Mayce Edward Christopher “Chris, C-Webb” Webber III (March 1, 1973-) will, unfortunately, be remembered as much for his famous blunder in the 1993 NCAA Championship game prior to joining the NBA as he will for his 14-year career playing power forward with five different teams. The Michigan native led his high school team to three consecutive MHSA state championships and he was named the 1990-91 National High School Player of the Year, Michigan’s “Mr. Basketball” as a senior and a McDonald’s All-American. Webber then attended the University of Michigan where he joined Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson in the starting lineup – a core group of starters that came to be known as the Fab Five as one of the most talented team’s in the NCAA. The Michigan squad reached the NCAA Tournament Championship game in 1992 and 1993, losing both efforts. In the waning seconds of the 1993 final against the University of North Carolina as Michigan trailed 73-71, Webber called a time-out, though one was not available, and was called for a technical foul, virtually handing the Tarheels the National Championship. Chris was a 1993 Consensus All-American and a finalist for the John R. Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year awards.
Despite his momentary lapse, C-Webb declared for the draft after two years at Michigan and the Orlando Magic took Chris with the Number One overall pick of the 1993 NBA Draft, but then traded his rights to the Golden State Warriors for Anfernee Hardaway and future draft choices. Four of the Fab Five reached the NBA (Webber, Howard, Rose, King). Chris scored 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds in his first year with the Warriors and was named the 1993-94 NBA Rookie of the Year and earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors. Chris’ 15-year career began and ended with Golden State (1993-94, 2007-08) and also played for the Washington Bullets/Wizards (1994-1997, 1997-98), the Sacramento kings (1998-2005), the Philadelphia 76ers (2005-2007) and the Detroit Pistons (2006-07). He earned five NBA All-NBA First, Second or Third Team selections and played in five NBA All-Star Games. Though he never appeared in an NBA Finals Championship series, Chris Webber scored 17,182 points and collected 8,124 rebounds, 1,197 steals, 3,526 assists and 1,200 blocks in 831 games.