NBA's 65 in 65: Charlie Villanueva
In his four seasons in the NBA, Villanueva has proved to be a steady forward averaging 13.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. During the 2008-09 season, Charlie averaged career highs in points (16.2), rebounds (6.7), free throw percentage (83.8%), and three point percentage (34.5%).
Charlie is the spokesperson for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF). As someone who suffers from Alopecia Areata, Villanueva has made it his mission to be a voice for youth affected by the autoimmune disease. Throughout the season, he holds pre-game meet and greets with children who have the disease, in addition to participating in many other outreach initiatives as NAAF spokesperson.
Send your questions now and join Villanueva on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET!
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Buzzmaster (3:10 PM)
We're tracking down Charlie now.
John, Boston, MA
Sir, you tweet like a mad man. Why?
Charlie Villanueva (3:16 PM)
(laughing) The reason I tweet is because I get that interaction with the fans. People don't really get access to NBA players and this is my way of giving fans a chance to interact with me.
Boris Aramayo from Alexandria, VA
Can u somehow get Lebron James or Carmelo to tweet at halftime if they make it to the finals???
Charlie Villanueva (3:17 PM)
It can be done but I think if they make it to the finals they both can tweet at halftime.
Kip (Salem, OR)
Why should I make a twitter? I'm not sold yet and I hear you're an avid user..
Charlie Villanueva (3:18 PM)
Not only do you have people following you but you can follow other people. From actors to athletes. It's a way to get to know people better.
What is your favorite moment of your career?
Charlie Villanueva (3:19 PM)
Getting drafted by Toronto and getting into the game for the first time.
Who do you think the most underrated player in this years NBA draft is?
Charlie Villanueva (3:20 PM)
I would have to go with A.J. Price from UConn but I might be a little bias. He's a smaller guy but he can come in a help a team.
Michael - Burlington, CT
Charlie, if you could assemble a starting five composed of all former UConn players, who would you choose?
Charlie Villanueva (3:22 PM)
Ben Gordon at the point, Ray Allen at shooting guard, Caron Butler at the three, me at the Four, Emeka Okafor at center and the sixth man would be Richard Hamilton.
Eric Virginia Beach, VA
What team are you rooting for currently to win the title? Which do you think will win?
Charlie Villanueva (3:24 PM)
I rooting for the Cleveland Cavs to win because they are the best team in the NBA. They have the best player and best home record and I have a close relationship with Mo Williams.
Mo (Baton Rouge, LA)
Outside of the point guards you've already played with in your professional career, which other point guard would you love to play alongside?
Charlie Villanueva (3:25 PM)
I would like to play with Chris Paul. He's great point that has great vision, passes first, and makes everyone else better.
Justin Behling (Boyceville, WI)
Who are your five favorite players of all-time?
Charlie Villanueva (3:26 PM)
Larry Johnson (Hornets), Shawn Kemp (Sonics), Reggie Miller, Michael Jordan, and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Eric C. Cruz (Boston, MA)
Hey Charlie, I heard you might be playing for the Dominican National team this summer. How true is that and what are the chances of the team succeeding? Keep representing Latinos!!!
Charlie Villanueva (3:28 PM)
I am playing for the Dominican National team in August. I think we will have a good tournament. Fransisco Garcia and Al Horford will also be playing and those two give us a great chance of winning.
Chuey Martinez Los Angeles, CA
K LO K Charlie! How does it feel being LAtino in the NBA?
Charlie Villanueva (3:29 PM)
It feels good. There's not too many of us and we are helping paving the way for other Latino athletes coming up.
Evaristo (Queens, NY)
what do you think the Bucks need to be a serious playoff contender?????
Charlie Villanueva (3:31 PM)
I think we need consistency and a healthy ball club. Last year, we showed that we can play well but injuries got in the way.
Hook (Southern Maryland)
Do you think the Bucks could make it to the playoffs next year?
Charlie Villanueva (3:32 PM)
Absolutely! This year we came close and hopefully we get our guys back healthy next year so we can make a push for the playoffs.
charles mesa az
hey charlie do u think u are the one that started the whole tweet thing in the NBA
Charlie Villanueva (3:33 PM)
There were other players that were doing it before me but I think my halftime text got me more national attention than most.
Brian (Phoenix, AZ)
Favorite city to be in on the road? not including NY, NJ or Toronto. Thx
Charlie Villanueva (3:34 PM)
I always like going to L.A. and Miami. I love Miami because there is a huge Spanish population and the weather is great.
Charlie Villanueva (3:37 PM)
Thank you to all my fans for taking the time to send in questions, sorry I couldn't get to all of them. If you want to follow me, check me out at www.twitter.com/cv31.
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