D. J. Kennedy

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D. J. Kennedy
No. 1 – MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League Basketball Bundesliga
Personal information
Born (1989-11-05) November 5, 1989 (age 27)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Schenley (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
College St. John's (2007–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Undrafted
Playing career 2011–present
Career history
2011–2012 Erie BayHawks
2012 Cleveland Cavaliers
2012–2013 Erie BayHawks
2013 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2013 BCM Gravelines
2014 Hapoel Holon
2014 Krasny Oktyabr
2014–2015 MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg
2015–2016 Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
2016–2017 Guangzhou Long-Lions
2017–present MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg
Career highlights and awards

David John "D. J." Kennedy (born November 5, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg of the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL). He played college basketball for St. John's University.

High school career[edit]

Kennedy attended Schenley High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a senior in 2006–07, he averaged 17.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game. In helping the Spartans to a 29-3 record and the 2007 PIAA AAAA State championship, he earned a first team all-state selection, a first team all-city selection and a two-time Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous Five" selection.[1]

College career[edit]

In his freshman season at St. John's, Kennedy finished second on the squad with 37 steals, including 20 in BIG EAST play. In 30 games (29 starts), he averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game.[1][2]

In his sophomore season, he was one of only two Red Storm players to start and play in each of the squad's 34 games. In those 34 games, he averaged 13.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 34.6 minutes per game.[1][2]

In his junior season, he earned a first team All-Met selection by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA). In 33 games (31 starts), he averaged 15.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 31.4 minutes per game.[1][2]

In his senior season, he scored a total of 333 points to finish his college career at St. John's as the school's 12 all-time leading scorer with 1,504 total points, as well as finish 11th all-time in rebounds (781) and sixth all-time in steals (183). In 32 games, he averaged 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals in 28.7 minutes per game.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

2011–12 season[edit]

Kennedy went undrafted in the 2011 NBA draft. In November 2011, he was acquired by the Erie BayHawks.[3]

On April 21, 2012, he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the rest of the 2011–12 season.[4]

2012–13 season[edit]

In July 2012, Kennedy joined the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2012 NBA Summer League. On July 25, 2012, he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.[5] On September 18, 2012, he was waived by the Grizzlies.[6] Later that month, he re-signed with the Grizzlies.[7] On October 7, 2012, he was again waived by the Grizzlies.[8] On November 1, 2012, he was re-acquired by the Erie BayHawks.[9]

On February 4, 2013, Kennedy was named to the Prospects All-Star roster for the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[10]

On March 5, 2013, Kennedy was traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.[11] He went on to win the 2013 NBA D-League championship with the Vipers.[12]

2013–14 season[edit]

In July 2013, Kennedy joined the Miami Heat for the 2013 NBA Summer League.[13] On September 10, 2013, he signed with the Dallas Mavericks.[14] However, he was later waived by the Mavericks on October 22, 2013.[15]

On October 27, 2013, he signed with BCM Gravelines of France for the 2013–14 season.[16] On December 3, 2013, he parted ways with Gravelines after just 8 games.[17] On January 4, 2014, he signed with Hapoel Holon of Israel for the rest of the season.[18]

2014–15 season[edit]

In July 2014, Kennedy joined the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[19] On September 1, 2014, he signed with Krasny Oktyabr of Russia for the 2014–15 season.[20] On November 18, 2014, he left the club after appearing in just six games.[21] On December 6, 2014, he signed with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg of Germany for the rest of the season.[22]

2015–16 season[edit]

In July 2015, Kennedy joined the Houston Rockets for the 2015 NBA Summer League. On August 10, 2015, he signed with Yenisey Krasnoyarsk of Russia for the 2015–16 season.[23] In 40 games and 38 starts, he averaged 14.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.[24]

2016–17 season[edit]

On September 15, 2016, Kennedy signed with the Denver Nuggets,[24] but was waived on October 15 after appearing in one preseason game.[25] On November 14, he signed with Guangzhou Long-Lions of China.[26] Four days later, he made his debut in an 89–88 loss to Qingdao DoubleStar, recording 24 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.[27]

On March 16, 2017, Kennedy returned to his former club MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg for the rest of the 2016–17 BBL season.[28]

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
2011–12 Cleveland 2 0 29.5 .417 .500 .000 3.5 1.5 1.0 .0 6.0
Career 2 0 29.5 .417 .500 .000 3.5 1.5 1.0 .0 6.0

Personal[edit]

Kennedy is the son of Rana Holliday and David "Puff" Kennedy. His father was a standout college basketball player at Cincinnati. He has one brother, Derrick Holliday, and one sister, Chanae Holliday.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "D.J. Kennedy Bio". redstormsports.com. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "D.J. Kennedy Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "BayHawks Announce Returning Players, Training Camp Invites". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 2, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Cavaliers Sign D.J. Kennedy". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 21, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Grizzlies acquire D.J. Kennedy from Cavaliers". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 25, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Grizzlies waive D.J. Kennedy". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 18, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies add Michael Dunigan, Ronald Dupree, Jarrid Famous, Jerome Jordan, D.J. Kennedy to training camp". InsideHoops.com. September 29, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Grizzlies waive Kennedy and Famous". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 7, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ "BayHawks Add Nine to Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 1, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2013 NBA Development League All-Star Game Rosters Announced". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 4, 2013. Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Vipers acquire Kennedy and Singletary from Erie". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 5, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Rio Grande Valley Vipers win 2013 D-League championship". InsideHoops.com. April 27, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  13. ^ "HEAT Announce Summer League Information". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 2, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ "MAVERICKS ADD THREE PLAYERS; ROSTER EXPANDS TO 18". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 10, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  15. ^ "MAVERICKS REQUEST WAIVERS ON BALKMAN, EBANKS, KENNEDY AND MELO". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 22, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Gravelines-Dunkerque signs DJ Kennedy". Sportando.com. October 27, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  17. ^ "DJ Kennedy leaves Gravelines-Dunkerque". Sportando.com. December 3, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Hapeol Holon sign D.J Kennedy". Sportando.com. January 4, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  19. ^ Schuster, Megan (July 9, 2014). "2014 Summer League Roster Breakdown". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Krasny Oktyabr signs DJ Kennedy". Sportando.com. September 1, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  21. ^ "DJ Kennedy leaves Krasny Oktyabr". Sportando.com. November 18, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  22. ^ "DJ Kennedy signs with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg". Sportando.com. December 6, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  23. ^ "DJ Kennedy officially signs with Enisey Krasnoyarsk". Sportando.com. August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "Nuggets Sign Four Players to Contracts". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 15, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  25. ^ NuggetsPR (October 15, 2016). "#Nuggets Waive Kennedy, Sampson and...". Twitter. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Foshan Long Lions replace Ryan Boatright with DJ Kennedy". Sportando.com. November 14, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Regular Season Round 8: Qingdao E. - Guangzhou 89-88". Eurobasket.com. November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  28. ^ "D.J. Kennedy zurück bei den MHP RIESEN!". mhp-riesen-ludwigsburg.de (in German). March 16, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 

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