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Kenneth Wayne Natt (born October 5, 1958) is a former American professional basketball player and ex-interim head coach for the National Basketball Association's Sacramento Kings.[1] He was a 6'3" 185 lb (84 kg) guard and played collegiately at Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana-Monroe) and had a three-year NBA playing career. After serving as an assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2004 to 2007,[2] Natt was named to the coaching staff of newly appointed Kings head coach and former Kansas City Kings teammate Reggie Theus in 2007.[3] He was subsequently named interim head coach on the firing of Theus, but he himself was fired on April 24, 2009, after the Kings finished with an NBA season-low 17 wins.[4]

Kenny Natt
Kenny Natt.jpg
Natt in 2006 as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
New Orleans Pelicans
PositionCoaching consultant
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1958-10-05) October 5, 1958 (age 60)
Monroe, Louisiana
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolBastrop (Bastrop, Louisiana)
CollegeLouisiana–Monroe (1976–1980)
NBA draft1980 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30th overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Playing career1980–1989
PositionShooting guard
Number3, 18, 2
Coaching career1994–present
Career history
As player:
1980Indiana Pacers
1981–1982Alberta Dusters
1983Utah Jazz
1983–1984Las Vegas/Albuquerque Silvers
1984Lancaster Lightning
1984Utah Jazz
1984Kansas City Kings
1985–1987Albany Patroons
1987–1988Wyoming Wildcatters
1988Fresno Flames
1988–1989Rockford Lightning
1989Youngstown Pride
As coach:
1994–1995Youngstown State (assistant)
19962004Utah Jazz (assistant)
20042007Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
20072008Sacramento Kings (assistant)
2008–2009Sacramento Kings (interim)
2011–2012India
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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Professional playing careerEdit

Natt was selected with the 7th pick of the second round (30th overall) in the 1980 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers.[2][5] He played for three different teams until the 1984–85 season.

Outside of his NBA career, he played for seven[6] total teams in the CBA and the WBL.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Natt began his coaching career in 1994 as an assistant coach at Youngstown State University. Natt then worked as a scout for the Utah Jazz for one season under Jerry Sloan before being an assistant on Sloan's staff from 1996 to 2004.[7] After that, Natt joined the Cleveland Cavaliers' coaching staff in 2004.[8] He has also coached in the CBA and the Canadian NBL with the Cape Breton Breakers, and worked as an assistant coach at Youngstown State University and as a player scout for the Jazz and for the WBL.[2] In 2011, he became the head coach of the India national basketball team.[9] Since 2012, Natt has been director of basketball at the IMG Academy.[7]

In 2003, Kenny Natt was inducted into the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) Hall of Fame.[2] He is the younger brother of former NBA All-Star Calvin Natt.[6]

Head coaching recordEdit

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Sacramento 2008–09 58 11 47 .190 5th in Pacific
Career 58 11 47 .190

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Theus becomes 6th NBA coach fired this season, updated December 15, 2008
  2. ^ a b c d e NBA.com Kenny Natt coach profile
  3. ^ Kings hire Kenny Natt as assistant coach, updated July 7, 2007
  4. ^ Kings fire interim coach Natt, four assistant coaches Archived 2009-04-26 at the Wayback Machine, updated April 24, 2009
  5. ^ "Pacers Media Guide: NBA Years 1976-Present" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-05-08. (653 KiB); retrieved April 13, 2007
  6. ^ a b An exciting time for Natt[permanent dead link] By MARQ MITCHAM June 5, 2007
  7. ^ a b http://www.imgacademy.com/sports/boys-basketball/coaches/coach/kenny-natt
  8. ^ "Kenny Natt". NBA. 2007. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  9. ^ I'm here to create a superstar, says India's NBA coach Kenny Natt

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