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.

Kevin Magee
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Magee, in 1990.
Personal information
BornJanuary 24, 1959
Gary, Indiana
DiedOctober 23, 2003(2003-10-23) (aged 44)
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolSouth Pike (Magnolia, Mississippi)
NBA draft1982 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career1982–1994
PositionPower forward / center
Career history
1982–1983Cagiva Varèse
1983–1984CAI Zaragoza
1984–1990Maccabi Tel Aviv
1990–1991CAI Zaragoza
1991–1992Auxilium Torino
1992–1993Racing Paris
1993–1994Maccabi Rishon LeZion
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics

He died in a car accident on Interstate 55, south of Amite, Louisiana, in October 2003.[1]

College careerEdit

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.[2] 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 .[2]

Professional careerEdit

Magee was selected by the Phoenix Suns, in the 2nd round (39th overall) of the 1982 NBA Draft; however he never played in the NBA.

He played in Europe, for Spanish side CAI Zaragoza, with whom he won Spanish King's Cup in 1984, and with them, he was also a FIBA Korać Cup semifinalist.

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.

He rejoined CAI Zaragoza in 1991, and was a FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup Finalist, in the 1990-91 season.

While playing with Auxilium Torino of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A, he led the league in rebounding, in the 1991-92 season.

In 1993-94 he was the top rebounder in the Israel Basketball Premier League.

Awards and accomplishmentsEdit


  1. ^ "Former UCI Player Is Killed". Los Angeles Times. October 24, 2003.
  2. ^ a b "Magee dies in crash". Daily Pilot. Newport Beach, Calif.: Tribune Publishing. October 24, 2003. Retrieved February 11, 2017.

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