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Olden Polynice
Personal information
Born (1964-11-21) November 21, 1964 (age 53)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Nationality Haitian
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school All Hallows (The Bronx, New York)
College Virginia (1983–1986)
NBA draft 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career 1987–2006
Position Center
Number 23, 0, 34, 30
Career history
1986–1987 Hamby Rimini
19871991 Seattle SuperSonics
1991–1992 Los Angeles Clippers
19921994 Detroit Pistons
19941998 Sacramento Kings
1999 Seattle SuperSonics
19992001 Utah Jazz
2001–2002 Las Vegas Slam
2002–2003 Grand Rapids Hoops
2003 Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs
2003 Gary Steelheads
2003 Los Angeles Clippers
2004 Long Beach Jam
2004–2005 Michigan Mayhem
2005–2006 Los Angeles Aftershock
Career NBA statistics
Points 8,265 (7.8 ppg)
Rebounds 7,110 (6.7 rpg)
Stats at

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).


After graduating from All Hallows High School in the Bronx, Polynice played college basketball at the University of Virginia.

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.

Upon retiring, Polynice served as coach for the ABA's Long Beach Breakers. In 1997, still active, he worked as a color commentator for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs.

He now runs a basketball training camp called NextStar Basketball.[1] His nephew Eniel Polynice, who went undrafted in 2011, currently plays for the Atleticos de San German in the BSN of Puerto Rico.[2]

College Statistics[edit]

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
Career 95 31.9 .578 .612 7.0 0.5 0.3 0.9 12.1


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