Tom Gugliotta

Thomas James Gugliotta (born December 19, 1969) is a former American professional basketball player.

Gugliotta was drafted in 1992 out of North Carolina State University with the 6th overall pick by the National Basketball Association’s Washington Bullets. In 13 NBA seasons he averaged 13.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 2.8 apg over 763 regular season games, but appeared in only 12 playoff games. His best years were with the Minnesota Timberwolves, scoring 20.6 and 20.1 ppg in the 1996-1997 and 1997-1998 seasons. Gugliotta also played for the Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz and the Atlanta Hawks.

On December 17, 1999, Gugliotta had a near-death experience. Having trouble sleeping after games, Gugliotta took a supplement marketed as a “sleep aid” which included furanon di-hydro, also known as gamma butyrolactone, or GBL. Gugliotta was talking to his wife, Nikki, on his cellular telephone when he collapsed and stopped breathing. His wife heard the commotion and called the wife of teammate Rex Chapman who was able to call her husband on the bus and instruct him to check his bag for the supplement bottle.



Career NBA statistics
Points 9,895 (13.0 ppg)
Rebounds 5,589 (7.3 rpg)
Steals 1,079 (1.4 spg)
Stats at
Men’s basketball
Competitor for United States
FIBA Americas Championship
Gold medal – first place 1999 San Juan National team