Chad Kinch

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Chad Kinch
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Chad Kinch and Donald Carter
Position: Guard
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 190
Nationality: American
Born: 5/22/58
Birthplace: Perth Amboy, NJ
Draft: 1st Round
Drafted By: Cleveland Cavaliers
College: UNC at Charlotte
NBA Career: 1980-1981
Mavs Tenure: 1980-81

Chad Kinch (born May 22,1958 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey) was obtained by the Mavs in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 7, 1981. Dallas obtained Kinch and Cleveland's 1985 first round draft choice in return for guard Geoff Huston and their 1983 third round draft choice.

Kinch was a star at Perth Amboy High School. He led the school to three county championships was named to the MCT (Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament) All-Tournament team in 1975-1976.

After high school, Kinch went on to play for the University of North Carolina - Charlotte where he averaged 18 points per game and won All-Sunbelt Conference First Team honors for three consecutive years from 1977-1980. The team's biggest accomplishment saw the 49ers advance to the 1977 Final Four in just their seventh season as a Division-I program.

There's one moment during the tournament for which Kinch will long be remembered.

In the Midwest Regional Final (the last stop before the Final Four), UNCC faced a heavily-favored Michigan team led by 6'7 All-American Phil Hubbard. In the first half, Kinch took the ball on the right baseline and, despite teammates pleas to pass it out, took the ball to the hoop. In one shining moment he jumped, and in a "Jordan-esque" moment that was actually pre-Jordan, flew to the basket with a mammoth dunk over the confused Hubbard.

The dunk, which counted as only two points at the time, was worth a fortune to the 49ers confidence and UNCC advanced to the Final Four defeating Hubbard's Michigan 75-68 before losing to eventual champion Marquette.

With Kinch's performance in the Final Four, he joined an elite group including Mark Aguirre, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan and Chris Webber on a list of fourteen palyers who have scored 30 points or more in two NCAA Final Four games since 1975. He averaged 15.4 points per game in that '77 tournament.

In 1979, Kinch had the honor of representing the United States at Spartakiade, an international multi-sport event hosted by the Soviet Union and its neighboring communist countries. The event was looked at as a test-run for the USSR as it prepared to host the 1980 Summer Olympics.

The U.S. team included such future NBA-stars as Andrew Toney, Joe Barry Carroll and future Dallas Maverick Herb Williams. Other countries participating included Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Yugoslavia and the Ukraine.

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Kinch with their first round draft choice in 1980. Kinch appeared in 9 games before being traded to Dallas. With the Mavs he played in 12 games averaging 3.2 ppg and 0.8 apg.

His NBA career lasted only one season and he returned to Charlotte where he worked for United Parcel Service and conducted youth basketball camps. He later returned to his hometown in New Jersey and passed away at 35 years of age on April 3, 1994

Kinch was honored posthumously in 2006 when he, along with others like P.J. Brown, Otis Smith, former UNCC teammate Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell and former Dallas Maverick Wayne Cooper were named to the Sun Belt Conference's All-Time Mens Basketball Team.