Kenyon Martin

Kenyon Lee Martin (born December 30, 1977) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA, and the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of China. The 6'9" power forward played college basketball for Cincinnati before being drafted with the first overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. Kenyon would join Trilogy of the BIG3 Basketball League; Trilogy would go on to be the league's inaugural champions.

Kenyon Martin
Kenyon Martin Nuggets
Martin with the Nuggets in 2011
Personal information
BornDecember 30, 1977 (age 41)
Saginaw, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High schoolBryan Adams (Dallas, Texas)
CollegeCincinnati (1996–2000)
NBA draft2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career2000–2015
PositionPower forward
Number2, 3, 4,5, 6
Career history
20002004New Jersey Nets
20042011Denver Nuggets
2011Xinjiang Flying Tigers
2012Los Angeles Clippers
20132014New York Knicks
2015Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points9,325 (12.3 ppg)
Rebounds5,159 (6.8 rpg)
Assists1,439 (1.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early years

Martin was born in Saginaw, Michigan on December 30, 1977 to Lydia Moore, a single mother of two. He has a sister, Tamara, who is 3 1/2 years older. Shortly after, the family moved south to the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, where she worked two jobs. Later, Kenyon was often watched by his sister while their mother worked.[1]

He stuttered as a child, and attended three high schools in four years, but he sought refuge in sports, playing basketball, baseball, and football. In high school, many major universities showed interest in his basketball prowess, but the University of Cincinnati and assistant coach John Loyer recruited him hardest after seeing him play AAU ball after his junior year. He graduated from Bryan Adams High School in Dallas in 1996 (he was named to the school's hall of fame in 2009).[2]

College career

He went to the University of Cincinnati and played for the Cincinnati Bearcats under the direction of head coach Bob Huggins. He was homesick early in his freshman year and actually took a bus back home to Dallas. But his mother, as well as his older sister, who by then were working two jobs and attending college, steered him to return to finish college.[2]

By the time he was a junior, he led Cincinnati to a 27-6 record and was named second-team All-Conference USA and, in the summer following, he led the U.S. team to the gold medal in the World University Games, leading the team in scoring and rebounding.

As a senior in 1999–2000, he averaged 18.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game during a season in which the Bearcats were ranked #1 for 12 weeks. That season, he recorded his second triple double with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 blocks vs. Memphis (in 1997, he recorded 24/23/10 vs. DePaul). Martin was the consensus National Player of the Year, earning numerous awards from various organizations, and the team was ranked #1 in the nation at the conclusion of the regular season. However, Martin suffered a broken leg three minutes into the Bearcats' first game of the Conference USA Tournament, keeping him out of the NCAA Tournament that year. The team finished with a record of 29-4.

He remains the Bearcats' all-time leader in career blocked shots (292) and field goal percentage (.586). Cincinnati retired his #4 jersey on April 25, 2000. Later that year, Martin was selected first overall in the 2000 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. Martin is currently the last American-born college senior to have been the top overall pick.

Martin graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.[3]

Professional career

New Jersey Nets

As a rookie for the New Jersey Nets, Martin averaged 12 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and finished second in voting for NBA Rookie of the Year. In his second season, Martin averaged 14.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks per game in helping the Nets rise from last place in the Atlantic Division to an Eastern Conference title and the best season to date in the Nets' NBA history. Along with Jason Kidd, Kerry Kittles, Keith Van Horn and Richard Jefferson, Martin led the Nets to the 2002 NBA Finals, where they were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers. In his third season Martin again helped his team into the NBA finals, where the Nets lost in six games to the San Antonio Spurs. The next year, Martin averaged 16.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks en route to his first NBA All-Star selection, as a backup forward for the Eastern Conference All-Stars. In the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, Martin scored 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 3 assists.

Martin and teammate Alonzo Mourning almost fought when Martin mocked Mourning's life-threatening kidney disease.[4] Martin later admitted that he had made a mistake and apologized to Mourning. On an episode of the Scoop B Radio Podcast, Martin told Brandon Scoop B Robinson that Mourning thought that Martin should have been working as hard as he was in morning shootarounds, but he was never a shootaround guy. [5] Martin now participates in Mourning's annual charity basketball game (see below "Off the court").

Denver Nuggets

Kenyon Martin over Dirk Nowitzki
Kenyon Martin shooting over Dirk Nowitzki

At the end of the 2003–04 season, Martin was traded to the Denver Nuggets for three future first-round draft picks in a sign-and-trade deal.

Martin played in 70 games during the 2004–05 season, averaging 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds; however, a problem with his knee was detected shortly into the off-season, and on May 16, 2005, Kenyon underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee.

During the 2005–06 season, Martin missed 26 games due to knee tendinitis, but was able to return in time for the playoffs. During that playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Martin was suspended from the Denver Nuggets indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team."[6] During halftime of game two of the first round series, Martin got into an argument with head coach George Karl over his playing time, and refused to play for the second half of the game. During the offseason, Karl and Martin apparently "patched things up."[7]

Believing injuries were behind him, Martin learned the swelling now occurring in his right knee would require another microfracture procedure. On November 15, 2006, after playing two regular season games, Martin underwent his second knee operation in less than two years.[8] Martin is believed to be the first NBA player to have, and to return from, microfracture surgery on both knees.[9]

Martin was fined $15,000 by the NBA when, during the third quarter of a 2006 game against the Chicago Bulls, Martin as well as some of his friends got into a verbal altercation with some fans. He was also cautioned to no longer bring his entourage to games.[10][11]

To symbolize a fresh start to his career, Kenyon changed his uniform number from 6 to the number 4, which he wore in college, for the 2007–08 season.[12]

Xinjiang Flying Tigers

Martin became an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2011; however, due to the 2011 NBA lockout, he opted to sign a one-year contract with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. His contract reportedly would have made him the highest paid player in the Chinese league's history.[13][14] On December 24, 2011, Martin was released from the club so that he could "take care of family affairs".[15] Martin was initially not allowed to return to the NBA until the Flying Tigers' season ended on February 15, 2012, if not later due to the 2012 CBA Playoffs. However, the FIBA granted him an earlier release on February 2.[16]

Los Angeles Clippers

On February 3, 2012, Martin signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.[17] In his first game with the Clippers, Martin scored 6 points and collected four rebounds in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

New York Knicks

On February 21, 2013, Martin agreed to join the New York Knicks on a 10-day contract, which reunited him with Jason Kidd.[18] He officially joined the team on February 23.[19] He was signed to a second 10-day contract on March 5,[20] and signed for the remainder of the season on March 15.[21] Upon his signing, he provided a large amount of help to a Knicks team that was depleted in the frontcourt, replacing Tyson Chandler, who was out with a neck injury, in the Knicks' starting lineup. On July 25, 2013, Martin re-signed with the Knicks for the 2013–14 season.[22]

Milwaukee Bucks

On January 9, 2015, Martin signed a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.[23] He went on to sign a second 10-day contract on January 19,[24] and a rest-of-season contract on January 29.[25] On February 19, 2015, he was waived by the Bucks.[26]

On July 3, 2015, Martin announced his retirement from professional basketball.[27]

Philanthropic endeavours

Martin is the half-brother of former Colorado Buffaloes shooting guard Richard Roby. He is also the cousin of Robert "50" Martin of AND1 Mixtape Tour fame.

Martin started The Kenyon Martin Foundation[28] to provide for families in need, especially those without a father figure in their lives. According to the foundation's website, organizations receiving grants (many in the Denver and Dallas areas) include All for One and One for All, American Institute for Stuttering, Bryan Adams High School (his alma mater), Colorado HAWKS (Hard At Work Kids) to "create an opportunity and an alternative to gangs for at-risk, disadvantaged youth", The Children's Museum of Denver, Denver Rescue Mission, Ludacris Foundation Helping Youth Help Themselves initiative, SafeHaven of Tarrant County domestic violence shelter for women, The Salvation Army, The Bridge Project, Third Way Center "providing mental health treatment in a residential setting for troubled teens", and Warren Village that helps "low-income single-parent families achieve sustainable personal and economic self-sufficiency." The foundation also runs the Hoops for Kids Basketball camp.

He has been active in support of non-profit The Stuttering Foundation of America since 2005, and in 2008 he was a recipient of the Freeing Voices, Changing Lives Leadership Award from the American Institute for Stuttering, for which he serves on the board of directors. He has served as honorary Ambassador for the March of Dimes Colorado Chapter to raise awareness about premature birth. He plays in the annual The Summer Groove in Miami, a charity event benefitting Alonzo Mourning Charities and Dwyane Wade's World Foundation. He also supports Special Olympics.

Martin has also been involved in philanthropic activities including donating $1,000 for each point and blocked shot in two games for the Asian tsunami relief efforts, buying the occasional home game ticket for less financially fortunate fans, and participating in number of campaigns like "Eat Right" and "Art of Sport."[29]

Career statistics

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 Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000–01 New Jersey 68 68 33.4 .445 .091 .630 7.4 1.9 1.1 1.7 12.0
2001–02 New Jersey 73 73 34.3 .463 .224 .678 5.3 2.6 1.2 1.7 14.9
2002–03 New Jersey 77 77 34.1 .470 .209 .653 8.3 2.4 1.3 .9 16.7
2003–04 New Jersey 65 62 34.6 .488 .280 .684 9.5 2.5 1.5 1.3 16.7
2004–05 Denver 70 67 32.5 .490 .000 .646 7.3 2.4 1.4 1.1 15.5
2005–06 Denver 56 49 27.6 .495 .227 .712 6.3 1.4 .8 .9 12.9
2006–07 Denver 2 2 31.5 .500 .000 .250 10.0 .5 .0 .0 9.5
2007–08 Denver 71 71 30.4 .538 .182 .580 6.5 1.3 1.2 1.2 12.4
2008–09 Denver 66 66 32.0 .491 .368 .604 6.0 2.0 1.5 1.1 11.7
2009–10 Denver 58 58 34.2 .456 .276 .557 9.4 1.9 1.2 1.1 11.5
2010–11 Denver 48 48 25.7 .511 .222 .583 6.2 2.3 .9 .7 8.6
2011–12 L.A. Clippers 42 0 22.4 .441 .231 .370 4.3 .4 1.0 1.0 5.2
2012–13 New York 18 11 23.9 .602 - .425 5.3 .4 .9 .9 7.2
2013–14 New York 32 15 19.8 .512 .000 .579 4.2 1.6 .8 .8 4.3
2014–15 Milwaukee 11 0 9.5 .409 - 1.000 1.7 .5 .5 .5 1.8
Career 757 667 30.6 .483 .234 .629 6.8 1.9 1.2 1.1 12.3
All-Star 1 0 23.0 .800 .000 .500 7.0 3.0 .0 .0 17.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002 New Jersey 20 20 37.5 .424 .222 .691 5.8 2.9 1.2 1.3 16.8
2003 New Jersey 20 20 38.9 .453 .091 .693 9.4 2.9 1.5 1.6 18.9
2004 New Jersey 11 11 37.2 .533 .000 .750 11.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 19.1
2005 Denver 5 5 32.8 .466 .000 .615 5.6 1.2 1.0 1.0 12.4
2006 Denver 2 0 17.5 .308 - .500 4.5 .5 2.0 1.0 4.5
2008 Denver 4 4 29.5 .441 - .625 6.3 1.3 1.0 .5 8.8
2009 Denver 16 16 33.6 .497 .200 .657 5.9 2.1 1.1 .9 10.9
2010 Denver 6 6 34.2 .480 .000 .632 8.3 1.3 1.5 1.2 10.0
2011 Denver 5 5 29.6 .480 - .611 7.8 1.6 .4 .4 11.8
2012 L.A. Clippers 11 0 17.5 .524 - .625 3.2 .3 .4 1.7 4.5
2013 New York 12 1 21.1 .580 - .550 4.5 .9 .8 1.4 5.8
Career 112 88 32.0 .470 .129 .679 6.8 1.8 1.1 1.2 12.9

CBA career statistics

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Xinjiang Flying Tigers 12 11 29.9 .521 .000 .613 9.7 1.8 0.8 0.6 13.9

See also

  • Map of USA and Canada, NBA, zoom.svg National Basketball Association portal

References

  1. ^ Serby, Steve (April 20, 2013). "Serby's Saturday Q & A with... Kenyon Martin". NYPOST.com. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Martin's will not broken".
  3. ^ "Sports Law Blog". Sports-law.blogspot.com. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  4. ^ ESPN - Retirement necessary after three-year battle - NBA
  5. ^ "Kenyon Martin Once Told Alonzo Mourning: 'worry about your own mother f****** kids' during altercation In Nets Practice". RESPECT Magazine. September 5, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  6. ^ Martin suspended : Nuggets : The Rocky Mountain News
  7. ^ "Kenyon Martin needs another knee surgery". USA Today. November 16, 2006.
  8. ^ Surgery benches Martin for season
  9. ^ NBA Microfracture History
  10. ^ Sports Law Blog
  11. ^ "Dino Costa – Tag Story Index – USATODAY.com". USA Today. October 16, 2008.
  12. ^ Spears, Marc J. (August 8, 2007). "Martin confident he'll play in opener". Denver Post.
  13. ^ Hochman, Benjamin (September 22, 2011). "Nuggets' Kenyon Martin to sign largest contract in Chinese league's history". The Denver Post. Archived from the original on September 25, 2011. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  14. ^ "Kenyon Martin to ink Chinese league's biggest deal ever". AOL Sporting News. Sporting News. September 26, 2011. Archived from the original on September 26, 2011. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  15. ^ Kenyon, we hardly knew ye
  16. ^ Shelburne, Ramona (February 2, 2012). "Source: Clippers interested in Martin". ESPNLosAngeles.com. Archived from the original on February 3, 2012.
  17. ^ CLIPPERS SIGN KENYON MARTIN
  18. ^ Martin & Knicks Agree To Terms, The Latest On The Deal
  19. ^ Knicks sign Kenyon Martin to 10-day contract
  20. ^ Knicks sign Kenyon Martin to second 10-day contract
  21. ^ Knicks Sign Martin For Remainder Of Season Archived March 18, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Veteran forward Martin re-signs with Knicks
  23. ^ "Bucks Sign Kenyon Martin to a 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  24. ^ Bucks Sign Martin to Second 10-Day Contract
  25. ^ Bucks Sign Martin for Remainder of Season
  26. ^ "Bucks Acquire Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee in Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  27. ^ Kenyon Martin: I'm retiring from professional basketball
  28. ^ Kenyon Martin Foundation. "Kenyon Martin Foundation web site". Archived from the original on January 14, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  29. ^ "Kenyon Martin Bio Page". NBA.com. December 30, 1977. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012.

External links

1999–2000 Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball team

The 1999–00 Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball team represented University of Cincinnati as a member of Conference USA during the 1999–2000 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The head coach was Bob Huggins.

1999–2000 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 1999–2000 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 11, 1999, with the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2000 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 3, 2000, at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.

2000 NBA draft

The 2000 NBA draft was held on June 28, 2000 at the Target Center in Minneapolis. It was the last draft held at the home arena of an NBA team until 2011; the following and subsequent drafts (through 2010) all took place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City (though Madison Square Garden itself is the home of the New York Knicks, they do not play in the theater). As of 2019, it is also the last NBA draft where a college senior would be selected as the top selection of the draft.

The 2000 draft is considered one of the worst in NBA history. To date, only top pick Kenyon Martin, first-rounder Jamaal Magloire (19th pick overall), and second-rounder Michael Redd (43rd pick overall) have played in the NBA All-Star Game (each only making the team one time). In addition, only one player made an All-NBA Team (Redd, whose sole appearance was on the third team in 2004); only three players in the draft class have won a major end-of-season award (Hedo Türkoğlu was named Most Improved Player in 2008, Mike Miller won both the NBA Rookie of the Year and NBA Sixth Man of the Year awards in 2001 and 2006 respectively, and Jamal Crawford was named 3x NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2010, 2014 and 2016); and few draft selections have enjoyed extended careers in the NBA.

Sports Illustrated named this entire draft class (as opposed to individual players) the 6th biggest bust of the modern era – making it the only draft class among the site's top 20 list. Just before the 2009 draft, ESPN.com columnist David Schoenfield wrote a piece in which he rated all of the drafts since the institution of the draft lottery in 1985, and the only draft which he gave the lowest possible grade of "F" was the 2000 draft. Using the WARP (wins above replacement player) metric, the 2000 NBA draft class collectively produced at a rate of 17.3 wins worse than a group of "average replacement players", effectively making 2000 the only draft class in NBA history to leave the NBA talent pool worse off than it had been prior to the given year's rookie draft.

2000 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The Consensus 2000 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The Sporting News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

2000–01 NBA season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the 55th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning their second straight championship, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 4 games to 1 in the 2001 NBA Finals.

2000–01 New Jersey Nets season

The 2000–01 New Jersey Nets season was the Nets' 34th season in the National Basketball Association, and 25th season in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Nets won the Draft Lottery and selected Kenyon Martin with the first overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft, while signing free agent Aaron Williams during the offseason. Under new head coach Byron Scott, the Nets got off to a 6–4 start, but then lost nine consecutive games while losing 17 of their next 20 games. Injuries limited Keith Van Horn to 49 games, and Kendall Gill to 31 games, while Kerry Kittles missed the entire season with a knee injury. The Nets lost their final six games finishing sixth in the Atlantic Division with a 26–56 record. Despite their struggles, Stephon Marbury averaged 23.9 points per game and was selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game. Following the season, he was traded along with Johnny Newman to the Phoenix Suns, Gill signed with the Miami Heat, rookie Stephen Jackson signed with the San Antonio Spurs and Sherman Douglas retired.

2001–02 New Jersey Nets season

The 2001–02 New Jersey Nets season was the Nets' 35th season in the National Basketball Association, and 26th season in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This season saw the Nets finishing first place in the Eastern Conference with 52 wins and 30 losses, their best record since joining the NBA after the ABA–NBA merger in 1976. As of 2017, this was the only season where the Nets won 50 or more games.

In the offseason, the Nets acquired All-Star point guard Jason Kidd from the Phoenix Suns. Kidd was credited for most of turn-around—the Nets had finished 26–56 the previous year—and finished second to the Spurs' Tim Duncan in MVP voting, and was selected for the 2002 NBA All-Star Game. The team also acquired rookie Richard Jefferson from the Houston Rockets.

Under Kidd's guidance, and some improvement from second-year star Kenyon Martin, the young Nets team prospered through the playoffs, and ended up advancing all the way to the Eastern Conference title and the franchise's first-ever appearance in the NBA Finals. In the first round, they defeated the Indiana Pacers in five games, then defeated the Charlotte Hornets four games to one in the semifinals. They then defeated the 3rd-seeded Boston Celtics four games to two in the Eastern Conference Finals. However, New Jersey's season would end without an improbable NBA crown, as Kidd and the Nets were swept in four games by the Los Angeles Lakers. Following the season, Keith Van Horn was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

2003 NBA Finals

The 2003 NBA Finals was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 2002–03 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs. The Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs played the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Nets for the title, with the Spurs holding home court advantage. The series was played under a best-of-seven format. The Spurs defeated the Nets to win the series 4–2. Spurs' forward Tim Duncan was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship series. The series was broadcast on U.S. television on ABC, with Brad Nessler, Bill Walton, and Tom Tolbert announcing.

The 2003 Finals documentary was narrated by Rodd Houston, who later narrated three other NBA Finals series.

This was the first NBA Finals since 1995 to use the traditional script font in its logo; in the intervening years, a more contemporary all-gold logo had been used with the Larry O'Brien Trophy, as well as the year and the series' name encompassed by an oval on a black background.

The series featured controversy about Tim Duncan getting a quadruple double in game 6. On Duncan's stat sheet, he had 21 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds, and 8 blocks. However, in the third quarter, there were two instances of Duncan potentially getting a block but they were not called. The first instance was of Duncan blocking a shot before the ball traveled out of bounds before another player touched it. A block was not called. The second instance came just 2 minutes later, with Duncan blocking another shot, this time with the ball not going out of bounds. However, the block was credited to David Robinson. Looking at the video of the block, Duncan's hand appears to touch the ball before Robinson's. As of 2017, no change has been made to the stat sheet, and Duncan was not credited with a quadruple double.

2003 NBA playoffs

The 2003 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2002–03 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs defeating the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Nets, 4 games to 2, in the NBA Finals. Tim Duncan was named NBA Finals MVP for the second time.

This postseason featured the most series decided by 6 games in NBA Playoff history.

This postseason is notable for being the first time since 1974 that all series were conducted in a best-of-seven format; From 1984 to 2002, the first-round series were best-of-five. It is also notable as the only time the conference quarterfinal round did not include any series sweeps.

This is the first time that the NBA Playoffs carried more games on cable television than regular broadcast television, and marks the debut for the NBA Playoffs to be aired on NBA TV, and the return broadcast on ESPN and ABC after the NBA departed from NBC and TBS.

The Detroit Pistons advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since the Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars-led team was swept by the Chicago Bulls in 1991, ending the Pistons' quest for a third consecutive title. The Pistons would go on to appear in six consecutive Eastern Conference Finals through 2008, the most consecutive appearances for any Eastern Conference team since the Bill Russell-led Boston Celtics (1956–69).

The Dallas Mavericks ended a long conference finals drought by making it there for the first time since 1988.

As of 2018, the 49-win Nets are the most recent NBA Finals participant to win fewer than 50 games in an 82-game season.

The Boston Celtics were swept in a postseason series for the first time since 1983.

2008–09 Denver Nuggets season

The 2008–09 Denver Nuggets season was the 42nd season of the franchise, 33rd in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They finished the regular season with 54 wins and 28 loses, the franchise's best record since 1987–88. In the playoffs, the Nuggets defeated New Orleans Hornets in five games in the first round; this series included a notable 58-point bludgeoning of the Hornets in Game 4. The Nuggets then defeated the Dallas Mavericks in five games in the Western Conference Semifinals to reach the Conference Finals for the first time since 1985, ending their streak of five straight first-round exits. However, the Nuggets lost to the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, ending their playoff run.As of May 2019, the Nuggets' six-game loss to the Lakers in the 2009 Western Conference Finals was the closest the team has ever come to reaching the NBA Finals.

2009–10 Denver Nuggets season

The 2009–10 Denver Nuggets season was the 43rd season of the franchise, its 34th in the National Basketball Association (NBA). After their trip the Conference Finals last season, the Nuggets started the season 35-18 before the All-Star break. Coach George Karl and Carmelo Anthony were the only Nuggets to represent the Western Conference in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. However, not long after the break, dark clouds gathered around the team as coach Karl was diagnosed with neck and throat cancer. Adrian Dantley took over and the team struggled in the second half of the season, finishing with a 53-29 record and earned the number 4 seed in the West. Denver's season ended in the first round with a defeat to the Utah Jazz in six games.

2010–11 Denver Nuggets season

The 2010–11 Denver Nuggets season was the 44th season of the franchise, its 35th in the National Basketball Association (NBA). After half a season of rumors and speculation, the Nuggets granted Carmelo Anthony his wish by trading him to the New York Knicks on February 21 as part of a three-team trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The blockbuster trade also sent Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman, Shelden Williams and Corey Brewer to the Knicks for Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, Kosta Koufos, New York's first round pick in the 2014 draft and Golden State's second round picks in 2012 and 2013. Minnesota received Denver's 2015 second round pick, Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph.

After the trade, Nuggets coach George Karl said, "I'm glad its over. I'm glad it's an opportunity to reinvent", expressing relief at the end of the months of speculation preceding the trade.

2012–13 New York Knicks season

The 2012–13 New York Knicks season was the 67th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They clinched a playoff berth on March 22, 2013, with a win over the Toronto Raptors, and clinched the Atlantic division title on April 9 against the Washington Wizards.

In the playoffs, the Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics in six games in the first round, before falling to the Indiana Pacers in the conference semifinals in six games.

This was the Knicks' first Atlantic division title since the 1993–94 season, their highest win total since the 1996–97 season, their first 50-win season as well as the first time they advanced past the first round since the 1999–2000 season.

As of 2019, the Knicks have not returned to the playoffs since this season.

2013–14 New York Knicks season

The 2013–14 New York Knicks season is the 68th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Knicks tried hard but came up short this season as they failed to make the playoffs, leaving the 2012-13 season to be the last time the Knicks qualified for the postseason.

Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are an American professional basketball team based in the borough of Brooklyn, in New York City. The Nets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home games at Barclays Center. They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City; the other is the New York Knicks. The team was established in 1967 as a charter franchise of the NBA's rival league, the American Basketball Association (ABA). They played in New Jersey as the New Jersey Americans during their first season, before moving to Long Island in 1968 and changing their name to the New York Nets. During this time, the Nets won two ABA championships (in 1974 and 1976). In 1976, the ABA merged with the NBA, and the Nets were absorbed into the NBA along with three other ABA teams (the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets, all of whom remain in the league today).

In 1977, the team returned to New Jersey and played as the New Jersey Nets from 1977 to 2012. During this time, the Nets won two consecutive Eastern Conference championships (in the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons), but failed to win a league title. In the summer of 2012, the team moved to Barclays Center, and took its current geographic name.

Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball

The Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball program represents the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school's team competes in NCAA Division I as part of the American Athletic Conference. The Bearcats are coached by John Brannen, who has been UC's head coach since 2019.

With over 1800 all-time wins, the Bearcats are one of the 15 winningest basketball programs of all-time. The school's merits include 2 National Titles, 6 Final Fours, and 33 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament appearances. As of 2019, Cincinnati has appeared in 9 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, and 23 of the last 28, with an all-time tournament record of 46–32. There have also been 42 All-American honors issued to Bearcats as well, while 34 have gone on to play in the NBA (4 were active as of the 2018-19 NBA season).

Cincinnati has been playing its home games since 1989 at Fifth Third Arena, which received an $87 million renovation for the 2018 season. The Bearcats played their 2017-18 season at BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky while their home arena was renovated. Cincinnati joined the original Big East Conference in 2005, which was rebranded as the American Athletic Conference (AAC) in 2013.

Conference USA Men's Basketball Player of the Year

The Conference USA Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to Conference USA's (C-USA) most outstanding player. The award was first given following C-USA's inaugural 1995–96 season. Two players have received the award multiple times: Danny Fortson (1996, 1997) and Steve Logan (2001, 2002). Coincidentally, both players attended the University of Cincinnati. Another Bearcat, Kenyon Martin, won the C-USA Player of the Year award the same season he was selected as the consensus National Player of the Year (2000).

Cincinnati and Memphis have the most awards, with five each; Memphis has the most individual winners, with all of its awards having been won by different players. However, neither school is currently a member of the conference. Due to C-USA having lost many members in both the 2005 and early-2010s conference realignment cycles, only five of its current 14 members have had a winner. The three current C-USA members with more than one winner are Charlotte, Louisiana Tech, and Middle Tennessee.

Jack Murphy (basketball)

Jack Murphy (born July 25, 1979) is an American basketball coach and associate head coach of the Arizona Wildcats of the NCAA. Previously, he had been an assistant at University of Memphis.

Prior to serving on the Memphis staff, Murphy was an advance scout and video coordinator for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Murphy served in several roles at Arizona from 1998 to 2006, beginning as a student manager and eventually moving to recruiting coordinator, video analyst, and director of operations. During this time, he worked with current Memphis head coach Josh Pastner on the staff of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson. In Murphy's time at Arizona, the Wildcats made eight straight NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the national championship game in 2001. Arizona also posted 20 or more wins in each of Murphy's eight years with the program.After being promoted to Director of Basketball Operations at Arizona in 2006, Murphy was hired by the Nuggets, where he provided scouting information on upcoming opponents, as well as organizing off-season workout sessions for players. During his time at Arizona and Denver, Murphy developed relationships with many current NBA stars, including Gilbert Arenas, Luke Walton, Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Marcus Camby, Chauncey Billups and Kenyon Martin.Murphy was hired by Memphis on June 3, 2009.On April 12, 2012, Murphy was announced as the new head coach at Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks were coming off a disastrous 2011–12 season which saw their head coach resign in December and ended with a 16-game losing streak.Murphy left Northern Arizona on June 2 to become the top assistant at his alma mater of Arizona, leaving NAU with a 78–149 record in 7 seasons. The Lumberjacks named assistant Burcar as interim head coach for the 2019–20 season.

List of U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards

This article lists U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards. Several different organizations sponsor an award for the nation's top player.

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