It was Seattle Supersonics, his hometown team, which selected Pepperdine phenom, West Coast Conference player of the year in 1991 and 1992, Doug Christie with 17th pick in the 1992 NBA draft. However, because of the contract difficulties, Sonics and Christie soon parted ways.
6’6″ guard who reminded many in the greater Los Angeles area on Magic Johnson was soon traded to the Lakers alongside center Benoit Benjamin, in exchange for a power forward Sam Perkins.
Providing a boost of youthful athleticism and limitless creativity, Christie soon ignited the Lakers’ second unit. GM Jerry West and many of the fans saw great promise in explosive 22-year swingman – someone who could potentially partially replace Magic Johnson’s role and thus revive Lakers’ ‘Showtime era.’
Versatile enough for ‘point forward’ position, Christie soon excited the fans in the Great Western Forum with the unique combination of his dribble, excellent passing, and ability to finish around the basket!
Making his debut on March 12th, 1993, in Philadelphia, Christie would showcase his skills over the next 43 remaining regular season days. Christie made plenty of highlight-reel plays for the weekly edition of the TV show ‘NBA Action’!
Today, many think that during the rookie honeymoon with the Lakers, Christie, with his explosive first step, recorded arguably the best highlight-to-playing time ratio of all-time!
Playing alongside fellow rookies Anthony Peeler and Duane Cooper, Christie would play 14.4 minutes per game while averaging modest 6.2 points, 2.2 boards, 2.3 dimes, and 1.0 steals per game.
But he would make sure that the highlight reel plays came in on a weekly basis!
Next season, Lakers’ head coach Randy Pfund experimented with Christie as the team’s small forward. The experiment, unfortunately, didn’t work, and Christie was traded to Riley’s Knicks in October 1994. In New York, he would remain stuck for the bench for 1994/95 and most of the 1995/96 season.
Christie finally saw the daylight when on February 18th, 1996, he was traded to the Toronto Raptors.
North of the border, he would become a regular contributor for the expansion Raps, while providing consistent scoring punch over the next four years. Christie also took the role of mentorship of the young superstars – Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady.
On September 30th, 2000, Christie was traded to Sacramento. He would bring his shooting and defensive expertise to the capital of California. Christie established himself as the irreplaceable member of the legendary Kings squad today known as the ‘The Greatest Show on Court’ (Jason Williams, Christie, Stojakovic, Webber, Divac).