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Kendrick Perkins
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Boston Celtics  – No. 43
Center
Born November 10, 1984 (1984-11-10) (age 25)
Nederland, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 280 lb (127 kg)
League NBA
Salary $4,750,000
High school Clifton J. Ozen High School
College None
Draft 27th overall, 2003
Memphis Grizzlies
Pro career 2003present
Awards 1-time NBA Champion
(2008)
Profile Info Page

Kendrick Perkins (born November 10, 1984 in Nederland, Texas) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the NBA.

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High school

Perkins graduated from Clifton J. Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas in 2003 where he led Ozen High to four consecutive district championships and one state championship during his high school career. Averaging 27.5 points, 16.4 rebounds and 7.8 blocked shots a game as a Senior, he led Ozen to a 33-1 record, with the only loss being a 66-54 setback to Fort Worth Dunbar in the state 4A championship game. In 2003, Perkins was selected to the McDonald's All-American game for high-school players. He had originally committed to the University of Memphis, but opted instead to make the jump to the NBA straight out of high school.

NBA career

The 6'10" center/power forward was drafted in the first round with the 27th pick of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies, but was immediately traded along with Marcus Banks to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Troy Bell and Dahntay Jones, who had been selected by the Celtics in the same draft.

During the 2004-05 season, Perkins received more playing time than he did his rookie season, and became known as one of the tougher players on the Celtics. He had a limited role during the regular season and playoffs as the team's "enforcer". Perkins was involved in an unusual scenario in the final seconds of regulation in Game 6 of the 2005 Eastern Conference first round against Indiana. Paul Pierce was ejected but Pierce was owed free throws because he had been fouled before the ejection. Under NBA rules, Indiana coach Rick Carlisle chose to select Perkins (who had not played in the game) off the bench to shoot the crucial free throws (the game was tied). Perkins missed both, indirectly leading the game going into overtime, in which the Celtics eventually won.[1]

Perkins (right) dunking over Brendan Haywood of the Washington Wizards

After marked improvements during summer training and practice, Perkins earned more playing time from coach Doc Rivers during the 2005-06 season. He played some of the best games of his career in 2006, repeatedly reaching double figures in points and rebounds. After the trade of Mark Blount to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Perkins became the undisputed starting center for the Celtics, although he was already sharing starting time before Blount's departure.

Career transactions

Personal

Perkins is a practicing Roman Catholic.[3] He was an altar boy in his youth, and it was often problematic to find an alb to fit him due to his height.[3] He has a son, Kendrick Perkins II, born September 10, 2007.[4]

In July 2009, Perkins got married to his long-term girlfriend, Vanity Alpough.[5]

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
2003–04 Boston 10 0 3.5 .533 .000 .667 1.4 .3 .0 .2 2.2
2004–05 Boston 60 3 9.1 .471 .000 .638 2.9 .4 .2 .6 2.5
2005–06 Boston 68 40 19.6 .515 .000 .615 5.9 1.0 .3 1.5 5.2
2006–07 Boston 72 53 21.9 .491 .000 .600 5.2 1.3 .3 1.3 4.5
2007–08 Boston 78 78 24.5 .615 .000 .623 6.1 1.1 .4 1.5 6.9
2008–09 Boston 76 76 29.6 .577 .000 .600 8.1 1.3 .3 2.0 8.5
Career 364 250 21.0 .551 .000 .614 5.7 1.0 .3 1.3 5.6

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Boston 6 0 4.7 .800 .000 .333 1.0 .0 .0 .5 1.5
2007–08 Boston 25 25 25.2 .585 .000 .678 6.1 .5 .6 1.3 6.6
2008–09 Boston 14 14 36.6 .575 .000 .667 11.6 1.4 .4 2.6 11.9
Career 45 39 26.0 .584 .000 .663 7.1 .7 .5 1.6 7.5

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