Chucky Atkins

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Chucky Atkins

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Atkins with the Denver Nuggets in 2007.
Personal information
Born (1974-08-14) August 14, 1974 (age 43)
Orlando, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Maynard Evans
(Orlando, Florida)
College South Florida (1992–1996)
NBA draft 1996 / Undrafted
Playing career 1996–2010
Position Point guard
Career history
1996–1997 La Crosse Bobcats
1997–1999 Cibona Zagreb
1999–2000 Orlando Magic
20002004 Detroit Pistons
2004 Boston Celtics
2004–2005 Los Angeles Lakers
2005–2006 Washington Wizards
20062007 Memphis Grizzlies
20072009 Denver Nuggets
2009 Oklahoma City Thunder
2009–2010 Detroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 6,863 (9.9 ppg)
Rebounds 1,186 (1.7 rpg)
Assists 2,396 (3.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Kenneth Lavon "Chucky" Atkins (born August 14, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player who played for nine different NBA teams throughout his career.

Basketball team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

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Basketball career

After playing four years (1992–1996) of college basketball at the University of South Florida, he was undrafted in the 1996 NBA draft. In 1996–97, he played with the now-defunct LaCrosse Bobcats in the CBA before going overseas to play for the Cibona Zagreb club in Croatia from 1997–1999.

University of South Florida public university in Tampa, Florida, United States

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Atkins started his NBA career in 1999 with the Orlando Magic, with immediate impact (all games played, averaging 9 points and four assists per game). He then played for the Detroit Pistons (being included in a July 2000 deal which brought Grant Hill to Orlando) and Boston Celtics (being traded midway through 2003–04 for Mike James, thus not appearing in the 2004 NBA Finals).

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In 2004, Atkins was traded in a multi-player deal which sent Gary Payton to Boston and Atkins to the Los Angeles Lakers. During 2004–05, he registered career-highs in points (14 ppg) and minutes (35), playing and starting in all 82 regular season contests.

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Atkins was traded along with Caron Butler to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Kwame Brown and Laron Profit in the 2005 offseason. As Atkins appeared sparingly throughout the season, the Wizards bought out the remainder of his contract on January 18, 2006. Atkins had voiced displeasure with the amount of playing time he was receiving, and he and the team both felt a change of scenery was needed.

Caron Butler American basketball player

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On January 23, 2006, Atkins signed as a free agent with the Memphis Grizzlies, replacing the injured Damon Stoudamire. Atkins averaged in double figures in his half-season stint in Tennessee.

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Atkins signed as a free agent on July 2007 with the Denver Nuggets. A hernia injury plagued him throughout most of the year, and he failed to have a significant impact in 2007–08.

On January 7, 2009, the Nuggets traded Atkins, along with a 2009 first round draft pick and cash considerations, to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Johan Petro and a 2009 second round draft pick. [1]

On July 27, 2009, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Damien Wilkins for center Etan Thomas and two future second-round draft picks. [2]

On September 22, 2009, Chucky Atkins was waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves. [3] He signed a non guaranteed contract with the Detroit Pistons on September 28, 2009. Atkins played 40 games for the Pistons in his second stint with them during the 2009–2010 season . [4]

On September 27, 2010, Atkins signed with the Phoenix Suns. He was waived on October 11, 2010. [5]

After retiring from the game in 2011, Atkins went on to coach his alum high school in 2012–13 and 2013–14 before quitting the job on the eve of the 2014–15 season after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence twice within three months. [6]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played  GS  Games started MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG  Points per game Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year TeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1999–00 Orlando 82 0 19.8 .424 .350 .729 1.5 3.7 .6 .0 9.5
2000–01 Detroit 81 75 29.2 .399 .357 .692 2.1 4.1 .8 .1 12.0
2001–02 Detroit 79 62 28.9 .466.411 .692 2.0 3.3 .9 .1 12.1
2002–03 Detroit 65 7 21.5 .361 .355 .816 1.5 2.7 .4 .1 7.1
2003–04 Detroit 40 0 18.8 .374 .323 .721 1.2 2.4 .5 .0 6.2
2003–04 Boston 24 24 33.0 .418 .351 .778 1.9 5.31.1 .0 12.0
2004–05 L.A. Lakers 828235.4 .426 .387 .803 2.4 4.4 .9 .0 13.6
2005–06 Washington 28 2 19.7 .379 .359 .710 1.6 2.5 .5 .0 6.7
2005–06 Memphis 43 39 27.0 .401 .352 .811 1.7 3.0 .7 .1 11.4
2006–07 Memphis 75 23 27.5 .434 .379 .810 1.9 4.6 .7 .1 13.2
2007–08 Denver 24 0 14.7 .344 .316 .444 1.3 2.0 .4 .0 4.7
2008–09 Denver 14 0 8.2 .333 .294 1.000 .4 2.0 .1 .1 1.9
2008–09 Oklahoma City 18 0 16.6 .291 .250 .917 1.0 1.7 .4 .1 3.9
2009–10 Detroit 40 11 16.1 .363 .301 .926 .7 2.3 .4 .0 4.0
Career 696 325 24.9 .412 .364 .772 1.7 3.4 .7 .0 9.9

Playoffs

Year TeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2002 Detroit 10 10 29.4 .364 .359 .765 2.4 3.4 .6 .1 11.3
2003 Detroit 17 3 18.4 .352 .367 .808 1.2 1.5 1.0 .0 6.1
2004 Boston 4 4 33.3.436 .300 .8953.53.8 .8 .0 13.5
2006 Memphis 4 4 25.8 .405 .364 .625 .8 3.0 .5 .0 9.8
2008 Denver 1 0 3.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 36 21 23.5 .374 .355 .800 1.7 2.4 .8 .0 8.6

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  6. Chucky Atkins out as Evans basketball coach