Keith Van Horn
|No. 44, 4, 2|
October 23, 1975 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Diamond Bar
(Diamond Bar, California)
|NBA draft||1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|1997–2002||New Jersey Nets|
|2003–2004||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||9,206 (16.0 ppg)|
|Rebounds||3,909 (6.8 rpg)|
|Assists||900 (1.6 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Keith Adam Van Horn (born October 23, 1975) is a retired American professional basketball player. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward graduated from Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, California and attended the University of Utah where he went on to be a consensus First Team All-American in 1997. Van Horn finished his career at Utah as the school and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) male all time leading scorer (Colorado State's Becky Hammon is the all-time WAC leader with 2,740 points) and holds numerous other school records. He led Utah to three NCAA Division I top 25 finishes, including their highest ranking ever in school history (#2). He received the 1997 ESPN Men’s College Basketball Performer of the Year award.
Van Horn was selected with the second pick of the 1997 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and was traded to the New Jersey Nets on a draft night trade. Van Horn played for the Nets from 1997–2002, leading the Nets in scoring in the 1997–1998 and 1998–1999 seasons where he averaged over 20 points per game and ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring in the 1999 season. He was a major contributor to the Nets 2002 Eastern Conference Championship team, leading the team in rebounding and placing second on the team in scoring. During his NBA career, Van Horn also played for the Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks. While with the Dallas Mavericks, he was an important member of the 2005–2006 Western Conference Championship team.
Van Horn officially retired from the NBA in 2008 and averaged 16.0 points and nearly 7 rebounds per game during his 10 year NBA career.
Van Horn played for the University of Utah Utes under famed basketball coach Rick Majerus from 1993–1997. Among his collegiate accomplishments is being the first player in WAC history to be named Player of the Year three times (1995,1996,1997), being the second player in WAC history to make first team all-WAC four years in a row and being the all time leading scorer in University of Utah and WAC history with 2,542 points. He is the University of Utah career leader in points, defensive rebounds, three point field goals made, free throw percentage and is second in total rebounds. He is well known for his last second heroics, making back to back game winning shots against SMU and New Mexico in the 1997 WAC Conference Tournament. Van Horn received numerous All American awards during his career at Utah and was a consensus first team All American selection as a senior. In 1997, he led the Utes to a 29–4 finish and #2 national ranking, the highest in school history. His #44 basketball jersey was retired by the University of Utah in 1998. He was named ESPN Men’s College Player of the Year in 1997. In February 2008, he was among 16 players named to the University of Utah's "All-Century" basketball team.
Van Horn was drafted as the second overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers; however, his rights were immediately traded to the New Jersey Nets along with Michael Cage, Lucious Harris and Don MacLean in exchange for the draft rights to Tim Thomas and Anthony Parker and player contracts of Jim Jackson and Eric Montross.
Van Horn played for the Nets from 1997 to 2002. He was named 1st Team All Rookie in his first NBA season, averaging a team leading 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds and leading the Nets to the NBA playoffs. His best season as a pro came in 1999, where he averaged a team-leading 21.8 points per game (5th in the NBA) as well as 8.5 rebounds per game. He was an important part of the 2002 Nets team that won the Eastern Conference Championship, leading the team in rebounding and placing second in scoring, but was eventually swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2002 NBA Finals. He hit the game-winning three point shot against the Boston Celtics in game 6 of the 2002 Eastern Conference Championships to send the Nets to the NBA finals. He ranks in the Nets top ten in several statistical categories including points, field goals made, three point field goals made and attempted, and offensive and defensive rebounds.
On August 6, 2002 Van Horn was traded to his original team, the Philadelphia 76ers along with Todd MacCulloch for center Dikembe Mutumbo. He spent one year with the 76ers placing second on the team in scoring and rebounding while the Sixers made the second round of the NBA playoffs. After spending the year with the 76ers he was traded to the New York Knicks in a four team deal that also included the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves. His stint with the Knicks was short; on February 16, 2004 he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in a three team trade.
In order to make salary cap room for the signing of free-agent-to-be Michael Redd in the coming off season, on February 24, 2005 the Bucks traded Van Horn to the Dallas Mavericks for the expiring contracts of Alan Henderson, Calvin Booth and cash. He spent nearly two seasons with Dallas playing a key sixth man role and helping the Mavericks win the 2006 Western Conference Championship where they eventually lost in the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat.
Following the 2006 NBA season, he took a year off in order to spend time with his family. On February 19, 2008 Van Horn signed a three-year deal (only the first year guaranteed) with the Mavericks in order to help complete a blockbuster trade that sent Jason Kidd from the New Jersey Nets to the Mavericks and Devin Harris to the Nets. As expected, Van Horn did not play at all for the Nets and was waived on October 23, 2008.
Van Horn finished his NBA career with averages of 16.0 points per game and nearly 7 rebounds per game.
NBA career statistics
|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|
- First Team All-WAC 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
- WAC Player of the Year 1995, 1996, 1997
- Associated Press All American 1996
- Associated Press All American 1997
- 1997 ESPN Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year
- University of Utah Men’s Basketball “All Century Team”
- WAC Champions (1995,1996,1997), University of Utah
- NBA All Rookie First Team 1998
- Fifth NBA Scoring 1999
- 2002 Eastern Conference Championship, New Jersey Nets 
- New Jersey Nets Top Ten Career Leader in points, field goals made, three point field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, offensive and defensive rebounds
- 2006 Western Conference Championship, Dallas Mavericks 
- Carl W. Grody. Sports Great Keith Van Horn. p.12.
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- "U.'s All-Century team honored at half". 2008-02-17. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
- New Jersey Nets Draft Picks, www.letsgonets.com. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
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- New Jersey Nets Season Leaders, www.letsgonets.com. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
- New Jersey Nets Career Leaders, www.letsgonets.com/media guide. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
- Sixers Acquire Keith Van Horn and Todd MacCulloch for Dikembe Mutombo". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/macculloch_vanhorn_020806.html. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
- Sixers 2002–2003 Season Statistics, www.nba.com/sixers/. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
- Knicks 2004–2005 Season, www.nba.com/knicks/. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
- "Seeing Redd: Bucks deal Van Horn to Mavs". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=1998910. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
- NBA Finals, www.nba.com/history. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
- Van Horn Takes Year Off to Spend Time with Family,http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=wojciechowski_gene&id=2645798. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
- NETS ACQUIRE DEVIN HARRIS AND TWO FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS IN EIGHT PLAYER TRADE WITH DALLAS". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/nets/news/Harris_trade_release_2_19_08.html. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
- "Nets waive Van Horn, three others". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/2008/news/10/24/102408cutsroundup.ap/index.html?rss=true. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
- Keith Van Horn, www.basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
- Broussard, Chris (October 31, 1999). "1999–2000 N.B.A. PREVIEW; Marbury-Van Horn Duo May Be Up With the Best". The New York Times. Retrieved September 9, 2008.
Marbury, a Brooklyn native, seems to have a strong enough personality to endure being close to home, and Van Horn is content living with his wife and two children in Franklin Lakes, N.J.
- Men's Basketball, www.wacsports.com. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
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- University of Utah Men's Basketball All Century Team, http://utahutes.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/021208aaa.html. Retrieved January 11, 2009.
- 1998–99 Regular Season Leaders, www.nba.com. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
- Regular Season Results, www.letsgonets.com. Retrieved January 12, 2009.
- Nets Career Leaders, www.letsgonets.com/mediaguide/. Retrieved January 12, 2009.
- Finals, www.nba.com/history. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
- Richard Corman (1999). Glory
- Terri Ellefsen and Salt Lake Tribune (1998). Runnin’ Utes Basketball
- Carl W. Grody (2001). Sports Great Keith Van Horn
- Diane Long (2000). He’s Just My Dad, Portraits of Celebrity Athletes and their Children
- Rick Majerus with Gene Wojciechowski (2000). My Life on a Napkin: Pillow Mints, Playground Dreams and Coaching the Runnin' Utes
- Keith Van Horn biography on NBA.com (archived from 2003)
- Keith Van Horn: An NBA Rarity
- BasketballReference.com page