Kevin Alvin Willis (born September 6, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player mostly known for playing with the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a 7-foot power forward/center.
|Born||September 6, 1962|
Los Angeles, California
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Pershing (Detroit, Michigan)|
|NBA draft||1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Number||42, 41, 43, 45|
|1996||Golden State Warriors|
|2002–2004||San Antonio Spurs|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||17,523 (12.1 ppg)|
|Rebounds||11,901 (8.4 rpg)|
|Assists||1,328 (0.9 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Willis is one of fifteen players in NBA history with over 16,000 career points and 11,000 career rebounds. He was named to the NBA Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 1992, when he finished the season with a career-high average of 15.5 rebounds a game. Willis holds career averages of 12.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, and 0.9 apg while averaging 27 minutes per game in 21 NBA seasons. During his 23 years in the league, Willis won one championship, with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003. He shares the record for most seasons played in the NBA with Robert Parish, Kevin Garnett, Vince Carter and Dirk Nowitzki.
- 1 Career
- 2 Television appearances
- 3 NBA career statistics
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
High school and collegeEdit
Born in Los Angeles, Willis graduated from Pershing High School in Detroit and joined the basketball team in his junior year. Willis played competitively at Jackson College for his freshman season and transferred to Michigan State University, where he would play three seasons as a fashion and textiles major.
He was selected in the 1984 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He played with the Hawks for nine seasons (plus two games of a tenth season) until 1994. Willis teamed with Dominique Wilkins, Spud Webb, and Doc Rivers to frequently guide the Hawks to playoff appearances as well as providing a fierce rebounding presence in the post. Near the end of his stint with the Hawks, he and Wilkins were both made team captains.
Golden State WarriorsEdit
Willis signed with the Houston Rockets in 1996.
Denver Nuggets, trade to Milwaukee, and return to RocketsEdit
On January 12, 2001, the Denver Nuggets acquired Willis, Aleksandar Radojević, Garth Joseph, and a 2001 2nd-round pick in a deal that brought Tracy Murray, Keon Clark, and Mamadou N'Diaye to Toronto. He and Radojević were traded together nine months later to the Milwaukee Bucks for Scott Williams and a 2002 second-round pick. Without playing a game for the Bucks, Willis was traded back to the Rockets for another 2002 second-round pick.
San Antonio SpursEdit
Willis signed with the San Antonio Spurs. It was in 2003 with the Spurs that he finally won an NBA Championship ring.
Return to the Atlanta HawksEdit
Willis returned to the Hawks for one more season in 2004–05, and by doing so, positioned himself to be the oldest player in the league.
On March 30, 2007, The Dallas Morning News reported that Willis needed only to pass a physical to be able to sign with the Western Conference-leading Dallas Mavericks. Willis, who did not play in 2005–06, was reported to take the team's vacant 15th roster spot. The deal became official when he signed a 10-day contract with the Mavericks on April 2, 2007. He appeared in five late regular season games and was on the Mavericks playoff roster as the 12th man but did not play in the Mavericks shock early first round exit. By playing five games during 2006–07, Willis became the oldest person to play more than two games in an NBA season (Providence Steamrollers coach Nat Hickey activated himself for two games in 1948, at 45 years and 363 days old.) Hall of Famer Robert Parish, who – at age 43 – played 43 games with the Chicago Bulls in 1996–97, previously held many of Willis’ longevity and age-based records.
Willis ended his playing career after the 2006–07 season, returning to his clothing business, Willis & Walker. The Atlanta-based company, which specializes in custom wear for big and tall men, was founded in 1988 by Willis and his former Michigan State teammate Ralph Walker.
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|
- List of National Basketball Association career games played leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career minutes played leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career rebounding leaders
- List of National Basketball Association players with most rebounds in a game
- List of oldest and youngest National Basketball Association players
- List of National Basketball Association seasons played leaders
- Kevin Willis NBA Player Profile, accessed March 31, 2007.
- Willis becomes oldest player in Mavs’ history, April 2, 2007
- 2004–05 NBA Player Survey Results: Age
- "Kevin Willis". basketball-reference. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
- "Kevin Willis bio page". NBA. Archived from the original on January 21, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
- Pablo S. Torre (July 4, 2011). "Larger Than Real Life". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on April 27, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
- Willis set to sign with Mavs, accessed March 31, 2007.
- Whatchoo Talkin' 'Bout Willis? Posted by Rob Peterson, April 3, 2007
- Guglielmo, Connie (October 3, 2008). "Apple Wins BlackBerry Defectors With Business iPhones". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved October 4, 2008. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- Weissenberg, Tracy (June 25, 2013). "Ex-Hawks star Willis still flying high in world of fashion". nba.com. Retrieved July 30, 2014.