Kelvin Upshaw

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Kelvin Upshaw
Personal information
Born (1963-01-12) January 12, 1963 (age 54)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school John Marshall (Chicago, Illinois)
NBA draft 1986 / Undrafted
Playing career 1986–1999
Position Shooting guard
Number 10, 7, 5
Coaching career 1999–present
Career history
As player:
1986–1987 Jacksonville/Mississippi Jets
1987 West Palm Beach Stingrays
1987–1988 Mississippi Jets
1988 Rapid City Thrillers
1988 Palm Beach Stingrays
1988–1989 Albany Patroons
1989 Miami Heat
1989 Albany Patroons
1989 Boston Celtics
1990 Dallas Mavericks
1990 Golden State Warriors
1990–1991 Dallas Mavericks
1991 Swift Mighty Meaties
1991–1992 Bakersfield Jammers
1992 Shell Rimula X
1992–1993 Fort Wayne Fury
1993–1994 Columbus Horizon
1994–1995 Gimnasia y Esgrima de Comodoro Rivadavia
1996–1997 Quad City Thunder
1997–1999 Komfort Stargard Szczec
As coach:
1999–2000 Quad City Thunder (asst.)
2000–2001 La Crosse Bobcats (asst.)
2001–2002 Sioux Falls Skyforce
20022004 North Charleston Lowgators (asst.)
2004–2005 Dallas Mavericks (asst.)
2005–2006 Gary Steelheads (asst.)
2006 Harlem Globetrotters (asst.)
2012–2013 Charlotte Christian School (asst. girls')
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Kelvin Parnell Upshaw (born January 24, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. He is a 6'2" (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) guard and played competitively at Marshall High School, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and the University of Utah. He played 120 games in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1988 to 1991 averaging 5.4 ppg, 2.1 apg and 1.2 rpg in 12.6 mpg.

Upshaw played with the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics, the Golden State Warriors and with the Dallas Mavericks. He also played professionally in Stargard Szczeciński, Poland (Komfort Stargard Szczec[1][2]), Italy (Scavolini Pesaro),[3] Argentina, Philippines, and in the CBA with the Quad City Thunder, Albany Patroons, Rapid City and Jacksonville Jets. He was selected in the second round of the 1986 CBA Draft by the Jets.[4]

After spending the 1986–1987 season with the Jacksonville (later Mississippi) Jets, Upshaw signed with the West Palm Beach Stingrays of the USBL in the spring of 1987.[5] The Jets cut Upshaw on May 26, 1987 due to injury[6] but recalled Upshaw in late June.[7] Upshaw returned to the Mississippi Jets later in 1987 and was selected to the 1988 CBA All-Star Game.[8] Upshaw later played for the CBA's Rapid City Thrillers for the rest of the season.[9]

Upshaw signed with the Palm Beach Stingrays in June 1988.[9] Upshaw then played for the CBA's Albany Patroons for most of the 1988–1989 season. In January 1989, Upshaw signed with the NBA's Miami Heat. In two ten-day contracts with the Heat, Upshaw played in nine games and averaged 6.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists.[10] Upshaw re-joined the Patroons on February 7.[11] The NBA's Boston Celtics signed Upshaw in March 1989 to relieve the injured Ramón Rivas.[12] Upshaw played in 23 games for the Celtics averaging 6.3 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists.[10] The Boston Globe noted at the time, "Upshaw has brought to Boston instant up-tempo offense along with tough, chest-to-chest defense against some of the league's best (Isiah Thomas, Mo Cheeks), as well as a certain sang froid in delivering the big jumper."[13]

A week after being waived, Upshaw re-signed with the Celtics on November 24, 1989 and was waived again on December 26, 1989. In 14 games at the beginning of the 1989–90 season with Boston, Upshaw averaged 7.0 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists.[10]

Upshaw signed the first of two ten-day contracts with the Dallas Mavericks on January 6, 1990 and played three games with the Mavericks with very few minutes per game.[10] On February 28, 1990, Upshaw signed a season-long contract with the Golden State Warriors and averaged 5.6 points in 23 games.[10]

Upshaw signed with the Dallas Mavericks on November 12, 1990 and re-signed on December 29 five days after being waived. In 48 games, Upshaw had one start and averaged 5.6 points.[10]

In 1991, Upshaw played in the Philippine Basketball Association for the Swift Mighty Meaties then went on to join the CBA's Bakersfield Jammers and was traded to the Fort Wayne Fury in a dispersal draft after the Jammers folded.[14] In the summer of 1992, Upshaw returned to play in the Philippine Basketball Association this time with Shell Rimula X before joining the Fury. In February 1993, Upshaw left the Fury to spend time with his family and work at a youth center.[15]

He has served as an assistant coach for the CBA's Gary Steelheads,[16] Quad City Thunder, LaCrosse Bobcats, and the NBDL's Charleston Lowgators.[17]

In 2004, he was named as player development coach for the Dallas Mavericks.[18]


  1. ^ Kelvin Upshaw profile
  2. ^ Pro Exposure Report Posted December 19, 1997
  3. ^ "Legabasket". 77.208. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Untitled". Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Camillone, Jude (May 19, 1987). "1,800 Watch `rays Rally Past Gulls". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jammers Make Late Charge, Stingrays Hold On 116-108". Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Moten Leaves Stingrays, Will Wait For Nba Camp". Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Pats rally to beat Rockford, 103-100". Schenectady Gazette. January 19, 1988. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Stingrays Get Old Home, New Players". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. June 7, 1988. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Kelvin Upshaw Stats -". Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Wilkin, Tim (February 8, 1989). "Upshaw returns in time to lead Pats". Albany Times Union. Archived from the original on January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Celtics sign ex-Ute Upshaw". Deseret News. March 10, 1989. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  13. ^ MacMullan, Jackie (April 2, 1989). "How did everyone else miss out on Kelvin Upshaw?". Deseret News. Retrieved January 13, 2014.  Originally published by The Boston Globe as "Credit Celtics with a steal; Signing Upshaw a timely maneuver."
  14. ^ "Sports shorts". Associated Press. January 4, 1992. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  15. ^ Merz, Craig (November 30, 1993). "Upshaw took time to get his mind back on basketball". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ " - This website is for sale! - cba hoops online Resources and Information.". Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  17. ^ NBDL coach profile
  18. ^ Former Lowgators Assistant Takes Mavericks Position October 7, 2004

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