Keith Van Horn

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Keith Van Horn
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Keith Van Horn
Position: Forward
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 245
Nationality: American
Born: 10/23/1975
Birthplace: Fullerton, CA
Draft: 2nd overall
Drafted By: Philadelphia
College: Utah
NBA Career: 1997-2006
Mavs Tenure: 2005-2006

Keith Van Horn (born October 23, 1975 in Fullerton, California) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Calvin Booth, Alan Henderson and cash considerations on February 24, 2005.

Van Horn attended the University of Utah where he saw his scoring and rebounding averages rise in each of his four years. Making an immediate impact, he averaged 18.3 points and 8.3 rebounds as a freshman. Big things happened as a sophomore as his averages rose to 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds and he was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

As a junior he was named to the Associated Press' All-America team and was again WAC Player of the Year. In his senior year however, Van Horn Helped the Utes to a #2 final ranking while being a consensus All-American selection with a 22.0 ppg and 9.5 rpg average and was ESPN's College Basketball Performer of the Year.

He completed his college career as both the University of Utah and the Western Athletic Conference's all-time leading scorer. He was also the WAC's first person to win Player of the Year honors three times and only the second player in conference history to be named first team all-conference in four seasons.

After being drafted in the first round of the 1997 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, he was immediately traded with Lucious Harris, Don MacLean and Michael Cage to the New Jersey Nets for Jim Jackson, Eric Montross and the draft rights to Tim Thomas and Anthony Parker.

Van Horn made in immediate impact with New Jersey averaging 19.7 points and 6.6 rebounds while leading the team in scoring and being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Things only improved in year two as the 6'10 forward increased his averages to career-bests 21.8 points and 8.5 rebounds. He again led the Nets in scoring and ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring.

His steady play continued over the next three seasons culminating in 2001-2002 when he helped lead the Nets to the Eastern Conference Championship. Following that season he was traded along with Todd McCullough back to his original team, the 76ers, in exchange for center Dikembe Mutombo. Van Horn played only one season in Philly averaging 15.9 points over 74 games, while shooting a career-best 48.2% from the field.

After one season in Philadelphia, he was again on the move, this time to the New York Knicks in a tree-team deal in which the 76ers also traded Randy Holcomb, a first-round pick and cash considerations to the Atlanta Hawks and acquired Glenn Robinson and a 2006 second-round draft pick from the Hawks and Marc Jackson from the Minnesota Timberwolves, The Knicks traded Latrell Spreweell to the Timberwolves and Timberwolves traded Terrell Brandon to the Hawks.

This time, with only a partial-season stop, Van Horn was traded by the Knicks to the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team deal in which the Knicks also traded Michael Doleac and a 2005 second-round draft choice to the Atlanta Hawks, Bucks also traded Tim Thomas to the Knicks and Joel Pryzbilla to the Hawks.

He saw action in 25 games to close out the season with Milwaukee, averaging 15.7 points, and began the season with 33 games for the Bucks in 2004-2005 before being sent to the Mavericks.

Van Horn finished the 2004-2005 season with the Mavs, playing in 29 contests, including three starts. In 23.6 mpg, he averaged 4.4 boards, 12.2 points, shot 46.2 percent from the floor and 78.3 percent from the free throw line.

In the 2005-2006 campaign, he saw time in 53 games, all of which he came off the bench. In 20.6 mpg, he averaged 3.6 rebounds, 8.9 points, shot 42.4 percent from the floor and 83.2 percent from the charity stripe. The spark he provided the team helped propel Dallas to their first-ever Western Conference Championship and a spot in the NBA Finals.

After the season, Van Horn (in effect) retired opting to spend time at home with his family. He was honored by his alma mater, the University of Utah on January 29, 1998 when his uniform number 44 was retired, only the fifth time the Utes had retired a number. Then again in February of 2008 when he was named to the University of Utah's All-Century Basketball team.