Tom Gugliotta

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Tom Gugliotta
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Personal information
Born (1969-12-19) December 19, 1969 (age 53)
Huntington Station, New York, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Walt Whitman
(Huntington Station, New York)
College NC State (1988–1992)
NBA draft 1992: 1st round, 6th overall pick
Selected by the Washington Bullets
Playing career1992–2005
Position Power forward
Number24, 8, 42, 7
Career history
19921994 Washington Bullets
1994–1995 Golden State Warriors
19951998 Minnesota Timberwolves
19992004 Phoenix Suns
2004 Utah Jazz
2004–2005 Boston Celtics
2005 Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 9,895 (13.0 ppg)
Rebounds 5,589 (7.3 rpg)
Steals 1,079 (1.4 spg)
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Men's basketball
Representing Flag of the United States.svg United States
FIBA Americas Championship
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1999 San Juan National team

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


Early life

Gugliotta was born in Huntington Station on New York’s Long Island. He is the youngest of seven children, and has far Italian descents (from Sicily). He 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 career

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.


Gugliotta was drafted in 1992 out of NC State with the sixth 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.


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. [1]


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 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

Regular season

1992–93 Washington 818134.5.426.281.6449.
1993–94 Washington 787835.8.466.270.6859.
1994–95 Washington 6637.7.398.500.7888.
1994–95 Golden State 404033.1.443.311.5677.
1994–95 Minnesota 311732.8.454.318.7627.
1995–96 Minnesota 787836.3.471.302.7738.
1996–97 Minnesota 818138.7.442.258.8208.
1997–98 Minnesota 414138.6.502.118.8218.
1998–99 Phoenix 434336.3.483.286.7948.
1999–00 Phoenix 545432.7.481.125.7757.
2000–01 Phoenix 57220.3.392.250.7924.
2001–02 Phoenix 444025.7.422.333.7575.
2002–03 Phoenix 271116.6.455.0001.0003.
2003–04 Phoenix 30310.1.313.000.7501.
2003–04 Utah 252420.6.375.333.7005.
2004–05 Boston 20010.9.297.6672.
2004–05 Atlanta 27927.7.431.308.7845.


1996–97 Minnesota 3340.3.422.750.6005.
1998–99 Phoenix 3339.3.371.7508.
2000–01 Phoenix 4021.5.308.7783.
2002–03 Phoenix 205.0.500.5001.


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