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Jerome Kersey
Position(s) Small forward
Jersey #(s) 7, 12, 25
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Born June 26, 1962 (1962-06-26) (age 47)
Clarksville, Virginia, USA
Career information
Year(s) 1984–2001
NBA Draft 1984 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
College Longwood
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA)
Points     11,825
Assists     2,135
Rebounds     6,339
Stats @
Career highlights and awards

Jerome Kersey (born June 26, 1962 in Clarksville, Virginia) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association for a number of teams, but most notably for the Portland Trail Blazers. He also has served in various coaching roles in the NBA.


College career

Kersey attended the then Longwood College, at the time a NCAA Division II school, where he set school records for points, rebounds, steals and blocked shots while making 57% of his baskets. As a senior, his rebounding average of 14.2 led all Division II players.[1] However, it was not until May 2006 that Kersey graduated from Longwood, having only needed two more college courses to graduate, for some years.[2]


Coming from a school that was not known as a basketball powerhouse, Kersey was selected in the second round of the 1984 NBA Draft (46th overall pick) by Portland. He was a regular contributor from the bench, eventually becoming a starter, and by his third year, he began to shine, even coming in second behind Michael Jordan in the NBA Slam-Dunk Competition.

The following season, 1987–88, was his best statistically, as he averaged 19.2 points and 8.3 rebounds. He became a starter and was part of the nucleus of a strong Portland team, along with Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Buck Williams, and Kevin Duckworth that made it to the NBA Finals two out of the next three years (in 1990 and 1992). However, in subsequent years Clifford Robinson would take his place and Kersey found himself spending more time on the bench. Despite the demotion, the Portland Trail Blazers continued to respect Kersey for his effort and energy whenever he was on the court.

By 1995, Portland had a glut of forwards, and he was left unprotected in that year's expansion draft, when he was selected by the Toronto Raptors, but they waived him before the 1995/96 season began.[3] He signed on with the Golden State Warriors, where he started 58 games. At the end of that calendar year, he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent, and he had a quite productive year, logging his most playing time in five seasons - because trades and injuries had left the Lakers thin. The following season (1997–98) saw him go to his fourth team in four years, but injuries kept him out of the Seattle SuperSonics' lineup for most of the season.

This nomadic trend continued, and for the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season, he found himself on the San Antonio Spurs, providing front-court depth and experience off the bench in the team's title run, although his scoring, rebounding, and minutes played were all career lows. He stayed with the Spurs for another season, and spent one final season in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks, retiring at the end of the 2000–01 season.

As a Portland Trail Blazer, Kersey was near the top in many of Portland's career categories at the time of his leaving, including games played (second), minutes played (third), scoring (third), rebounding (second), assists (sixth), steals (third), field goals made (fourth), and blocked shots (second).[citation needed]

Since his retirement in 2001, Kersey has served as a coach in various capacities for several teams. During the 2003-04 NBA season, Kersey was hired by the Trail Blazers to serve as director of player programs.[citation needed] After a season in that capacity, Kersey was hired as an assistant coach by the Milwaukee Bucks, where he served under his former Portland teammate, head coach Terry Porter. He served with the Bucks for one year, but was let go (along with Mike Schuler, who coached both Kersey and Porter while in Portland) on May 6, 2005. Porter was subsequently fired as the Bucks' coach later that year. Kersey has since indicated that he may not return to the NBA, claiming that NBA players of the current era don't respond well to constructive criticism and must be "babied."[citation needed]

In November 2005, Kersey was in Longwood's first Hall of Fame class. Others included baseball player Michael Tucker and LPGA golfer Tina Barrett.[citation needed]


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