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Chris Taft
PF/C - 6'10, 261lbs - 37 years old - 1 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2013 season
  • Birthdate: 03/10/1985
  • Drafted (NBA): 42nd pick, 2005
  • Pre-draft team: Pittsburgh
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
Transactions
DateLeagueTransaction
2005 NBA DraftNBADrafted 42nd overall by Golden State.
4th August, 2005NBASigned a partially guaranteed three year contract with Golden State, for $423,762 in the first season and the final two seasons at the minimum salary.
21st September, 2005CBADrafted 16th overall in the 2005 CBA College Draft by Dakota Wizards.
27th October, 2006NBAWaived by Golden State.
7th January, 2008D-LeagueAcquired by Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
24th January, 2008D-LeagueWaived by Rio Grande Valley Vipers due to injury.
3rd November, 2011D-LeagueDrafted 49th overall in the 2011 D-League Draft by Springfield Armor.
22nd November, 2011D-LeagueWaived by Springfield Armor due to injury.
6th August, 2012FinlandSigned a one year contract with Korhait Uusikaupunki.
7th December, 2012FinlandReleased by Korhait Uusikaupunki.
30th October, 2013D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Springfield Armor.
31st October, 2013D-LeagueTraded by Springfield Armor to Santa Cruz Warriors in exchange for the #47 pick in the 2013 D-League draft (Paul Sturgess).
6th November, 2013D-LeagueWaived by Santa Cruz Warriors.
Career Moves
2003 - 2005Pittsburgh (NCAA)
June 2005 - October 2006Golden State Warriors (NBA)
January 2008Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
November 2011Springfield Armor (D-League)
August 2012 - December 2012Korihait (Finland)
October 2013Springfield Armor (D-League)
October 2013 - November 2013Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League)
Articles about Chris Taft

May 10, 2010

[...] So as you can see, the case of Morrow is not the first time Golden State has rued not giving a player a third year on their minimum salary contract. On the plus side, though, they did have the foresight to give three years to Monta Ellis. And Chris Taft. And Richard Hendrix. Although the latter two ended up costing the team over $1.5 million for only 17 games played. But you win some, you lose some.

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May 9, 2010

- Chris Taft

Chris Taft has been out of basketball basically since 2005. Formerly touted as a future number 1 overall pick, Taft eventually slumped all the way down to being only a 42nd pick for the Warriors in the 2005 draft. He played 18 games to begin the season, and averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 8.5 minutes per game, shooting 61% from the field and 17% from the foul line; however, his rookie season was cut short by back spasms. Taft had surgery for a herniated disc in early 2006, and the Warriors waived him in 2006 preseason with a full guaranteed season remaining on his contract. It was discovered that Taft's recurrent back problems were due to polymyositis, a progressive disease which weakens core muscle strength.

After two years on the shelf, Taft returned in January 2008 when he was acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League. Taft played 8 games with the team, totalling 100 minutes, 32 points and 20 rebounds. However, in that eighth game, Taft landed awkwardly on an opponent and dislocated his right foot, so that it pointed at an angle that feet shouldn't point at. Taft then got a bone infection in the wound, and was again looking at a lengthy period on the shelf. He has not played anywhere since.

Taft attended a tryout with the quirky Philippines national team in early 2009, but it fell through when it became apparent that Taft had not suitably recovered from his injuries. He continues to try to rehab with the help of polymyositis specialists, and in the interim has returned to the University of Pittsburgh to complete his degree. He is looking to land a summer league berth as the next stage in his comeback.

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