|Born||January 21, 1977|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||246 lb (112 kg)|
|High school||Cherry Creek (Englewood, Colorado)|
|NBA draft||1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|2009||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2014–2020||New Orleans Pelicans (assistant)|
|2021||Fort Wayne Mad Ants (assistant)|
|2021–present||Phoenix Suns (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||716 (1.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,632 (3.9 rpg)|
|Personal fouls||942 (2.3 pfpg)|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Michael David Ruffin (bornJanuary 21, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player currently working as an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). At 6'8" and 248 lbs, he played as a forward/center.
After playing college basketball at the University of Tulsa, where he studied chemical engineering, Ruffin was drafted in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He has played for the Bulls, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Utah Jazz, the Washington Wizards, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 1.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game through his NBA career and is considered to be a defensive presence on the court. Ruffin's best statistical season came with the 2000-01 Bulls, where tallied career best averages in rebounding (5.8) and scoring (2.6).
On March 30, 2007, Ruffin was part of a dubious blooper that indirectly cost the Wizards a game. Up 109-106 on the Toronto Raptors, with less than four seconds remaining in regulation, Ruffin intercepted an inbound pass. In an attempt to run the clock out, Ruffin tossed the ball in the air, but it landed in the hands of Toronto's Morris Peterson, who sank a game-tying three-pointer as time expired. Forced into overtime, Washington lost the game 123-118.
On February 17, 2009, Ruffin was sent to the Sacramento Kings and then to the Portland Trail Blazers for Ike Diogu shortly thereafter in a 3-team trade.
In 2010, Ruffin became coach of the ABA's Colorado Kings. However, he resumed his career in Spain playing for Obradoiro CAB.
After two years out of the NBA, Ruffin was signed by the league's Denver Nuggets in mid-December 2011. However, he did not make the team's opening day roster.
As of 2012, Ruffin was living in Phoenix, Arizona, working for ASQ and coaching basketball.
Ruffin joined the New Orleans Pelicans as Player Development Coach in October 2014.
In January 2021, Ruffin became an assistant coach for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA G League.
On September 24, 2021, Ruffin joined the Phoenix Suns as an assistant coach.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|