Kiki Vandeweghe

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Kiki VanDeWeghe
Kiki Vandeweghe.jpg
VanDeWeghe in 2016
Personal information
Born (1958-08-01) August 1, 1958 (age 58)
Wiesbaden, West Germany
Nationality American / Canadian
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Palisades (Los Angeles, California)
College UCLA (1976–1980)
NBA draft 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Playing career 1980–1993
Position Small forward
Number 55
Career history
As player:
19801984 Denver Nuggets
19841989 Portland Trail Blazers
1989–1992 New York Knicks
1992–1993 Los Angeles Clippers
As coach:
2009–2010 New Jersey Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 15,980 (19.7 ppg)
Rebounds 2,785 (3.4 rpg)
Assists 1,668 (2.1 apg)
Stats at

Ernest Maurice "Kiki" VanDeWeghe III (born August 1, 1958) is an American basketball executive, currently the vice-president of basketball operations of the National Basketball Association (NBA). VanDeWeghe is a retired professional basketball player and was formerly general manager of the Denver Nuggets and the New Jersey Nets, and a head coach of the Nets.

VanDeWeghe was born in Wiesbaden, West Germany, the son of former NBA player Ernie Vandeweghe and Colleen Kay Hutchins, the winner of the 1952 Miss America pageant. He is also the nephew of another NBA player, four-time All-Star Mel Hutchins. He has a niece, Coco Vandeweghe, who is a professional tennis player. VanDeWeghe and his wife Peggy have one son, Ernest Maurice VanDeWeghe IV, born in 2002.

As a player, VanDeWeghe was regarded as an excellent scorer and outside shooter, averaging 20 points for seven consecutive seasons. His offensive repertoire was essentially limited to a single move, the stepback, but he was so proficient at this lone move that it was often referred to as the "Kiki Move" toward the end of his career.[1] VanDeWeghe's teams qualified for the NBA playoffs in 12 of his 13 seasons in the league, although none of his teams ever won the NBA championship.

Collegiate basketball career[edit]

VanDeWeghe played four seasons at UCLA, culminating in a senior season in which expectations for the Bruins were lower than in previous seasons. The team was coming off a season in which they lost three starters, David Greenwood, Roy Hamilton, and Brad Holland to the NBA as first-round draft picks. Also, the Bruins had a new coach, Larry Brown, who was coaching a collegiate team for the first time. Replacing this talent were some mainly unknown freshman, namely "Rocket" Rod Foster, Michael Holton, and Darren Daye, along with sophomore Mike Sanders. VanDeWeghe and James Wilkes were the lone seniors. The team was sluggish at the first, but jelled toward the end and finished the regular season 17-9. The Bruins, dubbed "Kiki and the Kids", were the 48th and final team selected to participate in the 1979–80 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. With VanDeWeghe leading the way, the Bruins made it all the way to the final, upsetting #1 DePaul and Mark Aguirre on the way. In the final, the Bruins lost to the University of Louisville led by Darrell Griffith.

NBA career (as player)[edit]

VanDeWeghe was drafted 11th overall in the 1980 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks, but refused to play for Dallas and demanded a trade (for virtually the remainder of his career, he was subjected to boos whenever he played in Dallas). He got his wish, and was traded to the Nuggets on December 3 of that same year. As a member of the Nuggets, VanDeWeghe was twice selected to the NBA Western Conference All-Star team, in 1983 and 1984. He was second in scoring in 1983, averaging 26.7 points, and 3rd in 1984 with a career-high 29.4 points.

During the 1983–84 Nuggets season, VanDeWeghe scored 50 or more points in two NBA record-setting games. The former game, on December 13, 1983, in which he had a career-high 51 points, is also the highest combined scoring game in NBA history, a 186-184 triple-overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons.[2] VanDeWeghe subsequently had 50 points in another high-scoring game, this one a 163-155 win over the San Antonio Spurs on January 11, 1984 (at the time, the highest combined scoring NBA regulation game of all time).[3]

In the summer of 1984, VanDeWeghe was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Calvin Natt, Wayne Cooper, Fat Lever, and two draft picks. VanDeWeghe had several productive seasons in Portland, where he averaged nearly 25 points a game. He paired with Clyde Drexler to form a dynamic scoring duo. However, during the 1987–88 season, VanDeWeghe suffered a back injury and lost his starting job to Jerome Kersey. He was traded the next year to the New York Knicks (where his father played his entire career), with whom he played for several years. He then played half a season with the Los Angeles Clippers before retiring from the league after the 1992–93 season.

NBA front office management career[edit]

VanDeWeghe initially had a front-office role with the Dallas Mavericks, where he was instrumental in the development of Dirk Nowitzki. During his time in Dallas, VanDeWeghe also briefly served as an assistant head coach. On August 9, 2001, VanDeWeghe was named to the Nuggets' general manager position and oversaw a return by the Nuggets to the NBA playoffs. Major moves by VanDeWeghe included the drafting of Carmelo Anthony in 2003, the trade for Marcus Camby in 2002 and the hiring of George Karl as head coach in 2005. However, some other moves by VanDeWeghe backfired outright or failed to produce the desired returns, such as the drafting of draft bust Nikoloz Tskitishvili in 2002 and the sign-and-trade deal with the New Jersey Nets to acquire Kenyon Martin at the end of the 2003–04 season. Shortly following a first-round playoff elimination at the hands of the Clippers in the 2006 playoffs, the Nuggets announced that VanDeWeghe's contract would not be renewed.

He spent 2006–07 as an NBA analyst for ESPN, appearing on the channel's SportsCenter and NBA Shootaround programs, among others. However, on December 31, 2007, the Nets announced that VanDeWeghe would join the team as a special assistant to team president and general manager Rod Thorn. VanDeWeghe replaced Ed Stefanski, who left the Nets to join the Philadelphia 76ers earlier in the month. Stefanski replaced Billy King as the 76ers' general manager.

On December 1, 2009, VanDeWeghe agreed to assume duties as interim head coach of the Nets while continuing to be general manager of the team (although assistant coach Tom Barrise served as head coach for their December 2 game). VanDeWeghe replaced Lawrence Frank as head coach after the Nets started the 2009–10 season with 16 consecutive losses. VanDeWeghe hired Del Harris as an assistant, who was to be his "virtual co-coach",[4] though he resigned midway through the season on February 2, 2010.[5] Harris resigned after he learned that a possible side deal that he had made with VanDeWeghe to become head coach had failed.[6]

After Nets ownership changed hands, Mikhail Prokhorov announced that VanDeWeghe would not return the following season.

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
New Jersey 2009–10 64 12 52 .188 5th in Atlantic Missed playoffs
Career 64 12 52 .188


  1. ^ Nelson, Glenn (November 13, 1990). "Sonics Face Knick Nemesis — Mcdaniel's Challenge: Stop New York's Revitalized Kiki VanDeWeghe". Seattle Times. Retrieved December 8, 2009. 
  2. ^ Maxwell, John. "Highest Scoring Game Ever". The Official Site of the Detroit Pistons. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets Box Score, January 11, 1984". Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Stein, Marc (December 1, 2009). "GM VanDeWeghe to coach winless Nets". Retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Loyer to replace Harris as lead assistant". 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  6. ^ "Report: Del Harris says Nets failed to keep their coaching promise". 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 

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