Mayce Edward Christopher "Chris" Webber III was born March 1, 1973.
In high school, he was the most recruited player to come out of Michigan since Magic Johnson. As a senior in high school Webber averaged 29.4 points and 13 rebounds per game and was National High School Basketball Player of the Year. Webber led his high school Detroit Country Day to three Michigan State High School Basketball Championships.
Webber attended the University of Michigan for two years as part of the famed Fab Five recruiting class. He and his teammates would bring a different brand of basketball with their baggy shorts and hip hop flavor. Michigan would make two consecutive NCAA championship games, but lose both. The hardest was against North Carolina in the 1993 championship with 11 seconds remaining and trailing 73-71, Webber infamously called a timeout the team didn't have:
Webber was a unanimous All-American, but later he was indicted by a federal grand jury and stripped of his All-American honors by the NCAA as a result of his direct involvement in a scandal where he accepted money as an amateur.
Webber was drafted No. 1 overall by the Orlando Magic in the 1993 NBA Draft, but traded to the Golden State Warriors for Anfernee Hardaway and three future first round picks. Webber was a star right away, winning the NBA's rookie of the year after averaging 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds.
Over his career with the Warriors, Bullets/Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons, Webber was a 5-time All-Star. He was also an integral part of the revival of the Kings into a legitimate championship contender.
Take a look at Webber's best career highlights:
Webber is now an NBA analyst on NBA TV. Happy birthday, Chris Webber.