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Chris Welp

Chris Welp

German basketball player
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German basketball player
A.K.A. Christian Ansgar Welp, Christian Welp
Countries Germany
Occupations Basketball player Basketball coach
Gender male
Birth 2 January 1964 (Delmenhorst)
Death 1 March 2015 (Puget Sound)
Stats
Height: 213 cm
Weight: 111 kg
Education Olympic High School
The details
Biography

Christian Ansgar Welp (January 2, 1964 – March 1, 2015) was a German professional basketball player. During his playing career, he was a 213 centimetres (7 ft 0 in), 111 kilograms (245 lb) center. He played three seasons in the NBA. He was the MVP of the 1993 EuroBasket.

College career

Welp became the leading scorer in Washington Huskies history, as a college basketball player. He scored 2,073 points for the Huskies, and was a three-time All-Pac-10 Conference selection. Welp was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1986, and helped lead the Huskies to consecutive conference regular-season titles. Welp was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame, in 2001.

Professional playing career

NBA

Welp was selected 16th overall, in the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1987 Draft, by the Philadelphia 76ers, and he played three seasons in the NBA. In December 1987, he slipped on a wet court in Chicago, the night after a Blackhawks' hockey game. Welp remembered, "There was condensation on the floor, and the ball boys were mopping the floor the whole game," and the injury "was so severe, my knee never got back to the level it was before. But no excuses."

He was traded by the 76ers, along with Maurice Cheeks and David Wingate, to the San Antonio Spurs, in exchange for Johnny Dawkins and Jay Vincent, during the off-season of 1989.

He was used sparingly by the Spurs, before being traded to the Golden State Warriors, in exchange for Uwe Blab (another German-born NBA center), at the trade deadline, during the 1989–90 NBA season. After a handful of games with the Warriors, his NBA career ended.

Europe

From 1990 to 1996, Welp played in Germany, with Bayer Leverkusen, with which he won six German national league championships and three German Cups. For the 1996–97 season, Welp played with the Greek League club Olympiacos, winning the EuroLeague title with them (and also the Triple Crown). In the 1997–98 season, he played with the German league club Alba Berlin.

He also played with the Italian league club Viola Reggio Calabria, during the 1998–99 season.

National team playing career

Welp won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 1993, as a player of the senior German national team. He scored the decisive last points in the tournament's final. He was voted MVP of that tournament.

Coaching career

Welp worked as an assistant basketball coach for the senior German national basketball team until 2006.

Personal life and death

After Welp retired from playing professional basketball in 1999, he lived in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Allison, and three children. He worked at a construction-supply business in Woodinville, for Tim Burnham, a former football player, with whom he had become friends during college.

Welp died on March 1, 2015, of heart failure. He was at a vacation home on Hood Canal, that he had purchased just after being drafted in 1987. He had been complaining of chest pains, and was planning to see a doctor.

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