Tony Lorenzo Delk (born January 28, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player and former college assistant coach, most recently for the New Mexico State Aggies men's basketball team. During his playing days, he was team leader of the Kentucky Wildcats team that won the 1996 NCAA Championship Game. After college, he played for eight NBA teams over ten seasons.
Delk as an assistant coach with the Kentucky Wildcats in 2009
|Born||January 28, 1974|
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||189 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Haywood (Brownsville, Tennessee)|
|NBA draft||1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall|
|Selected by the Charlotte Hornets|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|Number||00, 28, 7, 5|
|1997–1999||Golden State Warriors|
|2008||Gigantes de Carolina|
|2011–2013||New Mexico State (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
As assistant coach:
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||4,957 (9.1 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,351 (2.5 rpg)|
|Assists||1,024 (1.9 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Delk attended Haywood Junior High School and Haywood High School in Brownsville, Tennessee. During his 1992 senior year of high school, Delk was named "Mr. Basketball" in the state of Tennessee (TSSAA Class 3A Mr.Basketball 1992) and also to the Parade and McDonald's All-American Teams.
As a sophomore at Kentucky, Delk was voted All-SEC 2nd Team by the coaches and All-SEC 3rd Team by the Associated Press, while also making the All-SEC Tournament Team for his outstanding play. Delk was named to the All-SEC 1st and All-NCAA Regional teams during the 1994-95 season. In the 1995-96 season, Delk was named to the All-American and All-SEC first teams and was named NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player. He also received SEC Player of the Year honors during the season. Delk joined Omega Psi Phi Fraternity while at Kentucky.
Tony Delk was picked 16th overall in the 1996 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets. He was traded by the Hornets along with Muggsy Bogues to the Golden State Warriors for B. J. Armstrong on November 7, 1997, where he played for two seasons before signing with the Sacramento Kings on August 16, 1999. He appeared in 46 games in 1999-00, subsequently joining the Phoenix Suns on August 1, 2000.
In a January 2, 2001, overtime game against the Kings, he scored a career-high 53 points on 20-for-27 field goal shooting. This was the only game of Delk's career in which he scored 30 or more points. Delk was eventually dealt with Rodney Rogers to the Celtics, for Joe Johnson, Milt Palacio, and Randy Brown.
On October 20, 2003, Delk was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, along with Antoine Walker for Chris Mills, Jiří Welsch, Raef LaFrentz, and a 2004 first-round pick. After a year with the Mavericks, Delk and Walker were again traded, in a deal for Jason Terry and Alan Henderson. Delk lasted one and a half seasons with the Hawks before being waived on February 25, 2006, signing with the Detroit Pistons on March 1, where he backed up point guard Chauncey Billups.
Delk finished his NBA career with averages of 9.1 PPG, 2.5 RPG and 1.9 APG as he, in August 2006, signed a contract with the Greek basketball team, Panathinaikos, in Athens. He won the Greek Cup, the Greek Championship and the European Championship with Panathinaikos, but was released in May 2007, citing compatibility issues. He announced his retirement from professional basketball in November 2007. In 2008, nonetheless, he played three games for the Gigantes de Carolina in the BSN, the professional basketball league of Puerto Rico. He retired, once again, and served as a technical assistant with the same team.
On April 16, 2009 it was announced that Delk would be returning to his alma mater along with his former college teammate Scott Padgett to serve on coach John Calipari's staff at the University of Kentucky.
In June 2013, Delk left the New Mexico State staff to pursue other opportunities closer to his family in Atlanta.
Delk divorced from his former Spouse, Margie Delk, in 2007.
- "Tony Delk College Stats". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
- "Kings prevail in OT despite Delk's 53, Webber's ejection". CNN.com. Associated Press. January 3, 2001. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- "Tony Delk Game Finder". Basketball Reference. September 9, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
- "Mavs get Walker from Celtics in five-player deal". The Boston Globe. Associated Press. October 20, 2003. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- Rosa Rosa, Carlos (May 25, 2008). "La carrera tiene que terminar". El Nuevo Dia (in Spanish). Archived from the original on May 27, 2008.
- Calipari to hire former Wildcats Delk, Padgett
- "New Mexico St. hires former Wildcat Tony Delk as assistant". USA Today. Associated Press. July 4, 2011. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- Groves, Jason (June 24, 2013). "Menzies makes two staff changes". Las Cruces Sun-News. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- . Former UK star Delk joins SEC Network crew. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
- About Us. Taylor Delk Sickle Cell Foundation. Retrieved on March 20, 2010.
- "Tony Delk Biography". Dodoodad. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association "Mr. Basketball" List
- Taylor Delk Sickle Cell Foundation