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Chris Duhon is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Duhon was a point guard for the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team from 2000 to 2004. He then played for the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and Orlando Magic before joining the Lakers. Fellow NBA player Jarrett Jack is his cousin.
In June 2004, Duhon was selected as the 38th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. In his rookie season with the Bulls, Duhon played in all 82 games, averaging 5.9 points and 4.9 assists per game. Duhon's best game in his rookie year was against the Atlanta Hawks. Duhon led the Bulls in a comeback against the Hawks, where they trailed at the half. Duhon hit 8 of 9 three-point field-goals in the game, scoring 24 points. This was a franchise record before Ben Gordon, a fellow 2004 draft pick; hit nine threes the following season. The Bulls re-signed Duhon after matching an offer from the Toronto Raptors for the 2005–06 seasons. In the 2005–2006 seasons, Duhon averaged 8.7 points per game and 5.0 assists per game. In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Duhon's Stand Tall Foundation handed out over 3,000 boxes of supplies worth $450,000 for residents of his hometown Slidell. On July 4, 2008, Duhon accepted a two-year deal worth close to $12 million total to play for the New York Knicks.
Though his other suitor, the Orlando Magic, were considered a team more championship-built, he would have been a backup to Jameer Nelson. With the Knicks, he was considered a possible replacement to Stephon Marbury, whose contract with the Knicks was bought out later that season. On November 29, 2008, in a game against the Golden State Warriors, Duhon set a new Knicks single-game record with 22 assists in one game.