Kevin Magee (basketball)
Kevin Dornell Magee (January 24, 1959 – October 23, 2003), was an American basketball player who played most of his professional career for Maccabi Tel Aviv. 2.03m tall and weighing 104 kg, he played at the power forward and center positions. In 1993-94 he was the top rebounder in the Israel Basketball Premier League.
|Born||January 24, 1959|
|Died||October 23, 2003(aged 44)|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||South Pike (Magnolia, Mississippi)|
|NBA draft||1982 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|Position||Power forward / center|
|1984–1990||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|1993–1994||Maccabi Rishon LeZion|
|Career highlights and awards|
He played collegiately for two years for the Anteaters of the University of California, Irvine. A two-time All-American basketball player in the early 1980s, Magee was also the Pacific Coast Athletic Association player of the year in 1980–81 and 1981–82. In those two seasons he averaged 26.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, and shot 66% from the field, was a first-team Associated Press All-American, first-team All-West Coast, and first-team All-District 8 both seasons, was the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (now Big West) Player of the Year each season, was named District 8 Most Valuable Player in 1982, and was ranked in the nation's top 10 in scoring, rebounding, and field-goal percentage both seasons. His was the only number retired in UCI history, and he was inducted into the UCI Hall of Fame in 1997, until Scott Brooks had his number retired in 2019 .
Later, he played for Maccabi Tel Aviv, winning with them 6 Israeli League championships (1985–1990), and 5 Israeli State Cups (1985–1987, 1989, 1990). He was also a two-time EuroLeague semifinalist (1985, 1986), and a three-time Finalist (1987, 1988, 1989). At the peak of his career in Israel, he became a national sensation, being one of the first celebrities featured in advertisements. Most notable was his commercial for Telma peanut butter.
In 1993-94 he was the top rebounder in the Israel Basketball Premier League.
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
- 6× Israeli League Champion: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
- 5× Israeli State Cup Winner: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990 (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
- Spanish King's Cup Winner: 1984 (CAI Zaragoza)
- 3× EuroLeague Finalist: 1987, 1988, 1989 (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
- 2× EuroLeague Semifinalist: 1985, 1986 (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
- FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup (FIBA Saporta Cup) Finalist: 1991 (CAI Zaragoza)
- FIBA Korać Cup Semifinalist: 1984 (CAI Zaragoza)