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Encyclopedia > Kevin Willis
Kevin Willis
Position Center
Height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Team Dallas Mavericks
Nationality USA
Born September 6, 1962 (1962-09-06) (age 45)
Los Angeles, California
High school Pershing
College Michigan State
Draft 11th overall
Pro career {{{career_start}}} –present
Former teams Atlanta Hawks (1984–94; 2004–05)
Miami Heat (1994–96)
Golden State Warriors (1996)
Houston Rockets (1996–98; 2001–02)
Toronto Raptors (1998–2001)
Denver Nuggets (2001)
San Antonio Spurs (2002–2004)

Kevin Alvin Willis (born September 6, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA. He is a 7-foot power forward/center. At age 44, he is the oldest active player in the league.[1] During the 2004-05 season, Willis was also the oldest player in the league at age 42.[2] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Los_Angeles,_California. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article is about the sport. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Willis played competitively at Jackson Community College and Michigan State University from 1980–84 and was selected in the 1984 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He played with the Hawks for nine seasons (plus two games of a tenth season) until 1994. Willis teamed with Dominique Wilkins, Spud Webb, and Doc Rivers to often guide the Hawks to Playoffs appearances as well as providing a fierce rebounding presence in the post. Near the end of his stint with the Hawks, he and Wilkins were both made team captains. Willis was traded to the Miami Heat in 1994. Since then he has played with the Golden State Warriors, two separate stints with the Houston Rockets, the Denver Nuggets, the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs. It was in 2003 with the Spurs that he finally won an NBA Championship ring. Willis is one of 15 players in NBA history with over 16,000 career points and 11,000 career rebounds. He was named to the NBA Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 1992, when he finished the season with a career-high average of 15.5 rebounds a game.[3] Jackson Community College (also known as JCC) is a community college located in Jackson County, Michigan. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... The 1984 NBA Draft saw the selection of four players who would be named among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History at the leagues 50th anniversary in 1996: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and John Stockton. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Jacques Dominique Wilkins (born January 12, 1960, in Paris, France) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA and Basketball Hall of Famer. ... Webb playing for the Atlanta Hawks. ... Glenn Anton Doc Rivers (born October 13, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player from Marquette University who played point guard in the National Basketball Association notably for the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, and San Antonio Spurs. ... Current NBA Playoff logo. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association, played under a best-of-seven playoff format. ...


Willis returned to the Hawks for one more season in 2004-05, and by doing so, positioned himself to be the oldest player in the league. On March 30, 2007, the Dallas Morning News reported that Willis needs to only pass a physical and he will then be able to sign with the Western Conference-leading Dallas Mavericks. Willis, who did not play in 2005-06, was reported to take the team's vacant 15th roster spot.[4] The deal became official when he signed a 10-day contract with the Mavericks on April 2.[1] He appeared in 5 late regular season games and was on the Mavericks playoff roster as the 12th man but did not play in the Mavericks shock early first round exit. By playing five games during the 2007 NBA season, Willis became the oldest person to play more than one game in an NBA season (Providence Steamrollers coach Nat Hickey activated himself for one game in 1948, at 46 years old.[5] Hall of Famer Robert Parish, who - at age 43 - played 43 games with the Chicago Bulls in the 1996-97 NBA season, previously held many of Willis's longevity and age-based records. is the 89th day of the year (90th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Dallas Morning News is the major daily newspaper serving the Dallas, Texas area. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Steamrollers Logo The Providence Steamrollers were a National Basketball Association team based in Providence, Rhode Island. ... Matthew Nat Hickey (January 30, 1902–January 1, 1979) was an American professional basketball player and coach. ... The 1947-48 NBA Season was the 2nd season of the Basketball Association of America, the league that would eventually become the National Basketball Association. ... Robert Lee Parish (born August 30, 1953) in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a retired American basketball center. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The 1996-97 NBA season was the 51st season of the National Basketball Association. ...


Willis holds career averages of 12.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg[1], and 0.4 apg while averaging 27 minutes per game in 20 NBA seasons. The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ...


In 2007, Willis made three appearances on the Spike TV reality show, Pros vs Joes.Willis was known for having extremly small feet in relation to his height. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Reality television is a genre of television programming in which the fortunes of real life people (as opposed to fictional characters played by actors) are followed. ... Pros vs Joes is an American physical reality game show. ...


Notes

  1. ^ a b c Willis becomes oldest player in Mavs' history, April 2, 2007
  2. ^ Willis was known for having extremly small feet.2004-05 NBA Player Survey Results: Age
  3. ^ Kevin Willis NBA Player Profile, accessed March 31, 2007.
  4. ^ Willis set to sign with Mavs, accessed March 31, 2007.
  5. ^ Whatchoo Talkin' 'Bout Willis? Posted by Rob Peterson, April 3, 2007

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External links

  • Kevin Willis Player Info at NBA.com
  • Kevin Willis Statistics at Basketball-Reference.com
  • Hey! Whatever Happened To Kevin Willis?

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ESPN - Kevin Willis Stats, News, Photos - Dallas Mavericks - NBA Basketball (89 words)
ESPN - Kevin Willis Stats, News, Photos - Dallas Mavericks - NBA Basketball
The Dallas Mavericks are going to keep 44-year-old center Kevin Willis around a little longer.
The Dallas Mavericks will sign 44-year-old forward Kevin Willis to a 10-day contract Monday if he passes a physical.
Kevin Willis : USAToday.com - Kevin Willis Biography from USAToday.com (367 words)
Kevin Willis, who was in street clothes for Tuesday's game, was pleased with his first practice earlier this week.
Willis will be oldest player to play since Nat Hickey appeared in one game for the Providence Steamrollers in 1947-48 at the age of 46.
Willis is still in phenomenal shape, but he won't play nearly enough to be of use for fantasy purposes.
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