November 21, 1964 |
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||All Hallows (The Bronx, New York)|
|NBA draft||1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Number||23, 0, 34, 30|
|1991–1992||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2001–2002||Las Vegas Slam|
|2002–2003||Grand Rapids Hoops|
|2003||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2004||Long Beach Jam|
|2005–2006||Los Angeles Aftershock|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||8,265 (7.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||7,110 (6.7 rpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Olden Polynice (born November 21, 1964) is a Haitian former professional basketball player. He played center for the Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, and Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
As a Freshman during the 1983-84 season, Polynice helped lead the UVA Cavaliers to the NCAA final four when they won the NCAA Eastern Region as the # 7 seed. UVA defeating the #10 seed Iona (58–57), the #2 seed Arkansas (53–51 in OT), the #3 seed Syracuse (63–55) and the #4 seed Indiana (50–48) en route to the final four. In the final four, UVA lost in overtime 49–47 to the Midwest Region Champion University of Houston denying UVA a chance at the National Championship game. As a Junior during the 1985–86 season, Polynice was honored for his play by being named first team All-ACC. Polynice left school after his junior season when he was dismissed from the team for stealing a Sony Walkman at Roses.
After three years in college and playing with Serie A's Hamby Rimini in 1986–87, he was selected 8th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 1987 NBA Draft, but was immediately traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Scottie Pippen. Polynice then arrived in Detroit in 1992 after being traded by the Los Angeles Clippers and departed two years later when he was traded to the Sacramento Kings for Pete Chilcutt and two draft picks.
In 15 NBA seasons, Polynice averaged 23.5 minutes, 7.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, with a career PER of 13.2. At 6'11", he was often signed by teams in need of a rebounder and interior player, and consistently ranked among the league leaders in offensive rebounds. Polynice retired from the NBA in 2004 after a brief return to the Clippers. He later played for the Los Angeles Aftershock of the ABA.
He now runs a basketball training camp called NextStar Basketball. His nephew Eniel Polynice, who went undrafted in 2011, currently plays for the Atleticos de San German in the BSN of Puerto Rico.
|1983–84||University of Virginia||33||26.2||.551||.588||5.6||0.6||0.1||0.5||7.7|
|1984–85||University of Virginia||32||34.2||.603||.599||7.6||0.5||0.4||1.1||13.0|
|1985–86||University of Virginia||30||35.8||.572||.637||8.0||0.5||0.3||1.1||16.1|
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