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Cherokee Bryan Parks (born October 11, 1972) is an American former professional basketball player. He played nine seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Cherokee Parks
Personal information
Born (1972-10-11) October 11, 1972 (age 46)
Huntington Beach, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolMarina (Huntington Beach, California)
CollegeDuke (1991–1995)
NBA draft1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
PositionCenter / Power forward
Number4, 44, 1, 18
Career history
1995–1996Dallas Mavericks
19961998Minnesota Timberwolves
19982000Vancouver Grizzlies
2000Washington Wizards
2000–2001Los Angeles Clippers
2001–2002San Antonio Spurs
2002–2003Los Angeles Clippers
2003Golden State Warriors
2011–2013U. S. Aubenas
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

A 6 ft 11 in (211 cm), 240 lb (109 kg) center, Parks played his college basketball at Duke University under coach Mike Krzyzewski and won the 1992 national title during his freshman year. After college, he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1st round (12th overall pick) of the 1995 NBA Draft. In his ten season NBA career (1995–2004), he played for the Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Vancouver Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards, and Golden State Warriors. He averaged career-highs of 7.1 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game during the 1997–98 season with Minnesota.[1] Parks came out of retirement in 2011 to play in France.[2]

Parks' mother named him Cherokee in honor of his great-grandmother, who was a member of the Cherokee tribe.[3] His sister was the original bass player for the band Nashville Pussy.[4]

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