Christopher A. McCullough (born February 5, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Prior to attending Syracuse University, McCullough went to Salisbury School, Brewster Academy, and IMG Academy.

High school career

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. [2] 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.

College career

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. [4] [5]

Professional career

Brooklyn Nets (2015–2017)

In April 2015, McCullough declared for the 2015 NBA draft, while still recovering from an ACL injury. [6] Despite that, on June 25, he was selected with the 29th overall pick by the Brooklyn Nets. [7] On July 1, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Nets. [8] He missed the first half of the 2015–16 season with the ACL injury he sustained as a freshman at Syracuse. [9] On February 5, 2016, he was activated for the first time, but did not play for the Nets against the Sacramento Kings. [2] 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. [2]

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. [2] In his third straight start for the Nets on April 11, he had another 12-point game in a loss to the Wizards. [2]

During his second season with Brooklyn, McCullough had multiple assignments with the Long Island Nets of the NBA Development League. [2]

Washington Wizards (2017–present)

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. [2] 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. [2] Two days later, he was assigned to the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA Development League, pursuant to the flexible assignment rule. [2] He remained with Northern Arizona until the end of the 2016–17 D-League season.

NBA career statistics

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

2015–16 Brooklyn 24 4 15.1 .404 .382 .478 2.8 .4 1.2 .5 4.7
2016–17 Brooklyn 14 0 5.1 .516 .167 .667 1.2 .1 .1 .1 2.5
2016–17 Washington 2 0 4.0 .000 .000 .500 1.0 .0 .5 .0 .5
Career 40 4 11.1 .426 .341 .500 2.2 .3 .8 .4 3.7