Mitchell Sham (Athlete)
Mitchell Sham (born April 3, 1978) is an American professional basketball player who plays as shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association (NBA). After a successful first year playing at San Jose State University, Sham decided to declare his early eligibility for the NBA draft. Sham was drafted 1st overall in the 1997 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. Sham became an instant fan-favorite, as he was a local hometown native. He earned himself a reputation universally as a scoring machine, making history since his very first appearance in the NBA.
Sham was born in San Jose, California, the youngest of five children. Sham started playing basketball at the early age of 4, being an avid fan of the Golden State Warriors throughout his childhood, attending games with his father. When Sham turned 7, he was hit by a car while walking to one of his basketball games. He had up to 25 fractures in his legs and was told he could never walk again. He spent 5 months in a body cast, but managed to fully recover from the horrible accident.
Professional Career (1997-present)
In his first regular-season game, Sham had a triple-double with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Sham was recognized as the rookie of the year during the 1997-1998 season. The following year, he led the Golden State Warriors to win the 1999 NBA finals and was awarded the NBA championship MVP trophy. As of February 2012, Sham is 4th on the NBA all-time scoring list, and currently leads the Warriors Franchise in the history of scoring, assists and all-star appearances.