Born in Winnipeg in 1976, Todd MacCulloch led his Shaftesbury Titans to consecutive MHSAA provincial championships in 1993 and ’94, and was on Manitoba’s Basketball team in the 1993 Canada Summer Games.
They say you can’t coach size and MacCulloch had that in spades playing at 7 feet tall and over 250 lbs., but his game developed exponentially during his NCAA college career with the University of Washington from 1995-99. In his final two years with the Huskies he was named an All-Pac10 First Team selection. His footwork, soft hands, hard work and basketball sense helped him lead all NCAA Division 1 players in field goal percentage in his last three years.
At the 1999 NBA draft, MacCulloch made Manitoba history by being selected in the 2nd round (47th overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers. In his first two years as a Sixer he played back-up center averaging just under 10 minutes and four points a game.
Given the opportunity to start in New Jersey, MacCulloch signed with the Nets as a free agent and averaged 24 minutes a game, nearly 10 points and just over six rebounds per game. Traded back to the Sixers in 2002, he averaged less than 20 minutes, and over seven points and just under five boards a game and assumed a larger role on the team that originally drafted him. After four seasons in the NBA, MacCulloch was forced to retire prematurely because of a neuromuscular disorder (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease) that affected his feet.
Internationally MacCulloch represented Canada 93 times. He helped our nation win bronze at the 1995 Universiade Games in Fukuoka, Japan. In 1999 he led the maple leaf to silver in the FIBA Americas championship in Puerto Rico and qualified for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. In Sydney Canada won its group defeating Yugoslavia but lost to eventual silver medalist France in the quarter-finals and finished seventh. He rounded out his international career with a bronze at the 2001 FIBA Americas in Argentina.
In 2009 Todd MacCulloch was inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame and Manitoba High School Halls of Fame in recognition of his astounding basketball career. Now living back in Washington, he continues to pursue his life-long passion for pinball. After having bought his first one in 2001, he now has over 60 machines in his collection.