February 19, 1960 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||238 lb (108 kg)|
|High school||Bonner Springs
(Bonner Springs, Kansas)
|College||Kansas State (1978–1982)|
|NBA draft||1982 / Round: 8 / Pick: 166th overall|
|Selected by the Kansas City Kings|
|Number||20, 32, 45, 55|
|1982–1984||Kansas City Kings|
|1984–1985||Sarasota Stingers (CBA)|
|1985||Kansas City Kings|
|1985–1986||Tampa Bay Thrillers (CBA)|
|1986–1988||San Antonio Spurs|
|1992–1993||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Born in Pittsburg, Kansas, Nealy attended Kansas State University and was selected by the Kansas City Kings in the eighth round of the 1982 NBA draft. In 10 NBA seasons with the Kings (1982–1985), San Antonio Spurs (1986–1988), Chicago Bulls (1988–1990; 1993), Phoenix Suns (1989; 1990–1992) and Golden State Warriors (1992), Nealy averaged 2.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. He participated on the 1992–93 Bulls team which won the NBA Championship, although he did not appear on the playoff roster.
His son, Spencer, played football at Texas A&M University.
Due his hustle, aggressiveness and court smarts, Nealy was uniformly praised for his unselfish play and his willingness to be physical throughout his career.
"With some players, a rebound hits their hand and bounces off. Nealy catches it. He has hands like Bobby Jones and Adrian Dantley. He is going to be a great pro some day. I truly mean that." -- Dean Smith 
- Spencer Nealy profile
- "Unsung Nealy Helps the Bulls" by Sam Goldaper New York Times May 28, 1990
- "Who Are These Guys?; Kansas St.: Short, Fat and Still Alive; Kansas State? Yes, Kansas State", by Ken Denlinger Washington Post March 21, 1981