January 12, 2012 4 Comments
Remember the scene in Back to the Future II where Marty McFly purchases a sports almanac detailing the results of every single professional and collegiate game up until the year 2000? In case you haven’t seen it, watch this clip and you should be caught up to speed.
The goal of this segment is somewhat the opposite of that. Instead of using a sports almanac from the future for my own financial gain (shame on you Biff!), instead consider this a blast from the past revisiting some of the more forgotten athletes that didn’t exactly have their names up in lights or their faces on the covers of faux sports almanac’s in Hollywood feature films.
Today we will start off with former NBA shooting guard Kerry Kittles. Drafted with the eighth overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft, Kittles had high expectations after an outstanding collegiate career with Villanova.
For his first two professiona seasons Kittles provided solid offensive play by averaging 16.4 and 17.2 points per game while playing around 36 minutes per game. Kittles saw his numbers decline during the following years, however after the turn of the millennium the Nets became a force to reckon with. Kittles along with Jason Kidd formed a deadly back court for the Nets who reached the NBA finals in both the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons.
Although the Nets lost both series, it marked the first time the team had ever reached the finals as a member of the NBA. Kittles played a key supporting role on these Nets teams and after his retirement in 2005 left his mark as a solid role player who did not disappoint despite his high draft status.
What does a life after basketball contain for a player like Kerry Kittles? Glad you asked. During his time at Villanova he obtained a degree in Business Management and earned his MBA from Villanova’s School of Business as well. Kittles has made great use of his degree and is currently an associate at Ledgemont Capital Group.
Kerry Kittles, we salute you on being the first athlete dusted off in the old sports almanac. Make sure to check back here tomorrow as we profile former Chicago Cubs third baseman Kevin Orie.