Selected by Seattle in the first round of the 1992 NBA draft, Christie was traded to the Lakers in February 1993 along with Benoit Benjamin in exchange for Sam Perkins.
The former Pepperdine star saw little playing time during his first season in Los Angeles, but started in 34 games at guard during the team’s disappointing 1993-94 season, averaging 10.3 points per game.
Despite showing flashes of his future potential as a strong two-way player, the Seattle native was traded to New York for a pair of future second-round draft picks prior to the start of the 1994-95 season. A member of the Sacramento Kings during the height of their rivalry with the Lakers (2000-2004), Christie developed into one of the top defensive players in the league. He was named to the NBA’s all-defensive team four times and was among the league leaders in steals from 1996-2004 (he led the league in 2000-01).
He retired in the middle of his 15th NBA season while with the Clippers in 2007.