Chris Raymond Gatling (born September 3, 1967 in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American professional basketball player, having played in the NBA from 1991 to 2002. More recently he has been playing for Moscow CSKA in the Russian Superleague.
Drafted 16th overall out of Old Dominion University by the Golden State Warriors in the 1991 NBA Draft, Gatling spent the first four years of his career with the Warriors, and averaged 13.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in his final full season with the Warriors, 1994-95. That same year, Gatling led the NBA in field goal percentage at 0.633 — one of the ten highest percentages in NBA history.
Gatling would never again know that kind of stability. He was traded, along with Tim Hardaway, to the Miami Heat halfway through the 1995-96 season, and also played for the Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets during the 1996-97 season (representing the Mavs in the NBA All-Star Game only a few days before being traded to the Nets).
He only played 78 games in a little over two seasons with the Nets before requesting a trade. His next stop was the Milwaukee Bucks for the final thirty games of the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season. He split the 1999-2000 season with the Denver Nuggets and the Orlando Magic. His final two NBA seasons saw him with the Cleveland Cavaliers and again, the Heat. Gatling retired from the NBA following the 2001-02 season with career averages of 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, and a .513 field goal percentage.
After years of moving from team to team, his frustration grew over the NBA's unstable nature regarding personnel changes and thus took his game to the Russian league. Gatling has 5 children and is currently in default of court ordered child support as of 2007.