Kendrick Le'Dale Perkins (born November 10, 1984) is an American former professional basketball player. He entered the NBA straight out of high school and played for the Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans, winning the NBA Championship in 2008 with the Celtics. Perkins is now a television sports analyst for ESPN and other networks.
Perkins with the Thunder in March 2011
|Born||November 10, 1984|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||270 lb (122 kg)|
|High school||Clifton J. Ozen (Beaumont, Texas)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall|
|Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies|
|Number||43, 5, 3, 21|
|2011–2015||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2015–2016||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
- 1 High school career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Television sports analyst
- 4 NBA career statistics
- 5 Personal life
- 6 References
- 7 External links
High school careerEdit
Perkins was born in Nederland, Texas and graduated from Clifton J. Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas, in 2003. He led Ozen High to four consecutive district championships and one state championship during his high school career. Averaging 27.5 points, 16.4 rebounds and 7.8 blocked shots a game as a senior, he led Ozen to a 33–1 record, with the only loss being a 66–54 setback to Fort Worth Dunbar in the state 4A championship game. After his senior season in 2003, Perkins was selected to the McDonald's All-American Game.
Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Perkins was listed as the No. 3 center and the No. 6 player in the nation in 2003. He had originally committed to Memphis, but opted instead to make the jump to the NBA straight out of high school.
Boston Celtics (2003–2011)Edit
The 6'10" center was drafted in the first round with the 27th pick of the 2003 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies, but then, he was immediately traded along with Marcus Banks to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Troy Bell and Dahntay Jones, who had been selected by the Celtics in the same draft.
During the 2004–05 season, Perkins received more playing time than he did his rookie season, and became known as one of the tougher players on the Celtics. He had a limited role during the regular season and playoffs as the team's "enforcer". Perkins was involved in an unusual scenario in the final seconds of regulation in Game 6 of the 2005 Eastern Conference first round against Indiana. Paul Pierce was ejected but Pierce was owed free throws because he had been fouled before the ejection. Under NBA rules, Indiana coach Rick Carlisle chose to select Perkins (who had not played in the game) off the bench to shoot the crucial free throws (the game was tied). Perkins missed both, indirectly leading the game going into overtime, in which the Celtics eventually won.
After marked improvements during summer training and practice, Perkins earned more playing time from coach Doc Rivers during the 2005–06 season. He played some of the best games of his career in 2006, repeatedly reaching double figures in points and rebounds. After the trade of Mark Blount to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Perkins became the undisputed starting center for the Celtics, although he was already sharing starting time before Blount's departure. He started at center for the 2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics.
In Game 6 of the 2010 NBA Finals, Perkins injured his knee and missed the rest of the game. He was inactive for Game 7, in which the Celtics fell to the Los Angeles Lakers. According to the Los Angeles Times, he suffered torn MCL and PCL ligaments in his right knee.
Perkins did not return to the floor until January 25, 2011, when he logged 17 minutes off of the bench netting 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He received a standing ovation upon entering the game in the first quarter. After coming off the bench for his first 5 games back, Perkins returned to the starting line-up Friday, February 4 in a home loss to the Dallas Mavericks. He logged his first double-double of the season with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 1 blocked shot while shooting 6 for 7 from the field in 33 minutes.
Oklahoma City Thunder (2011–2015)Edit
In 2012, Perkins and the Thunder reached the NBA Finals, but were defeated by the Miami Heat.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2015)Edit
On February 24, 2015, Perkins signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers and made his debut later that day as he scored two points in two minutes off the bench in a 102-93 win over the Detroit Pistons. The Cavaliers made it to the 2015 NBA Finals, but they lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.
New Orleans Pelicans (2015–2016)Edit
On July 28, 2015, Perkins signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. He made his debut for the Pelicans in the team's season opening loss to the Golden State Warriors on October 27. In just under 16 minutes of action as a starter, he recorded 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting and 4 rebounds. On November 6, he was ruled out for three months with a right pectoral injury. He returned to the Pelicans' line-up on December 11, but did not play against the Washington Wizards.
Charge and Cavaliers (2017–2018)Edit
On September 25, 2017, Perkins signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, returning to the franchise for a second stint. On October 14, 2017, he was waived by the Cavaliers after appearing in three preseason games. He subsequently joined the Cleveland's NBA G League affiliate, the Canton Charge. On February 9, 2018, he opted to retire from the NBA G League. However, on April 11, 2018, Perkins returned to the Cavaliers, signing a contract for the remainder of the season. The Cavaliers made it to the 2018 NBA Finals, where they lost 4–0 to the Golden State Warriors. Perkins was waived by the Cavaliers on July 17, 2018.
Television sports analystEdit
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|†||Denotes season in which Perkins won an NBA Championship|
Perkins is a practicing Roman Catholic. He was an altar boy in his youth, though it was often problematic to find an alb to fit him due to his height. His son was born on September 10, 2007. On July 25, 2009, Perkins married his longtime girlfriend, Vanity Alpough.
- "Kendrick Perkins". ESPN. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
- Kendrick Perkins Recruiting Profile
- "Kendrick Le'Dale Perkins". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- Grizzlies Trade Draft Rights to 13th & 27th Overall Selections to the Celtics for BC's Troy Bell and Duke's Dahntay Jones Archived 2003-10-11 at the Wayback Machine
- Walker, Celtics Force Game 7
- Thunder sign newcomer Kendrick Perkins to extension
- "Utah sends Kanter and Novak to Oklahoma City; Detroit also part of deal". NBA.com. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
- "Jazz Waive Perkins". NBA.com. February 21, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
- "Cavs Sign Kendrick Perkins". NBA.com (Press release). February 25, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- Love hits 8 3-pointers, Cavaliers beat Pistons 102-93
- "Pelicans Sign Kendrick Perkins". NBA.com. July 28, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
- "NBA MVP Curry scores 40 points, Warriors win opener". NBA.com. October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
- Sources: Pelicans’ Kendrick Perkins to miss three months with pectoral injury
- Kendrick Perkins returns to Pelicans' lineup
- Fedor, Chris (September 25, 2017). "Cleveland Cavaliers announce 2017 training camp roster, bring 19 players". Cleveland.com. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
- "Cavaliers Waive Kendrick Perkins and Isaac Hamilton". NBA.com. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
- Wojnarowski, Adrian (October 16, 2017). "Sources: Free-agent center Kendrick Perkins to join Cavaliers' G League team". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
- "Charge Announce Roster Moves". NBA.com. February 9, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
- "Cavaliers Sign Kendrick Perkins for the Remainder of the Season". NBA.com. April 11, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
- "Cavaliers Waive Kendrick Perkins". NBA.com. July 17, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
- Chad Finn (October 8, 2019). "Ex-Celtic Kendrick Perkins fast becoming star NBA analyst — now for ESPN only". Boston Globe.
- Getting to know Kendrick Perkins Archived 2015-02-18 at the Wayback Machine
- "Perkins is a dad". boston.com. September 11, 2007. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- "We Hear: Kendrick Perkins, Rajon Rondo, Tom O'Neill III and more..." bostonherald.com. July 28, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- Furniture mover to Tall Blacks for Canterbury's Ethan Rusbatch
- Perkins facing assault charges for allegedly punching a woman
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- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- USA Today: Kendrick Perkins learns basketball from Scott Brooks