Kevin Burleson

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Kevin Burleson
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Kevin Burleson in 2005 with the Charlotte Bobcats.
Personal information
Born (1979-04-09) April 9, 1979 (age 38)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school O'Dea (Seattle, Washington)
College Minnesota (1999–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Undrafted
Playing career 2003–2013
Position Point guard
Career history
2003–2004 USC Heidelberg (Germany)
2004–2005 Walter Tigers Tübingen (Germany)
2005–2006 Charlotte Bobcats
2006–2007 Fort Worth Flyers (D-League)
2007–2008 Mersin Büyükşehir Belediyesi (Turkey)
2009 Idaho Stampede (D-League)
2009–2010 CSU Asesoft Ploieşti (Romania)
2012–2013 Al-Ittihad Alexandria (Egypt)
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Kevin Burleson (born April 9, 1979) is an American retired professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and began his professional career in the German basketball league. He played for the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 2005–2006.

Early life[edit]

Burleson was born in Seattle, Washington. He was born to a prolific sporting family: his father, Alvin Burleson, played defensive back in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the United States Football League (USFL). His older brother Alvin Jr. played college football for the University of Washington Huskies and the Western Illinois University Leathernecks. His younger brother Nate is currently a free agent of the National Football League (NFL). His younger brother Lyndale played college basketball for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack.[1][2] Burleson is a 6'3", 205 lb. point guard. Kevin and Nate Burleson are one of only two sets of siblings in which one played in the NBA and one in the NFL.[3] Like his brothers he played several sports early on, but gave up baseball as he found it too slow, and gave up football for fear of an injury that would prevent him from playing basketball.[1]

Burleson graduated from O'Dea High School after transferring from Garfield High School after his freshman year.[1] At O'Dea, Burleson earned three letters in basketball and one in track and field and played basketball under coach Phil Lumpkin. In his junior year, Burleson helped O'Dea go undefeated through a 29-game season and win the state title.[4]

College career[edit]

Burleson was offered a basketball scholarship to the University of Washington, but opted instead to attend the University of Minnesota for a chance to play in the Big Ten Conference.[1] He played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team from 1999 to 2003 after redshirting the 1998-99 season. Minnesota made the 2001 National Invitation Tournament (NIT), and Burleson scored a season-high 21 points in Minnesota's win over Villanova in the first round. As a junior, Burleson led Minnesota with 146 assists and had an assist/turnover ratio 146-58.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Burleson began his professional career in Germany. He played for the USC Heidelberg in the 2003–2004 season and for the Walter Tigers Tübingen of Basketball Bundesliga in the 2004-2005 season. He was then signed by the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA on August 31, 2005. He played with the Bobcats for the 2005–2006 season, but was subsequently cut.

In the 2006 NBA Development League draft, the Fort Worth Flyers picked Burleson as the fourth overall pick in the first round.[5] Burleson played for the Flyers for the 2006–07 season, then signed with the Turkish Basketball League team Mersin Büyükşehir Belediye for the 2007–2008 season.[6] In January 2009 he signed with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League the day after being traded from the Iowa Energy.[6][7] Burleson finished his career with the Romanian team CSU Asesoft Ploieşti.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Raley, Dan (September 13, 2006). "Burlesons are the first family of Seattle sports". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sonics sign Moore weeks after losing James". ESPN. August 31, 2005. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ Duff, Bob (October 18, 2010). "Lions’ Burleson proud of Canadian roots". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Kevin Burleson". Minnesota Golden Gophers. Archived from the original on November 2, 2003. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ 2006 D-League draft results
  6. ^ a b "Stampede sign former NBA player Kevin Burleson". KBOI-TV. January 29, 2009. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ Transactions, D-League, 2008-09 Archived 2015-12-19 at the Wayback Machine.
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