Kendrick Perkins is a Texas-born 6-foot 10-inch professional basketball player who played primarily for Boston Celtics, where he won an NBA championship in 2008.
The 2003 Texas Mr. Basketball, an honor that goes to the best high school basketball player in any state, currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who previously thought about retirement after working with an NBA G League team, the Canton Charge.
Kendrick Perkins was born on November 10, 1984, in Nederland, Texas. His love of basketball was discovered at a young age as he would normally dominate his peers with his size and skills. He attended Clifton J. Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas, where he graduated in 2003.
While at Ozen High, Perkins led his school to four consecutive county championships and a state championship. In his senior year, he was named McDonald’s All-American Game, an all-star basketball game for American and Canadian high school graduates, thanks to his 27.5 points, 16.4 rebounds and 7.8 blocks per game.
After initially committing to attending Memphis University, where he would play for the Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team, Perkins changed his mind and decided to go straight from high school into the league. He was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 27th pick in the first round of the 2003 NBA draft but was subsequently sold to Boston Celtics.
Kendrick Perkins’ first year in the league didn’t go as planned, as the newcomer had only 10 appearances and played an average of 3.5 minutes per game. In total, his statistics were 2.2 points per game, 1.4 rebounds per game and 0.2 assists per game. The following season was much better as his playing time increased to an average of 9.1 minutes per game in 60 appearances. He also gained a reputation as a tough player, which led the team to use him as an enforcer.
After some off-season improvements achieved through training, practice, and practice, Perkins began to evolve into the player everyone thought he would be. In the 2005-06 season, Perkins’ playing time increased as the coach began to trust him more and more. He repeatedly scored double digits in points and rebounds, and when Mark Blount was exchanged for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Perkins became a starter.
In 2008, he played a central role in the Celtics playoff run as he played in 25 playoff games, averaging 25 minutes per game with 6.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. He helped his team defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in six games to win his first NBA title. Two years later, he failed to help his team win another title after suffering a knee injury in Game 6 of the 2010 NBA Final. The Lakers took revenge and won the championship in Game 7.
In 2011, Kendrick Perkins traded the Oklahoma City Thunder. The following year he and the Thunder reached the NBA final where they lost to the Miami Heat. Perkins played for another three years in Oklahoma before being associated with Utah Jazz, which gave him up two days later.
His release gave room for the cheeky center to sign for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made it to the NBA finals in 2015 but lost to the Golden State Warriors. Perkins returned this summer to join the New Orleans pelicans. However, his injury continued as he spent several months on the sidelines.
In September 2017, Perkins rejoined the Cavaliers but was suspended after a few weeks, prompting him to join their subsidiary NBA G League, the Canton Charge. Kendrick Perkins decided to retire in February 2018. In April 2018, however, he returned by joining the Cavaliers for the rest of the season.
Kendrick Perkins’ Salary and Net Worth
After a long basketball career in which he once won the NBA championship while playing for four NBA teams and reaching the finals five times, Kendrick Perkins has managed to secure an asset of around $18 million.
His current salary with the Cleveland Cavaliers after the signing in April 2018 will be $13,156.
Kendrick Perkins is married to his long-time girlfriend Vanity Alpough. The couple married on 25 July 2009 at the Carlton Woods Country Club in Woodlands, Texas. Together they have two sons: Kendrick Perkins II, born September 10, 2007, and Kenxton Perkins, born October 10, 2011.
Height, Weight and Other Facts
Birth Name: Kendrick Perkins
Date Of Birth: November 10, 1984
Place Of Birth: Nederland, Texas, USA
Height: 6 feet 10 inches (208 cm)
Weight: 122 kg (270 lbs)
Profession: Professional Basketball Player
Wife: Vanity Alpough (m. 2009)
Net Worth: $18 Million