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Marquese De’Shawn Chriss (born July 2, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Washington Huskies. He was selected in the first round of the 2016 NBA draft with the eighth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings, and he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team as a member of the Phoenix Suns in 2017.

Marquese Chriss
Marquese Chriss (cropped).jpg
Chriss with the Cavaliers in 2019
No. 32 – Golden State Warriors
Personal information
Born (1997-07-02) July 2, 1997 (age 22)
Sacramento, California
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolPleasant Grove
(Elk Grove, California)
CollegeWashington (2015–2016)
NBA draft2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career2016–present
Career history
20162018Phoenix Suns
2018–2019Houston Rockets
2019Cleveland Cavaliers
2019–presentGolden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Early life and high schoolEdit

As a youth growing up in Sacramento, California, Chriss played baseball and American football.[1] Between fifth grade and eighth grade, he showed promise as a tight end, defensive end and safety. However, during a game in his eighth-grade season, Chriss landed awkwardly on his shoulder while attempting to catch a long pass and broke his collarbone. His mother subsequently disallowed Chriss to play football from then on, and he was forced to choose basketball instead.[2]

Chriss attended Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, California. As a freshman at Pleasant Grove, Chriss was one of 25 students who showed up for tryouts. The school only had junior varsity and varsity teams, which meant that roster spots were limited, especially for a player like Chriss who previously had zero competitive experience in the sport. Chriss almost didn't make it, but his energy and effort stood out. He began the season as a reserve before eventually working his way into the starting lineup. A year later, he started for the varsity team and led the school to a 28–6 record and a state championship. Colleges began offering Chriss scholarships that season, with the first coming from Northern Arizona University.[1] In January 2014, he committed to the University of Washington.[2]

As a senior in 2014–15, Chriss averaged 21.9 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game. Scout ranked him as the No. 55 recruit in the nation for the class of 2015 and Rivals ranked him as the No. 56 recruit, while ESPN and both ranked him at No. 60.[3]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Marquese Chriss
#13 PF
Elk Grove, CA Pleasant Grove High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jan 13, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 55   Rivals: 56  ESPN: 60
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College careerEdit

Chriss had a phenomenal start at Washington, recording a double-double with a season-high 29 points and 10 rebounds in the second game of the season against Mount St. Mary's. In the following weeks, however, his production dipped because he developed a habit of collecting unnecessary fouls. He fouled out of three straight non-conference games during the Battle 4 Atlantis in November 2015. His mother stepped in once again with a decision that likely saved his season in terms of productivity. She suggested Chriss consult a sports psychologist, and the Huskies accommodated her request. Chriss was forced to learn to play defense without fouling.[2] He went on to have one of the top freshman campaigns in their program's history, finishing with the fourth-most points by a freshman (467), fifth-most rebounds (183), and the most blocks (55), the last of which being a freshman record there. His three-point shooting improved greatly as the season went on – he shot 6-for-26 (23.1 percent) from beyond the arc during the first 19 games of the season, and went 15-for-34 (44.1 percent) during the last 15 contests.[3] He started all 34 games in 2015–16 and averaged 13.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.[4] He subsequently earned honorable mention Pac-12 All-Freshmen selection.[5]

On March 23, 2016, Chriss declared for the 2016 NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.[6][7]

Professional careerEdit

Phoenix Suns (2016–2018)Edit

2016–17 seasonEdit

Throughout the draft process, Chriss went from being a considerable late-lottery or mid-first round talent to rising up in the draft as a potential Top 3 draft candidate.[8][9] In the days leading up to the draft, Chriss agreed to terms on a multi-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal with Nike.[10] He ended up being selected with the eighth overall pick in the draft by the Sacramento Kings. Chriss was later traded to the Phoenix Suns on draft night for the draft rights to Bogdan Bogdanović and the rights of the 13th and 28th picks of the draft, Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissière.[11] He became the first recruit outside of the top 50 rankings to be drafted in the top 10 as a one-and-done player since the rule was instituted in 2005.[12] On July 7, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Suns and joined the team for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[13] Chriss played in three games for the Suns during the Summer League before developing an illness that ruled him out for the rest of the tournament.[14]

Chriss made his debut for the Suns in their season opener on October 26, 2016 against the team that originally drafted him, the Sacramento Kings. In 22 minutes off the bench, he recorded seven points, four rebounds, two assists and one block in a 113–94 loss.[15] With Chriss playing alongside Devin Booker and fellow rookie Dragan Bender, the Suns became the first NBA team to have three teenagers on the floor in the same game.[16] He made his first start for the Suns on November 8 against the Portland Trail Blazers, recording seven points, four rebounds and one block in 20 minutes of play during the 124–121 loss.[17] On December 13, he recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in a 113–111 overtime win over the New York Knicks.[18] On January 25, he was named in the U.S. Team for the 2017 Rising Stars Challenge.[19] Five days later, Chriss had his first 20-point game in a 115–96 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.[20] On February 2, 2017, he was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in January, after averaging 8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals for the month.[21] Two days later, he scored a career-high 27 points in a 137–112 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.[22] On March 5, 2017, he had a career-best five blocked shots in a 109–106 win over the Boston Celtics.[23] His five blocks were the most by a Suns rookie since Amar'e Stoudemire had six in November 2002.[24] On March 15, 2017, he had a career high-tying five blocks in a 107–101 loss to the Sacramento Kings.[25] On April 1, 2017, he recorded 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in a 130–117 loss to Portland.[26] As a rookie, Chriss played in all 82 games—the only Suns player to do so in 2016–17.[27] At the season's end, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, becoming the 14th player in franchise history to be named All-Rookie.[28]

2017–18 seasonEdit

In July 2017, Chriss re-joined the Suns for the 2017 NBA Summer League.[29] In five games, Chriss averaged 14.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. On December 26, 2017, Chriss tied a career high with 13 rebounds in a 99–97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.[30][31] On January 12, 2018, Chriss missed the Suns' game against the Houston Rockets due to a hip injury, ending a streak of 124 consecutive games to begin his career. It was the longest streak by a Sun since Kyle Macy played in the first 329 games of his pro career from 1980–84.[32] He returned to action on January 26 after missing six games, and was 1-for-12 from the field for three points in a 107–85 loss to the New York Knicks.[33] On January 31, in a 102–88 win over the Dallas Mavericks, Chriss reached 100 career steals, three-pointers and blocks at 20 years, 213 days old. He became the third youngest player ever to reach 100 of each with only LeBron James and Kevin Durant doing so younger.[34] On April 1, Chriss scored a season-high 22 points against the Golden State Warriors.[35] He topped that mark on April 6 with 23 points against the New Orleans Pelicans.[36]

Houston Rockets (2018–2019)Edit

On August 31, 2018, Chriss was traded, alongside Brandon Knight, to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton.[37] On October 30, 2018, after missing the first five games of the season with a sprained left ankle, Chriss made his debut for the Rockets, recording four points and two rebounds in a 104–85 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.[38]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2019)Edit

On February 7, 2019, Chriss was acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade involving the Rockets and Sacramento Kings.[39]

Golden State Warriors (2019–present)Edit

On September 30, 2019, Chriss signed with the Golden State Warriors.[40]

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


Regular seasonEdit

2016–17 Phoenix 82 75 21.3 .449 .321 .624 4.2 .7 .8 .9 9.2
2017–18 Phoenix 72 49 21.2 .423 .295 .608 5.5 1.2 .7 1.0 7.7
2018–19 Houston 16 0 6.5 .324 .067 .857 1.8 .4 .1 .3 1.8
2018–19 Cleveland 27 2 14.6 .384 .263 .684 4.2 .6 .6 .3 5.7
Career 197 126 19.1 .429 .296 .628 4.5 .8 .7 .8 7.6


2015–16 Washington 34 34 24.9 .530 .350 .682 5.4 .8 .9 1.6 13.7

Personal lifeEdit

Chriss is the fourth-oldest of 9 brothers and sisters. He has three older and two younger sisters, and is the oldest of four brothers.[41] His mother is Shawntae Wright, a licensed clinical social worker in Placer County, California.[42] Chriss' stepdad, Michael Wright, had lived in Tacoma, Washington, and the visits to the Northwest were considered an influence to him going to the University of Washington.[43]


  1. ^ a b 5 Things to Know about Suns Rookie Marquese Chriss
  2. ^ a b c Allen, Percy (February 17, 2016). "Marquese Chriss finds his comfort zone with basketball and at UW". Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Draft Profile: Marquese Chriss
  4. ^ #0 Marquese Chriss
  5. ^ Marquese Chriss Bio
  6. ^ Marquese Chriss, Dejounte Murray are one-and-done at Washington
  7. ^ Washington's Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss declare for NBA draft
  8. ^ 2016 NBA Mock Draft: Ivan Rabb's return to Cal bumps up prospects
  9. ^ 2016 NBA Mock Draft: Marquese Chriss to Boston Celtics in DraftExpress' latest projections
  10. ^ Sources: Marquese Chriss agrees to Nike deal
  11. ^ Suns Acquire Marquese Chriss in Draft-Day Trade with Kings
  12. ^ Marquese Chriss Is the Draft's Biggest Gamble
  13. ^ Suns Sign Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss and Tyler Ulis
  14. ^ Suns Summer League Notes: On Chriss, Booker, Watson and Troy Williams
  15. ^ "Kings vs. Suns – Box Score". October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  16. ^ Opening Night Game Preview: Phoenix Suns kick off season against Sacramento Kings
  17. ^ Suns vs. Trail Blazers – Box Score
  18. ^ Bledsoe, Suns beat Knicks 113-111 in OT
  19. ^ "Minnesota's Towns and Philadelphia's Embiid headline roster for 2017 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge". January 25, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  20. ^ "Conley scores career-high 38, Grizzlies rout Suns 115-96". January 30, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  21. ^ "Chriss Named NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month". February 2, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  22. ^ Bucks rout Suns to snap 5-game losing streak
  23. ^ "Ulis hits 3 at buzzer, Suns beat Celtics in wild finish". March 5, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  24. ^ "The four blocks by @Quese_22 are already the..." Twitter. March 5, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  25. ^ "Kings vs. Suns – Box Score". March 15, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  26. ^ "Marquese Chriss Sets Career-High vs Portland". April 1, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  27. ^ "2016-17 Phoenix Suns Roster and Stats". Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  28. ^ Cunningham, Cody (June 26, 2017). "Marquese Chriss Named to NBA All-Rookie Second Team". Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  29. ^ Phoenix Suns announce roster for NBA Summer League in Las Vegas
  30. ^ "Grizzlies vs. Suns – Box Score". December 26, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  31. ^ "Marquese Chriss ties his career high with 13..." Twitter. December 26, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  32. ^ "Without Harden again, Paul leads Rockets to rout of Suns". January 12, 2018. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  33. ^ "Kanter, Knicks end long trip with 22-point win over Suns". January 26, 2018. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  34. ^ King, Dave (January 31, 2018). "Final Score: Suns rope Mavericks 102-88, but lose Canaan for season". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  35. ^ "Marquese Chriss 2017-18 Game Log". Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  36. ^ "Mirotic, Davis lead Pelicans to blowout win over Suns". April 6, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  37. ^ "Rockets Complete Four Player Trade with Suns". August 31, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  38. ^ "Lillard, Nurkic score 22 each as Blazers rout Rockets 104-85". October 30, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018. F Marquese Chriss, who has been inactive all season because of a sprained left ankle, had four points and two rebounds.
  39. ^ "Cavs Acquire Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss Plus Picks in Three-Team Trade". February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  40. ^ "Warriors Sign Free Agent Forward Marquese Chriss". Warriors PR on Twitter. September 30, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  41. ^ Tom Leander With Marquese Chriss
  42. ^ Marquese Chriss could become franchise player for Phoenix Suns
  43. ^ Marquese Chriss could be key to Huskies’ future — if he doesn’t go pro

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