Atkins with the Denver Nuggets in 2007.
|Born||August 14, 1974|
|Listed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school|| Maynard Evans |
|College||South Florida (1992–1996)|
|NBA draft||1996 / Undrafted|
|1996–1997||La Crosse Bobcats|
|2004–2005||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2009||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|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.
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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.
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.
On September 22, 2009, Chucky Atkins was waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves.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 .
On September 27, 2010, Atkins signed with the Phoenix Suns. He was waived on October 11, 2010.
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.
|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|
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