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Gill in 2010
May 25, 1968 |
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Rich Central
(Olympia Fields, Illinois)
|NBA draft||1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the Charlotte Hornets|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Number||13, 9, 12|
|1996–2001||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||12,914 (13.4 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,002 (4.1 rpg)|
|Steals||1,519 (1.6 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Gill was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields, Illinois. Graduating in 1986, as a senior Gill led Rich Central to a 2nd place finish in the IHSA class AA state boys basketball tournament. Gill led Rich Central in scoring with 54 points in the 4 games of the tournament finals, and was named to the six-player All-Tournament team.
After high school, Gill attended the University of Illinois. Playing four years for the Fighting Illini, Gill was a starter for his last three seasons. As a junior, Gill led the Fighting Illini to the 1989 Final Four before losing to Michigan on a last second shot. Also among that fabled "Flyin' Illini" squadron were future NBA players Nick Anderson, Marcus Liberty, Kenny Battle and Illini TV/radio broadcaster Stephen Bardo as well as four year starter, Lowell Hamilton. As a senior, Gill led the Big Ten in scoring and was named a first-team All-American (UPI). Gill left Illinois as the 7th all-time leading scorer in school history. Gill's Illini earned NCAA bids each year he played. Gill also won the NCAA Slam Dunk championship at the Final Four his senior season.
Gill was elected to the "Illini Men's Basketball All-Century Team" in 2004.
|1986–87||31||114||3.7||28||0.9||24||13–2||23–8||NCAA First Round|
|1987–88||33||344||10.4||138||4.1||65||11–7||21–10||NCAA Second Round|
|1988–89||24||370||15.4||91||3.8||51||14–4||31–5||NCAA Final Four|
|1989–90||29||581||20.0||96||3.3||63||11–7||21–8||NCAA First Round|
Gill was chosen in the 1990 NBA draft with the fifth overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets, and was named First Team All-Rookie for the 1990-91 season. Kendall also participated in an NBA Slam-Dunk Competition. Gill played in 15 seasons in the NBA for the Hornets (including two separate stints), Seattle SuperSonics, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago Bulls, and Milwaukee Bucks. In two different seasons Gill averaged over 20 points per game, first as a second-year player for the Hornets in 1991-92 (20.5 ppg), and again for the Nets in 1996-97 (21.8 ppg). In the 1997-98 NBA season, Gill led the league in steals as a member of the Nets. On April 3, 1999, he recorded 11 steals in a game against Miami, tying a single-game record set by Larry Kenon during the 1976-77 season. In this game, he also recorded 15 points and 10 rebounds for a rare Points-Rebounds-Steals triple double. Gill's career totals include 12,914 points in 966 regular season games. He made an appearance as himself in a Nickelodeon TV Show, My Brother and Me.
Off the court
As a means to maintain his conditioning, Gill took up boxing, eventually entering the professional ranks. Gill had his first bout on June 25, 2005 at the age of 37.
Gill formerly provided analysis during pregame and postgame shows on Comcast SportsNet Chicago for Chicago Bulls games. On March 22, 2013, Gill was suspended by Comcast SportsNet for the remainder of the 2012-13 season after a reported physical altercation with analyst Tim Doyle in the CSN newsroom. In September 2013, Gill indicated that he was not returning to the station.
NBA career statistics
- List of National Basketball Association career steals leaders
- List of National Basketball Association players with most steals in a game
- Bulls legend Van Lier mourned
- Gill out for season as Bulls analyst
- Kendall Gill returning to television; NBA TV
- IHSA 1986 Class AA Boys Summary
- Career NBA Statistics
- NBA.com player profile
- Professional boxing record for Kendall Gill from BoxRec
- Gill joins Bulls Pre-Game Live