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Chris Jent

Chris Jent
Chris Jent in 2013.jpg
Jent in 2013.
Atlanta Hawks
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1970-01-11) January 11, 1970 (age 49)
Orange, California
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolSparta (Sparta, New Jersey)
CollegeOhio State (1988–1992)
NBA draft1992 / Undrafted
Playing career1992–2001
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number21, 7
Coaching career2003–present
Career history
As player:
1992–1993Rapid City Thrillers
1993Joventut Badalona
1993–1994Columbus Horizon
1994Houston Rockets
1994–1995Rapid City Thrillers
1995North Melbourne Giants
1995Connecticut Pride
1995–1996Serapide Pozzuoli Napoli
1997New York Knicks
1997Serapide Pozzuoli Napoli
1997Atlantic City Seagulls
1997–1998CFM Reggio Emilia
1998–1999Termal Imola
2000–2001CFM Reggio Emilia
As coach:
2003–2004Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)
2004–2005Orlando Magic (assistant)
2005Orlando Magic (interim)
20062011Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
2011–2013Ohio State (assistant)
20132014Sacramento Kings (assistant)
2015–2016Bakersfield Jam
2016–2017Ohio State (assistant)
2017–presentAtlanta Hawks (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points37 (6.2 ppg)
Rebounds16 (2.7 rpg)
Assists8 (1.3 apg)
Stats at

Christopher Matthew Jent (born January 11, 1970) is an American basketball coach and former player, currently an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was formerly the head coach of the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

Early life and college career

Jent was born in Orange, California and grew up in Sparta, New Jersey.[1][2] After attending high school at Sparta High School (New Jersey), he played college basketball for the Ohio State Buckeyes, leaving in 1992 after four seasons.

Professional playing career

Undrafted in the 1992 NBA draft, Jent was drafted in the fourth round (50th overall) in the 1992 CBA draft.[3] Jent began his professional career with CBA teams Rapid City Thrillers and Columbus Horizon.[4]

He had a brief career in the NBA, playing three games each for the Houston Rockets (winning a championship ring in 1994) and New York Knicks (1996–97).[5] He played in 11 playoff games in 1994, thus giving him the rare distinction of having played in more career playoff-games than regular-season games in the NBA. In between his stints with the Rockets and the Knicks, he played with the Australian NBL's North Melbourne Giants in 1995 and also played in Italy, Spain and Greece.

Coaching career

Jent was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2003-04 season. The next season, he worked in the same capacity with the Orlando Magic, and was appointed interim head coach for the final 18 games of the 2004-2005 season (going 5-13), after Johnny Davis was fired. At the start of the next season he was replaced by Brian Hill. Beginning in November 2006, Jent took on the role of Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He served as LeBron James' personal shooting coach while James was on the team.[6]

On June 29, 2011, Ohio State head basketball coach Thad Matta introduced Jent as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes. On June 10, 2013, Jent became an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings.[7] He was relieved of his duty on December 16, 2014.[8] Jent would later on be the newest head coach for the Bakersfield Jam after their former head coach ended up accepting an assistant coach/leading player development position for the Phoenix Suns.[9]

Jent returned to Ohio State as an assistant following the 2015–16 season.[10]

For the 2017–18 season, he was hired as an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks.[11]

Head coaching record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Orlando 2004–05 18 5 13 .278 3rd in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Career 18 5 13 .278


  1. ^ "Chris Jent". Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  2. ^ Chris Jent, National Basketball Association. Accessed June 28, 2011.
  3. ^ []
  4. ^ "Chris Jent player profile". NBA. Archived from the original on September 10, 1999.
  5. ^ []
  6. ^ article, accessed February 27, 2009.
  8. ^ Chris Jent leaves Kings' coaching staff
  9. ^ "Suns Sign Teletovic, Weems, Price". August 27, 2015. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "What Chris Jent hopes to bring to Ohio State basketball as a new/old assistant coach". April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  11. ^ "Atlanta Hawks Name Chris Jent As Assistant Coach". Atlanta Hawks. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2017.