Rich Kelley

Richard Ryland Kelley (born March 23, 1953) is a retired American basketball player. Kelley played college basketball at Stanford University and was the 1st round pick (#7 overall) of the New Orleans Jazz in the 1975 NBA draft. Kelley played ten NBA seasons.

Rich Kelley
Personal information
Born (1953-03-23) March 23, 1953 (age 67)
San Mateo, California
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolWoodside (Woodside, California)
CollegeStanford (1972–1975)
NBA draft1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the New Orleans Jazz
Playing career1975–1986
PositionCenter / Power forward
Number53, 44, 50
Career history
19751979New Orleans Jazz
1979–1980New Jersey Nets
19801982Phoenix Suns
1982–1983Denver Nuggets
19831985Utah Jazz
1985–1986Sacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points6,199 (7.6 ppg)
Rebounds5,678 (7.0 rpg)
Assists2,092 (2.6 apg)
Stats at

College careerEdit

A center/power forward, a graduate of Woodside High School, Kelley played college basketball for Stanford University.

The 7-foot, 235-pound[1] Kelley was drafted as an underclassman in the second round of the 1974 ABA Draft by the New York Nets, but he opted to stay in college for another year.[2]

While in college, Kelley played for the Team USA in the 1974 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.[3]

In 76 career games at Stanford, under Coach Howard Dallmar, Kelley averaged a double-double of 18.6 points and 12.4 rebounds, shooting 49% from the floor and 78% from the line. He scored 1412 total points, with 944 total rebounds in his three varsity seasons.[4]

NBA careerEdit

In 1975, Kelley was drafted by the New Orleans Jazz in the first round of the 1975 NBA draft and by the Memphis Sounds in the second round of the 1975 ABA Draft.[5]

In the NBA Kelley played for the New Orleans Jazz/Utah Jazz (1975–79 and 1983–85), New Jersey Nets (1979–80), Phoenix Suns (1980–82), Denver Nuggets (1982–83) and Sacramento Kings (1985–86).

He helped the Suns win the 1980–81 NBA Pacific Division and the Jazz win the 1983–84 NBA Midwest Division.

He currently ranks 94th on the NBA's career offensive rebounds list (1,872).

In 11 seasons he played in 814 games and played 17,711 minutes, a 48.8 field goal percentage (2,166 for 4,435), 78.3 free throw percentage (1,867 for 2,384), 5,678 total rebounds (1,872 offensive, 3,806 defensive), 2,092 assists, 694 steals, 749 blocked shots, 2,613 personal fouls and 6,199 points. He averaged 7.6 points and 7.0 rebounds in his 814 career games.[6]


After retirement, Kelley earned an MBA at Stanford. He is a co-founder of Search Fund Partners, having started the firm in 2004. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of San Francisco Legal, Avadyne Health, HemaSource, Verengo, H&R Accounts, Asset Recovery Corporation and Medical Positioning, Inc.

Kelley has been involved in numerous small businesses and start-up companies as an operator, owner, and investor. His varied experience includes: CFO of SCORE! Educational Centers, CEO of San Jose Giants, General Partner of the Stanford Terrace Inn, developer of houses and subdivisions, owner of office buildings, investor in successful tech start-ups (Coinstar, PLX Technology, Corcept Therapeutics). He has also invested in many limited partnerships, including venture funds, and has been involved as a search fund investor since 1994.


  • Kelley was inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame in 1985.[7]
  • In 2009, Kelley was inducted into the Woodside High School Community Hall of Fame.[8]


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