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Thomas James Gugliotta (born December 19, 1969) is a former American professional basketball player who played thirteen seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Tom Gugliotta
Gugliotta, Tom (2008).jpg
Personal information
Born (1969-12-19) December 19, 1969 (age 49)
Huntington Station, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High schoolWalt Whitman
(Huntington Station, New York)
CollegeNC State (1988–1992)
NBA draft1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Washington Bullets
Playing career1992–2005
PositionPower forward
Number24, 8, 42, 7
Career history
19921994Washington Bullets
1994–1995Golden State Warriors
19951998Minnesota Timberwolves
19992004Phoenix Suns
2004Utah Jazz
2004–2005Boston Celtics
2005Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points9,895 (13.0 ppg)
Rebounds5,589 (7.3 rpg)
Steals1,079 (1.4 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early lifeEdit

The youngest of seven children, Gugliotta attended Walt Whitman High School. His two older brothers, Frank Jr. and Charlie, both enjoyed limited collegiate success on the hardwood and played professionally in Europe. His father called an old friend, Jim Valvano at North Carolina State University during his senior season and told Valvano that his youngest son was going to be a special basketball player. Valvano took a chance on Gugliotta and brought him to Raleigh.[citation needed]

College careerEdit

During his freshman season, "Googs" was limited by a knee injury. However, he emerged in the second half of the ACC season as a member of the rotation for the Wolfpack and appeared in 28 games, averaging two points and 1.3 rebounds per game. During the offseason, Valvano began telling crowds at Wolfpack Club meetings that Gugliotta was beginning to blossom. Emerging as a taller, heavier sophomore, Gugliotta averaged 11.1 points and seven rebounds a game. As a junior, Gugliotta began to show his star potential, averaging more than 15 points and nine rebounds per game. As a senior, Gugliotta averaged more than 22 points and almost 10 rebounds per game.

NBAEdit

Gugliotta was drafted in 1992 out of North Carolina State University with the 6th overall pick by the National Basketball Association's Washington Bullets. In 13 NBA seasons he averaged 13.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 2.8 apg over 763 regular season games, but appeared in only 12 playoff games. His best years were with the Minnesota Timberwolves, scoring 20.6 and 20.1 ppg in the 1996–1997 and 1997–1998 seasons. Gugliotta also played for the Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz and the Atlanta Hawks.

AccidentEdit

On December 17, 1999, Gugliotta had a near-death experience. Having trouble sleeping after games, Gugliotta took a supplement marketed as a "sleep aid" which included furanon di-hydro, also known as gamma butyrolactone, or GBL. Gugliotta was talking to his wife, Nikki, on his cellular telephone when he collapsed and stopped breathing. His wife heard the commotion and called the wife of teammate Rex Chapman who was able to call her husband on the bus and instruct him to check his bag for the supplement bottle. The information saved his life as doctors were able to give him an antidote in the emergency room moments later.[1]

PersonalEdit

Tom met his wife, Nikki, at North Carolina State and later had a daughter, Greer. They were later divorced.

He was inducted into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame on Long Island in the Basketball Category with the Class of 1994.

NBA career statisticsEdit

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 seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1992–93 Washington 81 81 34.5 .426 .281 .644 9.6 3.8 1.7 0.4 14.7
1993–94 Washington 78 78 35.8 .466 .270 .685 9.3 3.5 2.2 0.7 17.1
1994–95 Washington 6 6 37.7 .398 .500 .788 8.8 3.0 3.5 1.8 16.0
1994–95 Golden State 40 40 33.1 .443 .311 .567 7.4 3.1 1.3 0.6 10.9
1994–95 Minnesota 31 17 32.8 .454 .318 .762 7.2 4.5 2.0 0.9 14.4
1995–96 Minnesota 78 78 36.3 .471 .302 .773 8.8 3.1 1.8 1.2 16.2
1996–97 Minnesota 81 81 38.7 .442 .258 .820 8.7 4.1 1.6 1.1 20.6
1997–98 Minnesota 41 41 38.6 .502 .118 .821 8.7 4.1 1.5 0.5 20.1
1998–99 Phoenix 43 43 36.3 .483 .286 .794 8.9 2.8 1.4 0.5 17.4
1999–00 Phoenix 54 54 32.7 .481 .125 .775 7.9 2.3 1.5 0.6 13.7
2000–01 Phoenix 57 2 20.3 .392 .250 .792 4.5 1.0 0.8 0.4 6.4
2001–02 Phoenix 44 40 25.7 .422 .333 .757 5.0 1.8 0.9 0.7 6.5
2002–03 Phoenix 27 11 16.6 .455 .000 1.000 3.7 1.1 0.5 0.2 4.8
2003–04 Phoenix 30 3 10.1 .313 .000 .750 1.9 0.7 0.5 0.1 2.3
2003–04 Utah 25 24 20.6 .375 .333 .700 5.2 1.7 0.7 0.3 3.7
2004–05 Boston 20 0 10.9 .297 - .667 2.2 0.6 0.5 0.6 1.3
2004–05 Atlanta 27 9 27.7 .431 .308 .784 5.5 2.1 1.2 0.5 7.9
Career 763 608 30.9 .451 .284 .784 7.3 2.8 1.4 0.6 13.0
All-Star 1 0 19.0 .429 .000 .750 8.0 3.0 2.0 - 9.0

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1996–97 Minnesota 3 3 40.3 .422 .750 .600 5.3 4.3 2.3 0.7 18.3
1998–99 Phoenix 3 3 39.3 .371 - .750 8.3 3.3 1.3 1.0 10.7
2000–01 Phoenix 4 0 21.5 .308 - .778 3.8 0.8 2.0 0.3 5.8
2002–03 Phoenix 2 0 5.0 .500 - .500 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5
Career 12 6 27.9 .393 .750 .690 4.8 2.2 1.6 0.5 9.6

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