KELENNA DAVID AZUBUIKE (born December 16, 1983) is an American
former professional basketball player. Born in
Tulsa, Oklahoma , Azubuike became a standout player during
his play at Victory
Christian High School , and was eventually
recruited to play for the Wildcats of the
University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky .
After finishing his junior season in college, Azubuike declared
himself eligible for the
2005 NBA Draft
2005 NBA Draft , eventually going undrafted
that year. Azubuike then played for the
Fort Worth Flyers of the NBA
Development League, leading the league in scoring during the 2006–07
season and eventually being called up to play for the Golden State
* 1 Early years
* 1.1 College
* 2 NBA career
* 3 Broadcasting career
* 4 Personal life
* 5 NBA Career Statistics
* 5.1 Regular season
* 5.2 Playoffs
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
Azubuike was born in
England to Kenneth and Chy Azubuike.
Azubuike was raised in
Tulsa, Oklahoma . Playing for Victory
Christian High School , Azubuike led his team to the state title as a
sophomore. He eventually became an All-State selection, averaging
39.1 points and 13.3 rebounds and leading his team to the Class 4A
State Championship Game as a senior. He was the top scorer in the
state of Oklahoma during his last three seasons of high school,
averaging 28.5 points as a sophomore and 38.7 points as a junior.
Azubuike finished his prep career with 3,530 points, 89 points short
of the all-time state scoring mark.
Considered a four-star recruit by
Scout.com , Azubuike was listed as
the No. 8 small forward and the No. 34 player in the nation in 2002.
Playing under coach
Tubby Smith , Azubuike said that the biggest
improvement to his game at Kentucky was the ability to create offense
through intense defense. As a junior, Azubuike was named to the
All-SEC Second Team by the
Associated Press and the league's coaches
after leading the team and ranking tenth in the SEC in points per
game, averaging 14.7 overall. Azubuike was named to the 2005 SEC
All-Tournament Team after averaging 18.0 points in three contests.
During his time with the organization, Azubuike helped the Wildcats to
Southeastern Conference titles, two SEC Tournament titles,
and two NCAA
Elite Eight appearances. Azubuike averaged 10.0 points
and 3.7 rebounds in 97 career games at the University of Kentucky,
shooting a 48.5% field goal average for his college career. While
University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky , Azubuike majored in business
In April 2005, Azubuike announced his plans to enter the draft after
his junior year, signing with agent Joel Bell and ending his college
eligibility. In the 2005–06 season, Azubuike averaged 12.6 points,
4.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in forty-one games with the Fort Worth
Flyers of the NBA's Developmental League . Azubuike played with the
Denver Nuggets in the 2006 Toshiba Vegas Summer League, where he
averaged 16.4 points and finished tied at tenth in the league in
scoring. In August 2006, Azubuike was signed by the Houston Rockets
as a free agent, but eventually waived by October. Playing for Fort
Worth of the Development League again, Azubuike averaged 5.0 rebounds,
3.2 assists, 1.17 steals, and a league-best 26.0 points in 37.7
minutes per contest playing for the
Fort Worth Flyers of the NBA
Development League, shooting 51.4% from the field and 48.5% from
three-point range over twelve games.
After going undrafted, the
Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors signed Azubuike on
January 2, 2007. Azubuike was the first
Gatorade Call-Up of the
NBA Development League season, and the 49th player overall
to be called up to the NBA since the D-League began play in November
2001. During his second season with Golden State, Azubuike expressed
an interest in playing for the British team during the build-up to the
London Olympic Games , but was denied British citizenship under
the 1981 British Nationality Act . On July 17, 2008, Azubuike signed
an offer sheet with the
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers for a three-year deal
worth $9 million, with Golden State having seven days to match the
offer. In the final hour, Golden State matched the offer made by the
Clippers on July 24, 2008, allowing Azubuike to remain a Warrior.
On November 17, 2009, it was announced that Azubuike would miss the
rest of the 2009–10 season because of a knee injury.
On July 9, 2010, Azubuike was traded to the
New York Knicks
New York Knicks along
Anthony Randolph ,
Ronny Turiaf and a future second-round pick in
a sign and trade deal for David Lee . Azubuike never played in a game
for the Knicks. He was waived by the Knicks on February 28, 2011.
On March 23, 2012, Azubuike was signed by the
Dallas Mavericks . As
part of his comeback, he was assigned to the Mavericks' D-League
Texas Legends . On April 9, 2012, he was recalled by
the Mavericks. On April 20, 2012, Azubuike played in his first NBA
game since November 14, 2009, against the Golden State Warriors. On
June 28, 2012, during the
2012 NBA Draft
2012 NBA Draft , Azubuike was traded to the
Cleveland Cavaliers . He was waived by the Cavaliers on October 14,
In the summer of 2015, Azubuike attended the
Sportscaster U. program
Syracuse University sponsored by the NBPA , training for a career
in broadcasting. Since then, he has been assigned to announce 11 of
the 19 NBA D-League games produced by NBA TV in 2016. Various of
these games have been broadcast by ESPNU.
NBC Sports Bay Area
NBC Sports Bay Area in 2016, covering Warriors games as a
Azubuike has three siblings: Nonzo, Nesochi and Adaeze. He is a
Christian music fan and enjoys creating his own music. During the
2006–07 season , Azubuike made an appearance on Bay Area hip hop
KMEL and conducted an interview while the station played music
which he personally produced. Azubuike is a
Azubuike has been involved with many humanitarian causes during his
time in the NBA. Azubuike accepted a personal invitation from Jakaya
Kikwete , the President of
Tanzania , to take part in Leon H. Sullivan
Summit VIII , a five-day convention held from June 2 to June 6, 2008
Arusha , Tanzania. The convention brought together many of the
world's political and business leaders to focus attention and
Africa 's economic and social development.
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* ^ Knicks waive guard Kelenna Azubuike
Kelenna Azubuike to Mavericks
* ^ "
Kelenna Azubuike gets call to replace Lamar Odom".
* ^ "Azubike plays in first NBA game in three seasons".
* ^ Mavs add Kelenna Azuibuike to trade
* ^ Cavaliers Waive Keleena Azubuike
* ^ "UK basketball notebook: Ex-Cats Azubuike, Mohammed take crash
course in broadcasting". Kentucky Sports. July 15, 2015.
* ^ "NBA D-League Alum
Kelenna Azubuike Heading To Broadcast Booth
For D-League Showcase". DLeagueDigest.com. January 3, 2016.
* ^ "ESPNU to Televise 11 Regular-Season NBA D-League Games
Starting in January". dleague.nba.com. January 7, 2016.
* ^ Sarachik, Justin (June 13, 2014). "Former NBA Star Kelenna
Azubuike Shares Details on New Faith Based Film \'Midrange\' and Being
Christian Among Pro-Athletes (VIDEO INTERVIEW)". Breathecast.
Retrieved 6 February 2015.
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