About Chris Wilcox

Christopher Ray Wilcox was born on September 3, 1982 to Debra Brown and Raymond Wilcox in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Chris, known to friends and family as Weezy, grew up in the small nearby town of Whiteville. He attended Whiteville High School where as a junior he led the basketball team to the 2A State Championship Title. Chris transferred to William G. Enloe High School in Raleigh for better exposure, where he finished his high school career as the 20th ranked player in the nation.  Although the top ranked player in North Carolina, he chose to sign with a rival ACC school, the University of Maryland.

 


College

Chris became a Terrapin fan favorite his first year because of his athleticism and explosive prowess.  His play demanded attention on a national level and his team made it to its only Final Four appearances both two years he played.  Chris was shooting an astounding team-leading .580 from the field his freshman year.

 

During his sophomore year, as a starter, he led the Terrapins to the NCAA national championship.  He averaged 12 points per game along with tallying 7.1 rebounds and 1.47 blocks in 36 games, finishing the season as the team’s third leading scorer and second leading rebounder. Wilcox was a Third Team All-ACC selection and honorable mention ACC All-Defensive Team.


In Maryland’s Final Four victory over Kansas, Chris tallied 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots in 26 minutes of play.   Wilcox contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds in the victory over Indiana, bringing the Terps their only NCAA National Championship.  Chris declared for the NBA Draft after the victory ending his sophomore season and college career.

 


NBA

  • Drafted as the 8th overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2002 NBA draft
  • 2002-2005 Los Angeles Clippers

  • 2005-2007 Seattle SuperSonics

  • Traded to the Seattle SuperSonics in 2005 and started 23 out of the final 29 games
  • Led the team with a .521 shooting percentage two years in a row
  • Named Western Conference Player of the Week from April 3-9 after averaging 23.0 points,  15.3 rebounds and shooting .750 from the field
  • One of three Sonics players to play in all 82 games
  • Posted career highs of 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds, while shooting  .529 from the field
  • He scored over 20 points in 18 games, led or co-led the team in rebounds 30 times and recorded 20 double-doubles
  • On April 6 against the Los Angeles Lakers, Chris scored a career high 32 points and pulled down 18 rebound
  • 2008-2011

  • Sonics moved to Oklahoma City and renamed the Thunder
  • Played 37 games, averaging 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in OKC
  • Traded to the New York Knicks on February 19th, where he finished
  • the season averaging 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 25 games
  • In July 2009, Wilcox signed a two year contract with the Detroit Pistons
  • Career averages are  9.3 points,  5.3 rebounds, 21.7 minutes and .527 shooting

  • On December 9th, 2011, the Boston Celtics signed Wilcox to a one year deal for the shortened post-lockout NBA season.

 

  • Frightening news came to Wilcox in March 2012, in the midst of a solid basketball season as he was leading the Celtics in field goal percentage and averaging 17.2 minutes per game.
 
  • Wilcox discovered he had an enlarged heart and had immediate surgery, where Dr. Lars Svensson repaired his aorta with The Modified David's Reimplantation Procedure.

 

  • Celtics re-signed Chris to a one year contract for the 2012-2013 season three days after the doctors cleared him for full contact in July 2012.