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Kenny Gattison
Position(s) Power Forward/Center
Jersey #(s) 33, 44
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Born May 23, 1964 (1964-05-23) (age 45)
Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Career information
Year(s) 1986–1996
NBA Draft 1986 / Round: 3 / Pick: 55

Selected by Phoenix Suns

College Old Dominion
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA and/or ABA)
Points     3,923
Rebounds     2,327
Blocks     327
Stats @
Career highlights and awards
  • 1986 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year
  • 2x All-Sun Belt Conference First Team (1985, 1986)

Kenneth Clay Gattison (born May 23, 1964 in Wilmington, North Carolina) is a retired American professional basketball player and former NBA assistant coach.


College career

Kenny Gattison was a four-year lettermen at Old Dominion University. He is the Sun Belt Conference's all-time rebound leader with 963 recoveries, and ranks fourth all-time at ODU. His 1,623 career points ranks him 11th all-time in ODU history.

Kenny performed 34 double-doubles and had 87 double figure games. Gattison competed in the 1983 National Sports Festival in Colorado Springs for the East Squad. He also was selected to the U.S. Junior World Cup team in 1983. Gattison averaged 16.1 points per game for ODU in 1985 and 17.4 points per game in 1986. He helped lead ODU to two straight NCAA Tournament bids and in his senior year of 1986, the eighth seeded Monarchs defeated West Virginia for ODU's first ever NCAA Division I Tournament win. That same year, Gattison shot .637 (218-342) from the field.

Gattison was named honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press in 1985 and 1986. He was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in 1986, and was later named to the Sun Belt Conference's All-Decade team. The ODU Alumni Association named Gattison as the 1986 Male Athlete of the Year. Gattison graduated from Old Dominion with a degree in distributive education, specializing in personnel management. Gattison is also a 1991 ODU Sports Hall of Fame inductee.

Professional career

Gattison was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the 3rd round (55th overall) of the 1986 NBA Draft. A 6'8" forward-center, Gattison played in nine NBA seasons for 3 different teams. He played for the Phoenix Suns (1986–87, 1988), Charlotte Hornets (1989–95) and Vancouver Grizzlies (1995–96). On February 22, 1996 he was traded by the Grizzlies to the Orlando Magic, and on August 9, 1996 Magic traded him to Utah Jazz, but he did not appear in any games for those teams.

In his NBA career, Gattison played in 494 games and scored a total of 3,923 points. His best season as a professional came during the 1991–92 NBA season as a member of the Hornets, appearing in 82 games (71 starts) and averaging 12.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

Coaching career

After retiring, Gattison served as an assistant coach on John Calipari's staff with the NBA New Jersey Nets from 1996–98. He then returned to his alma mater, Old Dominion in 2001 as an assistant coach until 2003 when he was named assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets. He remained with New Orleans until June 2009.

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