Tim Legler

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Tim Legler
Personal information
Born (1966-12-26) December 26, 1966 (age 57)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school John Randolph Tucker
(Richmond, Virginia)
College La Salle (1984–1988)
NBA draft 1988: undrafted
Playing career1988–1999
Position Shooting guard
Number23, 22, 18, 20
Career history
1988 Philadelphia Aces
1988–1989 Rochester Flyers
1989 Youngstown Pride
1989–1990 Omaha Racers
1990 Phoenix Suns
1990Philadelphia Aces
1990Omaha Racers
1990–1991 Denver Nuggets
1991 Philadelphia Spirit
1991–1992Omaha Racers
1992 Limoges CSP
1992Philadelphia Spirit
1992 Utah Jazz
1992–1993Omaha Racers
19931994 Dallas Mavericks
1994–1995Omaha Racers
1995 Golden State Warriors
19951999 Washington Bullets / Wizards
1999 Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 1,967 (6.9 ppg)
Rebounds 481 (1.6 rpg)
Assists 402 (1.3 apg)
Stats   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Timothy Eugene Legler (born December 26, 1966) is an American former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). [1] He is currently an ESPN basketball analyst [1] and co-host/analyst on SiriusXM NBA Radio. [2]


College career

Legler attended La Salle University, [1] where he became an Academic All-American and scored 1,699 career points in four seasons for the men's basketball team. He was named to the First Team All-Big 5 (1987) and All-MAAC teams (1987 and 1988). Legler's 3.40 GPA earned him a place on the 1988 GTE Academic All-American Team. He was a career 43 percent three-point shooter. Legler led La Salle to the 1987 National Invitation Tournament championship game at Madison Square Garden as well as the 1988 NCAA tournament. He was inducted into the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1995 and the La Salle Hall of Athletes in 1997.

NBA career

Legler went undrafted in the 1988 NBA draft and went to play basketball in Europe. After playing a few seasons in Europe, he came back to the United States and played in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) with the Omaha Racers. He led Omaha to a CBA championship while leading the league in scoring.

Legler played in the NBA at the shooting guard position from 1990 to 1999. He is primarily known for his time in Washington, where he played four seasons (two with the Washington Bullets and two with the renamed Washington Wizards) from 1995 to 1999. Legler also played for the Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, and Golden State Warriors.

in the 1995-96 season, he won the 1996 Three-Point Shootout during All-Star Weekend, and holds the record for a 3-round aggregate of 65 points, having tallied 23, 22, and 20 in each round, out of a maximum possible of 30 points per round, and 90 overall. He continued on to have his most productive season statistically, leading the league in both three-point field goal percentage and true shooting percentage, and ranked third in turnover ratio. [3] Legler made 128 three-pointers, which was over 49% of all career threes he made. Legler was one of three NBA players to finish a season shooting better than 50 percent from the field, better than 50 percent from the three-point line, and better than 80 percent from the free-throw line, the others being Steve Kerr and Detlef Schrempf.

Legler was well known as an accurate three-point shooter and made 260 of his 604 attempts from that range in his career, an accuracy of 43 percent. This figure ranks eighth on the all-time list [3]

His career ended due to a recurring knee problem. During his 10 seasons in the league, Legler made a little over $5.1 million in salary. [3]

Post-NBA career

Legler currently appears regularly on the ESPN programs NBA Shootaround , NBA Fastbreak , First Take and NBA Coast to Coast , and he is a basketball analyst on SportsCenter and various shows on ESPN Radio. He has worked at the network since 2000. [1] He currently also is a co-host with Adam Mares on the All-NBA podcast.

Legler was considered a front-runner for the vacant La Salle head coaching job in 2018, but the position was ultimately given to Ashley Howard. [4]

Personal life

Legler attended John Randolph Tucker High School in Henrico County, Virginia and St. Mary's Catholic School in Richmond, Virginia. In 2002, he earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is married to Christina (née Fuller) who is a former Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader. Legler has two children with his ex-wife Jennifer and resides in the Philadelphia area.

Career statistics

  GPGames 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
*Led the league


Source [3]

Regular season

1989–90 Phoenix 1107.5.379.0001.
1990–91 Denver 10014.8.347.250.8331.
1992–93 Utah 301.7.333.
1992–93 Dallas 30021.0.437.338.8031.
1993–94 Dallas 79016.7.438.374.8401.
1994–95 Golden State 24015.5.522.520.8821.
1995–96 Washington 77023.1.507.522*.8631.
1996–97 Washington 15012.1.313.276.8571.
1997–98 Washington 809.
1998–99 Washington 30012.6.443.400.5001.
1999–2000 Golden State 23412.3.359.333.7781.


1997 Washington 306.

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