Derwin Kitchen

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Derwin Kitchen
Derwin Kitchen.jpeg
Kitchen playing for Hapoel Eilat in March 2018
Free agent
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1986-05-14) May 14, 1986 (age 32)
Jacksonville, Florida
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolRaines (Jacksonville, Florida)
College
NBA draft2011 / Undrafted
Playing career2011–present
Career history
2011–2012Maccabi Rishon LeZion
2012Panathinaikos
2012–2013Cedevita
2013–2015Hapoel Jerusalem
2015SLUC Nancy
2015–2016Trabzonspor
2016–2017Ironi Nahariya
2017–2018Hapoel Eilat
Career highlights and awards

Derwin Maurice Kitchen (born May 14, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Hapoel Eilat of the Israeli Premier League. He played college basketball for Iowa Western Community College and Florida State University before playing professionally in Israel, Greece, Serbia, France and Turkey. Standing at 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), he primarily plays at the point guard and shooting guard positions.

Early life and college career[edit]

Kitchen graduated from Raines High School, in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, in 2005. Afterwards, he considered playing college basketball at several colleges, and initially agreed to play at the University of Florida, with the Florida Gators, but was ruled ineligible for the 2005-06 season due to his academics. He wanted to play college basketball during the 2006-07 season with St. Johns' college basketball team, the St. John's Red Storm, but was again ruled academically ineligible.

During the 2007-08 season, Kitchen played for Iowa Western Community College's college basketball team, where he averaged 14 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. Then, he went on to play with Florida State's team, the Seminoles, for three seasons.[1] He went undrafted at the 2011 NBA Draft.

Professional career[edit]

Maccabi Rishon LeZion (2011–2012)[edit]

On July 20, 2011, Kitchen started his professional career with the Israeli team Maccabi Rishon LeZion, signing a one-year deal.[2] On January 1, 2012, Kitchen recorded a career-high 35 points, shooting 13-of-17 from the field, along with nine rebounds, and five assists in an 88–77 win over Hapoel Holon.[3] On February 1, 2012, Kitchen was named Israeli League Player of the Month for games played in January.[4]

Kitchen helped Rishon LeZion to reach the Israeli State Cup Finals, where they eventually lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv. In 32 games played during the 2011–12 season, Kitchen averaged 14.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. On May 17, 2012, Kitchen was named All-Israeli League First Team.[5]

Panathinaikos / Cedevita (2012–2013)[edit]

On July 12, 2012, Kitchen joined the Denver Nuggets for the 2012 NBA Summer League.[6] One month later, Kitchen signed a one-year deal with Panathinaikos of the Greek League and the EuroLeague.[7] However, on December 24, 2012, Kitchen was loaned to KK Cedevita for the rest of the season.[8]

Hapoel Jerusalem (2013–2015)[edit]

On August 8, 2013, Kitchen returned to Israel for a second stint, signing a one-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem.[9] On June 23, 2014, Kitchen signed a two-year contract extension with Jerusalem.[10] Kitchen helped Jeusalem to win the 2015 Israeli League Championship.

Nancy / Trabzonspor (2015–2016)[edit]

On November 20, 2015, Kitchen signed with the French team SLUC Nancy for the 2015–16 season.[11] However, on December 28, 2015, Kitchen parted ways with Nancy after appearing in seven games and signed with the Turkish team Trabzonspor for the rest of the season.[12]

Ironi Nahariya (2016–2017)[edit]

On November 2, 2016, Kitchen returned to Israel for a third stint, signing a one-year deal with Ironi Nahariya.[13] On February 8, 2017, Kitchen recorded a season-high 23 points, shooting 10-of-14 from the field along with eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals in a 96–75 win over Gaziantep.[14]

Kitchen finished the season as the Israeli League third leading player in assists (5.8 per game) and helped Nahariya to reach the 2017 FIBA Europe Cup Quarterfinals and the 2017 Israeli League Quarterfinals.

Hapoel Eilat (2017–2018)[edit]

On November 24, 2017, Kitchen signed with Hapoel Eilat for the 2017–18 season.[15] Kitchen helped Eilat to reach the 2018 Israeli League Playoffs, where they eventually lost to Hapoel Holon.

Personal life[edit]

Kitchen's first cousin and best friend is Jamon Gordon.[16]

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     Led the league

Eurocup[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2013-14 Israel Hapoel Jerusalem 19 19 31.5 .497 .343 .828 5.3 4.0 1.3 .2 11.4 17.1
2014-15 9 9 30.2 .486 .176 .857 5.6 3.6 1.4 .2 10.3 14.0
2015-16 France Nancy 5 5 31.6 .404 .250 .789 7.6 4.6 2.4 0 11.4 18.2
Turkey Trabzonspor 6 6 28.2 .353 .125 .727 7.0 4.5 1.1 0 5.5 11.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Derwin Kitchen takes long road to senior night at Florida State". OrlandoSentinel.com. March 1, 2011.
  2. ^ "Maccabi Rishon LeZion lands Derwin Kitchen". Sportando.com. July 20, 2011.
  3. ^ "Winner League, Game 12: M. Rishon Vs H. Holon - Box Score". basket.co.il. January 1, 2012.
  4. ^ "שחקן החודש - דרווין קיצ'ן". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). February 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "נבחרי העונה - 2011/2012". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). May 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "Denver Nuggets: Summer League Roster, Key Storylines". BleacherReport.com. July 12, 2012.
  7. ^ "Panathinaikos announces guard Kitchen". euroleague.net. August 12, 2012.
  8. ^ "Cedevita officially gets Derwin Kitchen on loan from Panathinaikos". Sportando.com. December 24, 2012.
  9. ^ "Hapoel Jerusalem signs Derwin Kitchen, Ronald Dupree". Sportando.com. August 8, 2013.
  10. ^ "Derwin Kitchen signs a 2-year contract extension with Hapoel Jerusalem". Sportando.com. June 23, 2014.
  11. ^ "SLUC Nancy announces Derwin Kitchen". Sportando.com. November 20, 2015.
  12. ^ "Derwin Kitchen signs with Trabzonspor". Sportando.com. December 28, 2015.
  13. ^ "Derwin Kitchen inks a deal with Ironi Nahariya". Sportando.com. November 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "Ironi Nahariya v Gaziantep boxscore - FIBA Europe Cup 2017". fiba.basketball. February 8, 2017.
  15. ^ "Hapoel Eilat signs Derwin Kitchen". Sportando.com. November 24, 2017.
  16. ^ "Ντέργουιν Κίτσεν: η ζωή που δεν έζησε". sport24.gr (in Greek). August 17, 2012.

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