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 45)
Orlando, Florida
NationalityAmerican
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Maynard Evans
(Orlando, Florida)
College South Florida (1992–1996)
NBA draft 1996 / Undrafted
Playing career1996–2010
Position Point guard
Number31, 7, 9, 32, 3, 12, 13, 17
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.

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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 LaCrosse Bobcats in the now-defunct CBA before going overseas to play for the Cibona Zagreb club in Croatia from 1997–1999.

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).

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.

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.

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 Memphis.

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]

In 2019, Atkins came to the aid of ailing rocker Tony Mills, organizing a fund-raising festival in his honor and for his benefit. Atkins had previously been turned on to Mills' music by former teammate Chauncey Billups. [7]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GPGames 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

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1999–00 Orlando 82019.8.424.350.7291.53.7.6.09.5
2000–01 Detroit 817529.2.399.357.6922.14.1.8.112.0
2001–02 Detroit 796228.9.466.411.6922.03.3.9.112.1
2002–03 Detroit 65721.5.361.355.8161.52.7.4.17.1
2003–04 Detroit 40018.8.374.323.7211.22.4.5.06.2
2003–04 Boston 242433.0.418.351.7781.95.31.1.012.0
2004–05 L.A. Lakers 828235.4.426.387.8032.44.4.9.013.6
2005–06 Washington 28219.7.379.359.7101.62.5.5.06.7
2005–06 Memphis 433927.0.401.352.8111.73.0.7.111.4
2006–07 Memphis 752327.5.434.379.8101.94.6.7.113.2
2007–08 Denver 24014.7.344.316.4441.32.0.4.04.7
2008–09 Denver 1408.2.333.2941.000.42.0.1.11.9
2008–09 Oklahoma City 18016.6.291.250.9171.01.7.4.13.9
2009–10 Detroit 401116.1.363.301.926.72.3.4.04.0
Career69632524.9.412.364.7721.73.4.7.09.9

Playoffs

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2002 Detroit 101029.4.364.359.7652.43.4.6.111.3
2003 Detroit 17318.4.352.367.8081.21.51.0.06.1
2004 Boston 4433.3.436.300.8953.53.8.8.013.5
2006 Memphis 4425.8.405.364.625.83.0.5.09.8
2008 Denver 103.0.000.000.0001.0.0.0.0.0
Career362123.5.374.355.8001.72.4.8.08.6

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References

  1. "Nuggets trade Atkins, first-round pick to Thunder". nba.com. 7 January 2009. Archived from the original on 30 August 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  2. "Minnesota Acquires Wilkins and Atkins from Thunder". NBA.com. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  3. "Timberwolves Waive Guard Chucky Atkins". nba.com. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  4. "Chucky Atkins". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  5. "Veteran Chucky Atkins waived by Suns". ESPN. October 11, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  6. Chucky Atkins out as Evans basketball coach
  7. http://blackswan-musicschool.com/tony_mills_festival