Todd MacCulloch
Todd MacCulloch playing pinball.jpg
MacCulloch playing pinball in 2012
Personal information
Born (1976-01-27) January 27, 1976 (age 46)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
NationalityCanadian
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
High schoolShaftesbury (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
CollegeWashington (1995–1999)
NBA draft1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career1999–2003
PositionCenter
Number50, 11
Career history
19992001Philadelphia 76ers
2001–2002New Jersey Nets
2002–2003Philadelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points1,369 (6.1 ppg)
Rebounds888 (4.0 rpg)
Blocks177 (0.8 bpg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Todd Carlyle MacCulloch (born January 27, 1976)[1] is a Canadian former professional basketball player who played four seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers as the 47th overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft after playing college basketball for the University of Washington. MacCulloch played center for the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets before being forced to retire prematurely due to a genetic neuromuscular disorder that affected his feet, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. After retiring from professional basketball, MacCulloch had a successful pinball career. He was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Early life

A graduate of Shaftesbury High School in Winnipeg, MacCulloch was in 1999 named Honorable Mention All-America as a senior at the University of Washington, when he averaged 24.7 points, 15.9 rebounds, and a .662 field goal percentage. He led the NCAA Division I in field goal percentage in his final three years of college, only the second player ever to accomplish the feat.[2] He was an All-Pac-10 First Team selection in his final two years at Washington. He was drafted by the 76ers in the 2nd round (47th overall) of the 1999 NBA Draft.

Basketball career

MacCulloch played four seasons in the NBA before being forced to retire prematurely due to a genetic neuromuscular disorder that affected his feet, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. In his first two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, MacCulloch played reserve centre, averaging 9.4 minutes, 2.6 rebounds and just under 9 points in 56 and 63 games respectively from 1999 to 2001. In the 2001 off-season, he signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Nets and as their starting centre averaged 9.7 points and 6.1 rebounds a contest. MacCulloch was then traded back to the 76ers for the 2002–2003 season, in which he averaged just under 20 minutes, 9.1 points, and 4.7 rebounds a contest. Due to an inherited neurological disorder, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which affects the peripheral nerves of the hands and feet he went on the injured reserve list at mid-season,[3] did not play the following season, and announced his retirement in September 2004.

MacCulloch played for the Canadian national team of various sorts 93 times, most notably at the 2000 Summer Olympics where the Canadians topped Yugoslavia to win their group only to lose to eventual silver medalist France in the quarterfinals and finish seventh.

In an episode of Chappelle's Show, in a skit where African Americans get their reparations, the Philadelphia 76ers play the New York Knicks but none of the black players are playing, so MacCulloch plays one-on-one, beating Travis Knight.[4]

Pinball career

MacCulloch played pinball whenever he could growing up, at malls, arcades and bowling alleys around town. He began buying up pinball machines when he signed as a free agent with the Nets in 2001 and got his first house.[3] His collection is now greater than 60 pinball and non-pinball arcade games.

MacCulloch has played in several pinball tournaments. He competed in the European pinball championship in Stockholm in 2007, and has played in the PAPA World Pinball Championships since 2005, qualifying in the B Division multiple times. In October 2011, MacCulloch won the Pinball Expo in Chicago, beating world champions Keith Elwin and Lyman Sheats on his way to his first major pinball title[5] and a $3,000 cash prize.

MacCulloch says there are indeed some similarities between pinball and basketball. He relates: "Hand-eye coordination is really important in both, and maintaining your focus is definitely important. I've been in some pressure situations in big [basketball] games, and nerves wouldn't affect me, but I've found that in pinball tournaments, I can't seem to keep those nerves at bay. My heart beats faster, my chest gets tight. Competition is competition, and I thought I'd respond well, but I haven't been able to rein that in yet."[6]

References

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Todd MacCulloch". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  2. ^ "Player Profiles". interbasket.net. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Todd a pinball wizard MacCulloch's life is on TILT". SLAM sports. March 22, 2007. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  4. ^ Reparations 2003 Follow-up. From the February 12, 2003 Chappelle's Show.
  5. ^ "Pinball Expo Flip Out Tournament". International Flipper Pinball Association. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  6. ^ "Darcy: The Wizard of Salem - ESPN Page 2". sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved April 13, 2018.