Kenny Walker

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Kenny Walker
Walker at an autograph signing in 2012
No. 34, 7, 15
Small forward
Personal information
Born (1964-08-18) August 18, 1964 (age 50)
Roberta, Georgia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Crawford County
(Roberta, Georgia)
College Kentucky (1982–1986)
NBA draft 1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 1986–1997
Career history
19861991 New York Knicks
1991–1992 Granollers (Spain)
1993 Teamsystem Fabriano (Italy)
1993 Cáceres (Spain)
19931995 Washington Bullets
1996–1997 Isuzu Gigacats (Japan)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,128 (7.0 ppg)
Rebounds 1,793 (4.0 rpg)
Stats at

Kenneth "Kenny" "Sky" Walker (born August 18, 1964) is an American former professional basketball player, primarily for the New York Knicks of the NBA. Walker played college basketball at the University of Kentucky. He is currently a radio host for WVLK in Lexington, Kentucky.

College career[edit]

Kenny Walker's jersey was retired by the University of Kentucky. This banner hangs in Rupp Arena.

Walker was born in Roberta, Georgia. After being named Mr. Basketball in his home state of Georgia in 1982, Walker chose to play collegiately at the University of Kentucky. Walker had a very successful college career, being named to an All-SEC team four times and the All-American team twice. Walker's 1984 Kentucky team made it to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament before losing to the Georgetown Hoyas.

In 1986, Walker set a record by scoring 11 times on 11 field goal attempts in the NCAA tournament.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Walker was selected with the 5th pick of the 1986 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Walker played for five coaches in five years with the Knicks. On February 11, 1989, Walker won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, competing three days after the death of his father.[2] He also secured 3rd place in the 1990 contest. However, his success on the court was dwindling, and knee injuries forced him to leave the NBA and join the ACB league in Spain.

Walker returned to the NBA in 1993 to play two seasons with the Washington Bullets as a role player. He played a season (c.1998) in Japan before retiring from professional basketball.

Life outside the NBA[edit]

  • As a publicity stunt, Walker once raced against a horse, and won. On August 14, 1986, at New York's Monticello Raceway, Walker and harness racehorse "Pugwash" ran against each other over one-sixteenth of a mile in 10.4 seconds. The New York Times wrote, "It is a well-established fact that a fast human can outrace a slow horse, at least if the human is unfettered and the horse is forced to pull a sulky and driver, and the distance isn't much more than a 100-yard dash."[3]


  1. ^ Associated Press (2009-03-20). "NCAA Tournament Capsules". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  2. ^ "Walker skies to win slam-dunk," Syracuse Herald-American, February 12, 1989, pE-11
  3. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE; Slow Night at Track". The New York Times. 1986-08-16. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 

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