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Max Christie Selected in Second Round of NBA Draft

Max Christie Selected in Second Round of NBA Draft


East Lansing, Mich. โ€“ Michigan State men’s basketball guard Max Christie was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Christie was the 35th overall pick in the draft and the fifth selection in the second round. This is the second time in the last three years an MSU player was taken in the same slot, joining Xavier Tillman Sr., who was picked by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2020.

Christie, who started 35 of 35 games played, finished the regular season third on the team in scoring with 9.3 points per game, while adding 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

Christie, who scored in double figures 11 times last season, was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week five times and was selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.ย He was the first Michigan State player to earn Freshman of the Week honors five times in a season as Miles Bridges did so during the 2016-17 season.

Twenty-four Spartans have been selected in the NBA Draft under Head Coach Tom Izzo, including 23 since the 2000 NBA Draft. All-time, Michigan State has had 67 players selected in the NBA Draft.

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