Atkins with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009
August 14, 1974 |
|Listed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||Maynard Evans
|College||South Florida (1992–1996)|
|NBA draft||1996 / Undrafted|
|1996–1997||La Crosse Bobcats (CBA)|
|1997–1999||Cibona Zagreb (Croatia)|
|2004–2005||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2009||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||6,863 (9.9 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,186 (1.7 rpg)|
|Assists||2,396 (3.4 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Kenneth Lavon "Chucky" Atkins (born August 14, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player.
After playing four years (1992–1996) of college basketball at the University of South Florida, he was undrafted in the 1996 NBA Draft. In 1996–97, he played with the now-defunct LaCrosse Bobcats in the CBA before going overseas to play for the Cibona Zagreb club in Croatia from 1997–1999.
Atkins started his NBA career in 1999 with the Orlando Magic, with immediate impact (all games played, averaging 9 points and four assists per game). He then played for the Detroit Pistons (being included in a July 2000 deal which brought Grant Hill to Orlando) and Boston Celtics (being traded midway through 2003–04 for Mike James, thus not appearing in the 2004 NBA Finals).
In 2004, Atkins was traded in a multi-player deal which sent Gary Payton to Boston and Atkins to the Los Angeles Lakers. During 2004–05, he registered career-highs in points (14 ppg) and minutes (35), playing and starting in all 82 regular season contests.
Atkins was traded along with Caron Butler to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Kwame Brown and Laron Profit in the 2005 offseason. As Atkins appeared sparingly throughout the season, the Wizards bought out the remainder of his contract on January 18, 2006. Atkins had voiced displeasure with the amount of playing time he was receiving, and he and the team both felt a change of scenery was needed.
On September 22, 2009, Chucky Atkins was waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He signed a non guaranteed contract with the Detroit Pistons on September 28, 2009. Atkins played 40 games for the Pistons in his second stint with them during the 2009-2010 season .
After retiring from the game in 2011, Atkins went on to coach his alum high school in 2012–13 and 2013–14 before quitting the job on the eve of the 2014–15 season after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence twice within three months.
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|
- "Nuggets trade Atkins, first-round pick to Thunder". nba.com. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
- "Minnesota Acquires Wilkins and Atkins from Thunder". NBA.com. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- "Timberwolves Waive Guard Chucky Atkins". nba.com. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
- "Chucky Atkins". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
- "Veteran Chucky Atkins waived by Suns". ESPN. October 11, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
- Chucky Atkins out as Evans basketball coach
- Chucky Atkins playerfile at NBA.com
- NBA biography of Chucky Atkins
- Stats at DatabaseBasketball
- Chucky Atkins at Basketball-Reference.com