Kendrick Perkins

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Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins.jpg
Perkins with the Oklahoma City Thunder
No. 5 – Oklahoma City Thunder
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1984-11-10) November 10, 1984 (age 29)
Nederland, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school Clifton J. Ozen (Beaumont, Texas)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Pro career 2003–present
Career history
20032011 Boston Celtics
2011–present Oklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Kendrick La'Dale Perkins (born November 10, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

High school career[edit]

Perkins was born in Nederland, Texas[1] and graduated from Clifton J. Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas in 2003. He led Ozen High to four consecutive district championships and one state championship during his high school career. Averaging 27.5 points, 16.4 rebounds and 7.8 blocked shots a game as a Senior, he led Ozen to a 33–1 record, with the only loss being a 66–54 setback to Fort Worth Dunbar in the state 4A championship game. In 2003, Perkins was selected to the McDonald's All-American game for high-school players. He had originally committed to the University of Memphis, but opted instead to make the jump to the NBA straight out of high school.

Professional career[edit]

The 6'10" center was drafted in the first round with the 27th pick of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies,[2] but was immediately traded along with Marcus Banks to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Troy Bell and Dahntay Jones, who had been selected by the Celtics in the same draft.

During the 2004–05 season, Perkins received more playing time than he did his rookie season, and became known as one of the tougher players on the Celtics. He had a limited role during the regular season and playoffs as the team's "enforcer". Perkins was involved in an unusual scenario in the final seconds of regulation in Game 6 of the 2005 Eastern Conference first round against Indiana. Paul Pierce was ejected but Pierce was owed free throws because he had been fouled before the ejection. Under NBA rules, Indiana coach Rick Carlisle chose to select Perkins (who had not played in the game) off the bench to shoot the crucial free throws (the game was tied). Perkins missed both, indirectly leading the game going into overtime, in which the Celtics eventually won.[3]

Perkins (right) dunking over Brendan Haywood of the Washington Wizards

After marked improvements during summer training and practice, Perkins earned more playing time from coach Doc Rivers during the 2005–06 season. He played some of the best games of his career in 2006, repeatedly reaching double figures in points and rebounds. After the trade of Mark Blount to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Perkins became the undisputed starting center for the Celtics, although he was already sharing starting time before Blount's departure. He started at center for the 2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics.

In Game 6 of the 2010 NBA Finals, Perkins injured his knee and missed the rest of the game. He was inactive for Game 7, in which the Celtics fell to Lakers. According to the Los Angeles Times, he suffered torn MCL and PCL ligaments in his right knee.

Perkins did not return to the floor until January 25 of 2011, when he logged 17 minutes off of the bench netting 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He received a standing ovation upon entering the game in the first quarter. After coming off the bench for his first 5 games back, Perkins returned to the starting line-up Friday, February 4 in a home loss to the Dallas Mavericks. He logged his first double-double of the season with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 1 blocked shot while shooting 6 for 7 from the field in 33 minutes. On February 24, 2011, Perkins and Nate Robinson were traded to Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstić.

In 2012, Perkins and the Thunder reached the NBA Finals, but were defeated by the Miami Heat.

Career transactions[edit]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Boston 10 0 3.5 .533 .000 .667 1.4 .3 .0 .2 2.2
2004–05 Boston 60 3 9.1 .471 .000 .638 2.9 .4 .2 .6 2.5
2005–06 Boston 68 40 19.6 .515 .000 .615 5.9 1.0 .3 1.5 5.2
2006–07 Boston 72 53 21.9 .491 .000 .600 5.2 1.3 .3 1.3 4.5
2007–08 Boston 78 78 24.5 .615 .000 .623 6.1 1.1 .4 1.5 6.9
2008–09 Boston 76 76 29.6 .577 .000 .600 8.1 1.3 .3 2.0 8.5
2009–10 Boston 78 78 27.6 .602 .000 .582 7.6 1.0 .3 1.7 10.1
2010–11 Boston 12 7 26.1 .542 .000 .575 8.1 .8 .2 .8 7.3
2010–11 Oklahoma City 17 17 25.2 .493 .000 .531 7.9 .9 .4 .9 5.1
2011–12 Oklahoma City 65 65 26.8 .489 .000 .652 6.6 1.2 .4 1.1 5.0
2012–13 Oklahoma City 78 78 25.1 .457 .000 .611 6.0 1.4 .6 1.1 4.2
2013–14 Oklahoma City 62 62 19.5 .451 .000 .552 4.9 1.1 .4 .5 3.4
Career 676 557 22.9 .536 .000 .603 6.0 1.1 .3 1.3 5.6

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Boston 6 0 4.7 .800 .000 .333 1.0 .0 .0 .5 1.5
2008 Boston 25 25 25.2 .585 .000 .678 6.1 .5 .6 1.3 6.6
2009 Boston 14 14 36.6 .575 .000 .667 11.6 1.4 .4 2.6 11.9
2010 Boston 23 23 25.0 .510 .000 .600 6.2 1.0 .4 1.4 5.7
2011 Oklahoma City 17 17 28.2 .453 .000 .576 6.1 .8 .2 .8 4.5
2012 Oklahoma City 20 20 25.9 .416 .000 .800 6.2 .7 .4 1.3 4.7
2013 Oklahoma City 11 11 19.1 .270 .000 1.000 3.7 .6 .7 .5 2.2
2014 Oklahoma City 17 17 20.4 .545 .000 .800 5.4 .6 .2 .4 3.5
Career 133 127 24.8 .506 .000 .665 6.2 .7 .4 1.2 5.5

Personal life[edit]

Perkins is a practicing Roman Catholic.[6] He was an altar boy in his youth, though it was often problematic to find an alb to fit him due to his height.[6] He has a son, Kendrick Perkins II, born September 10, 2007.[7]

On July 25, 2009, Perkins married his longtime girlfriend, Vanity Alpough.[8]

On October 10, 2013, Perkins posted a $1000 bond on a misdemeanor assault charge. He allegedly punched two people after a fender bender dispute.[9]

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