On Monday, March 19, Mullin, who spent 13 years of his 16-season NBA career as a member of the Golden State Warriors, became the sixth player in team history to have his jersey number retired. His No. 17 now hangs in the rafters at Golden State’s Oracle Arena.
“This is certainly a tremendous honor and one that I will cherish, especially when you consider the few, elite gentlemen who have preceded me,” said Mullin. “I consider it a huge privilege to join the likes of Al Attles, Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, Tom Meschery and Nate Thurmond.”
In addition to having his number retired by Golden State, Mullin was one of 10 individuals inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as the Class of 2011 was enshrined on Aug. 12, 2011, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
He then entered the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 20, 2011, in Kansas City.
“Chris Mullin clearly embodies the best of what St John’s basketball represents,” said St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin. “He set the standard for excellence in performance on and off the court throughout his well chronicled career.”
St. John's University formally congratulated its most-celebrated student-athlete in history on his inductions into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame during a week of “Mullin Mania” in October 2011.
The Hall of Fame celebrations came five years after St. John’s conferred Legacy Honors upon Mullin and nine others, permanently enshrining Mullin’s No. 20 into the rafters of Carnesecca Arena and at Madison Square Garden during St. John’s home games.
“When it was time to choose a college, it was an easy choice. I packed a bag, and went 12 miles down the Belt Parkway to St. John’s University,” said Mullin, who visited campus to speak at Lavin’s basketball camp in the summer of 2011. “I chose the best coach, in the best city and I played in The World’s Most Famous Arena.”
Mullin starred at St. John's from 1981-85 and directed the Redmen to some of the greatest seasons in program history. In 1985, he received the John R. Wooden Award as the nation's top player and was named the Player of the Year by both United Press International and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
The lefty from Brooklyn is St. John's all-time leading scorer with 2,440 career points and his scoring average of 19.5 points per game is the sixth-best mark in program history. In St. John's record books, he ranks in the top 10 in 18 different statistical categories.
Mullin was selected by the Warriors with the seventh overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. During his NBA career, Mullin scored 17,911 points, averaging more than 20.0 points per game in six-consecutive seasons (1987-93). He averaged 18.2 points per game throughout his career while shooting 51 percent from the field and 87 percent from the free throw line.
Mullin is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and played on the famed 1992 “Dream Team.”