|No. 7, 12, 17, 13|
October 9, 1970 |
Queens, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||168 lb (76 kg)|
|High school||Archbishop Molloy
(New York City, New York)
|College||Georgia Tech (1989–1991)|
|NBA Draft||1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the New Jersey Nets|
|1991–1996||New Jersey Nets|
|1996–1998||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2003||New Orleans Hornets|
|2005||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2005–2006||Žalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||10,789 (12.6 ppg)|
|Assists||5,196 (6.1 apg)|
|Steals||1,258 (1.5 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Kenneth "Kenny" Anderson (born October 9, 1970) is a retired American basketball player. After a college career at Georgia Institute of Technology, he played point guard professionally from 1991 to 2006, mostly in the National Basketball Association.
Anderson was born in Queens, New York. As a 16-year-old high school sophomore, the LeFrak City, Queens native who attended academic and athletic powerhouse Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, was considered one of the best basketball prospects in America. Collegiate recruiters began scouting Anderson in sixth grade and he was on the front page of the New York City sports section when he was 14. By the end of his high school career, he was a three-time Parade All-American, a feat not accomplished since Lew Alcindor, and the first player to be named All-City four times. In addition, he was a McDonald's All-American, Gatorade's high school player of the year, and named Player of the Year by the New York State Sportswriters Association. He was named New York State Mr. Basketball by the New York State Coaches Organization and Parade, Naismith, and USA Today player of the year. Despite his coach, Jack Curran, benching him for the first quarter of all of his games during his freshman year at Molloy, Anderson set the all-time state record for scoring in New York, with 2,621 points. This record stood until 2004, when Lincoln High School guard Sebastian Telfair eclipsed the mark late in his senior season.
Anderson played two years for Georgia Tech as the team's starting point guard, helping lead the team to the Final Four in 1990, along with swingmen Dennis Scott and Brian Oliver. The trio was nicknamed "Lethal Weapon 3."  Anderson's shot at the end of regulation during Round 16 forced overtime versus favored Michigan State, with the Yellow Jackets pulling away. Georgia Tech's tournament run ended versus eventual champion UNLV in the Final Four.
With Scott and Oliver gone after that season, Anderson averaged nearly 26 points a game. Georgia Tech secured a #8 seed for the NCAA Tournament, where they lost in the second round to Ohio State. Soon after, Anderson announced that he would forgo his last two years of eligibility to enter the NBA Draft.
Anderson was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the second pick in the 1991 NBA Draft. He was the youngest player in the league at that time. He averaged seven points, two rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. In Anderson's second season he nearly doubled his point, rebound, and assist averages. In his third season, he averaged 18.8 ppg and 9.6 apg. Anderson and teammate Derrick Coleman represented the East squad in the 1994 NBA All-Star Game. He was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in 1996.
Anderson has played for the Nets, Hornets (including both Charlotte and New Orleans franchises), Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics and the Indiana Pacers, and split a season for the Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers.
In 1998, Portland traded Anderson to the Toronto Raptors for Damon Stoudamire, but he refused to report to the team because he did not want to play in Canada. The Raptors traded him to the Celtics for Chauncey Billups.
Anderson was raised by his mother, Joan, and did not meet his father until he was in his thirties. He has two sisters, Sandra and Danielle. He was poor growing up, but Anderson says that being able to provide for his mother was an inspiration for him to become a professional basketball player. In October 2005, his mother died from a heart attack.
Anderson is the father of seven children, by five women. He became a father of a daughter while attending Georgia Tech. He had a relationship with Dee Dee Roper, better known as DJ Spinderella of the rap group Salt-n-Pepa, and the two have a daughter together. He was married to Tami Roman, who has appeared on the reality series Basketball Wives. They have two daughters, and have divorced. Anderson met his third wife, Natasha, during the 2004 playoffs, and they married in 2007. Anderson and Natasha are raising his son Kenny Jr. and her daughter.
In 2008, Anderson made a TV appearance on Pros vs Joes.
In August 2011, Anderson took the position of basketball coach at the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Davie, Florida. In May 2013, following a DUI arrest, the school indicated that they would not renew his contract.
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