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Tony Delk
Tony-Delk.jpg
Delk as part of John Calipari's staff
Point guard/shooting guard
Born January 28, 1974 (1974-01-28) (age 35)
Covington, Tennessee
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 189 lb (86 kg)
College Kentucky
Draft 16th overall, 1996
Charlotte Hornets
Pro career 1996–2008
Former teams Charlotte Hornets (1996–1997)
Golden State Warriors (1997–1999)
Sacramento Kings (1999–2000)
Phoenix Suns (2000–2002)
Boston Celtics (2002–2003)
Dallas Mavericks (2003–2004)
Atlanta Hawks (2004–2006)
Detroit Pistons (2006)
Panathinaikos (2006–2007)
Carolina Giants (2008)

Tony Lorenzo Delk (born January 28, 1974 in Covington, Tennessee) is a former professional basketball player. He was team leader of the 1996 University of Kentucky Wildcats team that won the 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

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High school

Delk attended Haywood Junior High School and Haywood High School in Brownsville, Tennessee. During his 1992 senior year of high school, Delk was named "Mr. Basketball" in the state of Tennessee (TSSAA Class 3A Mr.Basketball 1992) and also to the Parade and McDonald's All-American Teams.

College career

As a sophomore at Kentucky, Delk was voted All-SEC 2nd Team by the coaches and All-SEC 3rd Team by the Associated Press, while also making the All-SEC Tournament Team for his outstanding play. Delk was named to the All-SEC 1st and All-NCAA Regional teams during the 1994-95 season. In the 1995-96 season, Delk was named to the All-American and All-SEC first teams and was named NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player. He also received SEC Player of the Year honors during the season. Delk joined Omega Psi Phi Fraternity while at Kentucky.

Professional career

Tony Delk was picked 16th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets. He was traded by the Hornets along with Muggsy Bogues to the Golden State Warriors for B. J. Armstrong on November 7, 1997, where he played for two seasons before signing with the Sacramento Kings on August 16, 1999. He appeared in 46 games in 1999-00, subsequently joining the Phoenix Suns on August 1, 2000.

In a January 2, 2001 overtime game against his former Kings team, he scored a career-high 53 points on 20-for-27 field goal shooting. Delk was eventually dealt with Rodney Rogers to the Celtics, for Joe Johnson, Milt Palacio and Randy Brown.

Prior to 2004-05, after a year with the Dallas Mavericks, Delk was again traded, this time to the Atlanta Hawks, along with Antoine Walker, in a deal for Jason Terry and Alan Henderson. Delk lasted one and a half seasons with the Hawks before being waived on February 25, 2006, signing with the Detroit Pistons on March 1, where he backed up point guard Chauncey Billups.

Delk finished his NBA career with averages of 9.1 PPG, 2.5 RPG and 1.9 APG as he, in August 2006, signed a contract with the Greek basketball team, Panathinaikos, in Athens. He won the Greek Cup, the Greek Championship and the European Championship with Panathinaikos, but was released in May 2007, citing compatibility issues. He announced his retirement from professional basketball in November 2007. In 2008, nonetheless, he played three games for the Gigantes of Carolina in the BSN, the professional basketball league of Puerto Rico. He retired, once again, and served as a technical assistant with the same team.[1]

On April 16, 2009 it was announced that Delk would be returning to his alma mater along with his former college teammate Scott Padgett to serve on coach John Calipari's staff at the University of Kentucky. [2]

Personal life

Tony Delk is the uncle of current basketball-playing twins Richard and Reginald Delk.[3] He also sponsors the Tony Delk Legends Game, a benefit for the Taylor Delk Sickle Cell Foundation.

College stats for the University of Kentucky

Season Games
Played
Minutes FG FGA  % 3Pt
FG
3Pt
FGA
 % FT FTA  % Def Off Total
Rebs
Asst. St. BS F TO Total
Points
PPG APG SPG RPG
1992-93 30 287 47 104 45.2 18 51 35.3 24 33 72.7 38 19 57 22 17 3 24 19 136 4.5 .73 .57 1.9
1993-94 34 970 200 440 45.5 95 254 37.4 69 108 63.9 111 42 153 59 64 21 70 59 564 16.6 1.7 1.9 4.5
1994-95 33 960 207 433 47.8 77 197 39.1 60 89 67.4 77 33 110 65 53 9 67 51 551 16.7 1.97 1.6 3.3
1995-96 36 947 229 464 49.4 93 210 44.3 88 110 80 97 53 150 64 67 13 72 64 639 17.8 1.8 1.9 4.2
Total 133 3164 683 1441 47.4 283 712 39.7 241 340 70.9 323 147 470 210 201 46 233 193 1890 14.2 1.6 1.5 3.5

References

  1. ^ ADENDI
  2. ^ Calipari to hire former Wildcats Delk, Padgett
  3. ^ Reggie Delk transferring to Louisville

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Preceded by
Corliss Williamson
SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year
1996
Succeeded by
Ron Mercer
Preceded by
Ed O'Bannon
NCAA Basketball Tournament
Most Outstanding Player
(men's)

1996
Succeeded by
Miles Simon

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