|Born||June 19, 1968|
San Diego, California
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Poway (Poway, California)|
|NBA draft||1990 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|Number||35, 33, 30, 26|
|1990–1991||New Jersey Nets|
|1991||San Antonio Spurs|
|1991–1994||Golden State Warriors|
|2016–2018||Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)|
|2018–present||New York Knicks (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||2,385 (3.3 ppg)|
|Assists||560 (0.8 apg)|
|Rebound||1,266 (1.8 rpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
A sharp-shooting 6 ft 6 in guard/forward, Buechler attended the University of Arizona before being selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1990 NBA draft. His draft rights were immediately traded to the New Jersey Nets, and he spent slightly over one season with the Nets before being waived in 1991.
After a brief stint with the San Antonio Spurs, he signed with the Golden State Warriors, with whom he averaged 6.2 points, 1.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds (all career highs) during the 1992–93 NBA season. However, Buechler would become best known for his four-year tenure (1994–1998) with the Chicago Bulls. With his former college teammate Steve Kerr, Buechler provided clutch shooting off the bench and played a key role during the Bulls' second three-peat (1996–1998).
Buechler ended his career with a short stint with the Orlando Magic, and he retired in 2002 with 2,385 total points, 560 total assists, and 1,266 total rebounds.
As of late 2010, he was the all-time NBA leader in "trillions"—games in which he had played for at least a minute without getting anything for the stat sheet, resulting in a number followed by 12 zeroes—with 55.
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