Get available SharePoint list field options in a field type (Multi)Choice from codebehind
In a list with a field type “Choice” you can know available options of this field from codebehind without reading all list values and not making them unique with Distinct(). Especially, you can’t just read and make Distinct() list values if your field allows multiple choice or if you don't have all options.
It’s easy with SharePoint class SPFieldChoice and method "Choices" that returns the Choices that are used in the multichoice field.
For example, our list is on current SPWeb, our list is called "Products" and it’s in the current SPWeb and our field is called "Brand"
Get available list field values in a field type (Multi)Choice
//let our list is on current SPWeb
SPWeb thisweb = SPContext.Current.Web;
//Our list is called "Products" and it’s in the current SPWeb and our field is called "Brand"
SPFieldChoice spChoiceField = (SPFieldChoice)thisweb.Lists["Products"].Fields["Brand"];
foreach (string ch in spChoiceField.Choices)
Controls.Add(new LiteralControl("<br />" + ch));
So we use only SharePoint object model and we don’t need to think out anything.