Rich Kelley

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Rich Kelley
Personal information
Born (1953-03-23) March 23, 1953 (age 63)
San Mateo, California
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Woodside (Woodside, California)
College Stanford (1972–1975)
NBA draft 1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the New Orleans Jazz
Playing career 1975–1986
Position Center / Power forward
Number 53, 44, 50
Career history
19751979 New Orleans Jazz
1979–1980 New Jersey Nets
19801982 Phoenix Suns
1982–1983 Denver Nuggets
19831985 Utah Jazz
1985–1986 Sacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 6,199 (7.6 ppg)
Rebounds 5,678 (7.0 rpg)
Assists 2,092 (2.6 apg)
Stats at

Richard Ryland Kelley (born March 23, 1953) is a retired American basketball player.

A center/power forward, a graduate of Woodside High School, Kelley played college basketball for Stanford.

The 7-foot, 235-pound[1] Kelley was drafted as an underclassman in the second round of the 1974 ABA Draft by the New York Nets, but he opted to stay in college for another year.[2] The following season Kelley was drafted by the New Orleans Jazz in the first round of the 1975 NBA draft and by the Memphis Sounds in the second round of the 1975 ABA Draft.[3]

In the NBA Kelley played for the New Orleans Jazz/Utah Jazz (1975–79 and 1983–85), New Jersey Nets (1979–80), Phoenix Suns (1980–82), Denver Nuggets (1982–83) and Sacramento Kings (1985–86).

He helped the Suns win the 1980–81 NBA Pacific Division and the Jazz win the 1983–84 NBA Midwest Division.

He currently ranks 94th on the NBA's career offensive rebounds list (1,872).

In 11 seasons he played in 814 games and played 17,711 minutes, a 48.8 field goal percentage (2,166 for 4,435), 78.3 free throw percentage (1,867 for 2,384), 5,678 total rebounds (1,872 offensive, 3,806 defensive), 2,092 assists, 694 steals, 749 blocked shots, 2,613 personal fouls and 6,199 points.

He played for the US national team in the 1974 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.[4]

After retirement, he earned an MBA at Stanford. He is a co-founder of Search Fund Partners, having started the firm in 2004. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of San Francisco Legal, Avadyne Health, HemaSource, Verengo, H&R Accounts, Asset Recovery Corporation and Medical Positioning, Inc.

Kelley has been involved in numerous small businesses and start-up companies as an operator, owner, and investor. His varied experience includes: CFO of SCORE! Educational Centers, CEO of San Jose Giants, General Partner of the Stanford Terrace Inn, developer of houses and subdivisions, owner of office buildings, investor in successful tech start-ups (Coinstar, PLX Technology, Corcept Therapeutics). He has also invested in many limited partnerships, including venture funds, and has been involved as a search fund investor since 1994.


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