Kelenna Azubuike

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Kelenna Azubuike
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Kelenna Azubuike
Position: Guard/Forward
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 215
Nationality: British
Born: 12/16/83
Birthplace: London, England
Draft: undrafted
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College: Kentucky
NBA Career: 2006-2012
Mavs Tenure: 2012


Kelenna Azubuike (born December 16, 1883 in London, England) was signed, as a free agent, by the Dallas Mavericks on March 23, 2012.

Azubuike played his high school basketball in Tulsa, Oklahoma for Victory Christian High School and led them to a state title as a sophomore and to the state championship game as a senior. He was an All-State selection averaging 39.1 points and 13.3 rebounds. He was also the top scorer in the state his last three years of high school.

Recruited by the University of Kentucky, Azubuike helped carry the Wildcats to two SEC titles, two SEC conference tournament titles and two NCAA Elite Eight appearances during his sophomore and junior seasons. Also as a junior, he was slected All-SEC second team by both the coaches and the Associated Press and finished tenth in the SEC in points-per-game with 14.7.

Leaving school after his junior season, Azubuike went undrafted. He was invited to training camp with the Cleveland Cavaliers but played the 2005-2006 campaign with Ft. Worth of the NBA Development League. The next season proved much the same when, after a tryout with the Houston Rockets, he was again back with Ft. Worth, this time leading the league in scoring with 26.0 ppg.

That scoring average, however, drew the attention of the Golden State Warriors during the season. They signed Azubuike on January 2, 2007 and he appeared in 41 games over the remainder of the year, averaging 7.1 ppg. Remaining with the Warriors for the 2007-2008 season, he saw action in a career-high 81 games while raising his scoring average to 8.5 for the year.

During the offseason, the 6'5 guard signed a three-year/nine million dollar offer sheet with the Los Angeles Clippers which Golden State matched just before training camp. It proved to be a wise move as Azubuike posted career numbers in 2008-2009. Over 74 games, he averaged 14.4 ppg, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists while finishing fourth in the NBA in 3PT FG% at .448.

Coming off the high that was the prior season both Azubuike and the Warriors were looking forward to the 2009-2010 season. But just nine games into the season, with Azubuike averaging 13.9 ppg, he tore his patella tendon and missed the remainder of the year.

On July 9, 2010, the Warriors traded Azubuike, along with Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and a future second round draft choice to the New York Knicks (in a sign-and-trade deal) for David Lee. Azubuike never suited up for the Knicks and was released on February 28, 2011.

The Mavericks signed Azubuike on March 23, 2012 and assigned him to the NBA D-League's Texas Legends. On April 9, he was recalled by the Mavs and appeared in his first NBA game in over two years. He appeared in three games total averaging 2.3 points in six minutes per game.

Azubuike's rights were traded by Dallas to Cleveland on as part of a 2012 draft-night trade. He was waived by the Cavaliers during training camp on October 14, 2012.

Spurs guard Tony Parker recommended Azubuike to the French team ASVEL Villurbanne in August of 2013 but the two sides were not able to come to an agreement.