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{{Infobox NBAretired
name = Chris Dudley
image =
position = Center
height_ft = 6
height_in = 11
weight_lbs = 235
number= 14
birthdate =
Stamford, Connecticutmarker
debutyear = 1987
finalyear = 2003
draftyear = 1987
draftround = 4
draftpick = 6
teams= [[Cleveland Cavaliers]] (1988-1990)
[[New Jersey Nets]] (1990-1993)
[[Portland Trail Blazers]] (1994-1997, 2002-2003)
[[New York Knicks]] (1998-2000)
[[Phoenix Suns]] (2000-2001) |stat1label=[[Point (basketball)|Points]] |stat1value=3,473 |stat2label=[[Rebound (basketball)|Rebounds]] |stat2value=5,457 |stat3label=[[Block (basketball)|Blocks]] |stat3value=1,027 |college = [[Yale University]] |nationality = [[United States|American]] |draft_team = Cleveland Cavaliers |letter=d |bbr =dudlech02 |highlights= }} :''For the keyboardist for Underoath, see [[Christopher Dudley]].'' '''Christen Guilford Dudley ''' (born February 22, 1965) is a former [[NBA]] [[basketball]] player, who spent sixteen years playing for different teams. The oft-injured [[center (basketball)|center]] was known as a good [[rebound (sports term)|rebound]]er and [[block (basketball)|shot blocker]] but also for his limited offensive game and poor [[free throw]] shooting. Once, in a game on [[April 14]], [[1990]], he missed 17 of 18 foul shots, including a record 13 straight.[http://www.nba.com/playerfile/chris_dudley/bio.html NBA.com: Chris Dudley Bio] However, his immaculate work ethic and his ability to play 886 NBA games during his career while being a [[diabetes|diabetic]] earned him much respect. Dudley is the grandson of [[Guilford Dudley (ambassador)|Guilford Dudley]], who was [[United States|U.S.]] [[ambassador]] to [[Denmark]] under the [[Richard Nixon|Nixon]] and [[Gerald Ford|Ford]] presidential administrations. ==Early career== A star [[high school]] basketball player, Dudley was diagnosed with type 1 [[diabetes]] in 1981, at the age of sixteen. He began daily [[insulin]] injection treatment immediately. He attended [[Yale University]], where he played [[National Collegiate Athletic Association|NCAA]] basketball from 1983 to 1987 and earned [[academic degree|degree]]s in [[Political Science]] and [[Economics]]. ==NBA career== Dudley began playing with the [[Cleveland Cavaliers]] during the [[1987-88 NBA season]]. He was the only active person with diabetes in the league during his career. Dudley, a 6'11" (83 inches) center, was nagged by injuries most of his career. During his rookie season, he played in 55 of 82 games, averaging three points per game. During the 1989-1990 season, he was traded to the [[New Jersey Nets]]. He played three years with the Nets, including the 1990-1991 season, in which he enjoyed his best scoring average: 7.1 points per game in 61 contests. In the 1991-1992 season, he was available for all 82 games, one of only two such years in his career. In the 1992-1993 season, he and teammates [[Derrick Coleman]] and [[Drazen Petrovic]] helped the Nets to their second playoff spot in two years. The summer after that season, Petrovic died in a car accident in [[Germany]], and Dudley went to the [[Portland Trail Blazers]]. During his first season and a half as a Trail Blazer, he played with [[Clyde Drexler]], and later, with [[Damon Stoudamire]]. An injury kept Dudley out of all but six games during his first season in Portland. Drexler was shipped to the [[Houston Rockets]] in the middle of the next season. Still, Dudley and the Blazers made it to the playoffs. After playing 161 games for the Blazers between 1995 and 1997, Dudley went to the [[New York Knicks]], where he backed up [[Patrick Ewing]] for three seasons. In 1999, he reached the [[NBA Finals]] for the only time in his career, but the Knicks were eliminated by the [[San Antonio Spurs]], four games to one. Also in 1999, he grabbed his 5,000th NBA rebound during a game between the Knicks and the [[Detroit Pistons]]. After his stint with the Knicks, Dudley went on to play with the [[Phoenix Suns]], participating in 53 games in the 2000-2001 season. He returned to the Trail Blazers in 2002, and retired after playing three games during the 2002-2003 season. In a career total of 886 NBA games, Dudley scored 3473 points (3.9 points per game), 375 [[assist (basketball)|assist]]s (0.4 assists per game), 1027 blocked shots (1.2 blocks per game) and 5457 rebounds (6.2 rebounds per game). He was the recipient of the NBA's [[J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award]] in 1996, and ''[[USA Today]]'''s Most Caring Athlete Award in 1997.

After retirement

In 1998, he opened the Chris Dudley Foundation, an Oregon-based group intended to improve the lives of diabetic children. He received an NBA award for opening the organization. From 2005 to 2007, he was a volunteer assistant coach for the Lake Oswego High Schoolmarker boys' basketball team, where he mentored UCLA-bound star Kevin Love.

In early 2006, Dudley became vice president of M Financial Wealth Management. Since October 2008, he has been a partner with Filigree Advisors.

On October 11, 2009, The Oregonian reported that Dudley was considering entering the Republican primary for Oregon Governor in 2010.

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