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Kenny Anderson (basketball)

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Kenny Anderson

Listed height
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

basketball player

Listed weight
168 lb (76 kg)

1.83 m

Pro career

Joan Anderson

Kenny Anderson wearing a suit and a white shirt.

October 9, 1970 (age 53) , Queens, New York (

NBA draft
1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall

Natasha Anderson (m. 2007), Tamiyka Lockhart (m. 2002–2004), Tami Roman (m. 1994–2001)

Lyric Anderson, Jazz Anderson, Kenny Anderson Jr.

Georgia Institute of Technology, St. Thomas University, Archbishop Molloy High School

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Kenneth Anderson (born October 9, 1970) is an American retired basketball player. After a college career at Georgia Institute of Technology, he played point guard professionally from 1991 to 2006, mostly in the National Basketball Association.


Kenny Anderson inside a basketball court wearing a gray shirt, a black watch with a ball in his hand with some basketball players on his back.

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Early life

Kenny Anderson at a young age, playing basketball, wearing his basketball uniform, black and white shoes, and white socks.

Anderson was born in Queens, New York City. As a 16-year-old high school sophomore, the LeFrak City, Queens native who attended academic and athletic powerhouse Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, Queens, was considered one of the best basketball prospects in America. Collegiate recruiters began scouting Anderson in sixth grade and he was on the front page of the New York City sports section when he was 14.

Kenny Anderson wearing a white shirt with a microphone in front of him.

By the end of his high school career, he was a four-time Parade All-American, a feat not accomplished since Lew Alcindor (changed name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), and the first player to be named All-City four times. He was a McDonald's All-American, was named New York State Mr. Basketball by the New York State Coaches Organization, and named High School Basketball Player of the Year by Gatorade, the New York State Sportswriters Association, Parade, Naismith, and USA Today Despite his coach, Jack Curran, benching him for the first quarter of all of his games during his freshman year at Molloy, Anderson set the all-time state record for scoring in New York, with 2,621 Points. This record stood until 2004, when Lincoln High School guard Sebastian Telfair eclipsed the mark late in his senior season. He was considered the No. 1 player in the country, over such notables as Jimmy Jackson and Shaquille O'Neal.

Georgia Tech

Tami Roman, ex-wife of Kenny Anderson, wearing a red shirt with black curly hair.

After a long recruiting process, Anderson signed a letter of intent in November 1988 to play at Georgia Tech, selecting the Yellow Jackets over North Carolina, Duke and Syracuse.

Kenny Anderson at a young age, wearing his uniform while playing basketball.

Anderson played two years for Georgia Tech as the team's starting Point guard, helping lead the team to the Final Four in 1990, along with swingmen Dennis Scott and Brian Oliver. The trio was nicknamed "Lethal Weapon 3". Despite winning the ACC title, they entered the NCAA tourney as only a 4 seed. They proceeded to sweep through a Shaq led LSU team and two Big 10 teams on their way to the Final Four. Georgia Tech's tournament run ended against eventual champions UNLV in the Final Four.

Kenny Anderson with a mustache.

With Scott and Oliver gone after that season, Anderson averaged nearly 26 points a game. Georgia Tech secured a No. 8 seed for the NCAA Tournament, where they lost in the second round to Ohio State. Soon after, Anderson announced that he would forgo his last two years of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.

Kenny Anderson wearing a green basketball uniform.

He played for the US National team in the 1990 FIBA World Championship, where they won the bronze medal.

Professional career

Kenny Anderson wearing a suit with his name on it and his wife wearing a white gown with red lipstick and blonde hair.

Anderson was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the second pick in the 1991 NBA draft. He was the youngest player in the league in his rookie year, and averaged seven points, two rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. In Anderson's second season he nearly doubled his point, rebound, and assist averages. In his third season, he averaged 18.8 points and 9.6 Assists. Anderson and teammate Derrick Coleman represented the East squad in the 1994 NBA All-Star Game. He was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in 1996.

Kenny Anderson wearing a blue shirt.

Anderson has played for the Nets, Hornets (including both Charlotte and New Orleans franchises), Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics and the Indiana Pacers, and split a season for the Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers.

Kenny Anderson wearing a suit and his wife wearing a white gown holding a bouquet of white flowers.

In 1998, Portland traded Anderson to the Toronto Raptors for Damon Stoudamire, but he refused to report to the team because he did not want to play in Canada. The Raptors traded him to the Celtics for Chauncey Billups.

Anderson was released from Lithuania's Žalgiris Kaunas after the 2005–06 season.

Personal life

Anderson was raised by his mother, Joan, and did not meet his father until he was in his thirties. He has two sisters, Sandra and Danielle. He was poor growing up, but Anderson says that being able to provide for his mother was inspiration for him to become a professional basketball player. In October 2005, his mother died from a heart attack.

Anderson is the father of eight children, by five women. He became a father of a daughter while attending Georgia Tech. He had a relationship with Dee Dee Roper (DJ Spinderella of the rap group Salt-n-Pepa), and they have a daughter together. He was married to Tami Roman (who has appeared on the reality series Basketball Wives), but they divorced. They have two daughters. Anderson met his second wife Tamiyka R Lockhart in West Los Angeles in 1998 while they both were going through divorces. They have a son together, Kenneth Anderson Jr. They divorced in 2004. He met his third wife, Natasha, during the 2004 NBA playoffs. They married in 2007. Anderson and Natasha are raising his son Kenny Jr. and her daughter.

In 2005, despite earning $63 million during his NBA career, Anderson filed for bankruptcy.

In 2013, Anderson reported that he was sexually abused as a child by both a person who lived in his neighborhood and a basketball coach.

After the NBA

In 2007, Anderson was named as the coach of the Continental Basketball Association's Atlanta Krunk. The team was owned by Freedom Williams of C+C Music Factory.

In 2008, Anderson made a TV appearance on Pros vs Joes.

In September 2008, he was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.

In 2008, he became the head coach of slamball team Hombres, and helped them to a semi-finals berth.

Anderson graduated in 2010 from St. Thomas University in Miami, with a degree in organizational leadership.

In August 2011, Anderson took the position of basketball coach at the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Davie, Florida. In May 2013, following a DUI arrest, the school indicated that they would not renew his contract.

In 2014, Anderson was named to a team assembled by Dennis Rodman as part of his "basketball diplomacy" effort in North Korea with the job of playing an exhibition match against the North Korean Senior National Team to celebrate the birthday of Kim Jong-Un.

In 2015, Anderson appeared in Dwayne Johnson's reality TV show Wake Up Call.


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