|Drafted By:||Chicago, 4th overall|
Kelvin Ransey (born May 3, 1958 in Toledo, Ohio) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks from the Portland Trail Blazers and played for the Mavs in the 1982-1983 season.
Ransey attended Macomber High School in Toledo, Ohio in the mid 1970s, the same school later attended by former Mavericks player Jim Jackson. He was a four year starter at Ohio State University from 1976 to 1979. During his four years, the Buckeyes went from 8-18 his freshman year to a number two national ranking as a senior. Ransey played both point and shooting guard, and was the second leading scorer in school history at the time of his graduation (now fourth), and an All-American his senior year.
The 6' 1" Ransey was the fourth overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft, by the Chicago Bulls. He was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers before the season began for Ronnie Lester and a future draft choice, and was runner up for the Rookie-of-the-Year award that year (1980-81). He was voted to the NBA's all-rookie first team and finished the season seventh in the league in assists with 555.
His best season, statistically, was his second, when he averaged over 16 points and 7 assists. Following his sophomore campaign he was traded to the Mavericks where he joined Brad Davis and Rolando Blackman in the back court. He averaged 11.1 points per game in his only season with the Mavs. Dallas sent Ransey to the New Jersey Nets for veteran guard Foots Walker, New Jersey's 1985 first round draft choice and the New York Knicks 1984 second round draft choice, which New Jersey owned. He finished his career with three seasons in New Jersey.
Ransey retired from the game at the age of 27 to become a Christian minister in Toledo, Ohio.
"I had the great privilege of playing in one of the best eras of basketball ever in the NBA with players like Magic, Bird, Dr. J., Isiah Thomas, Kareem and even Michael Jordan for a couple of years. I played against the best," Ransey told the Toledo Blade after his retirement.
"I could have played four or five more years but my heart wasn't in it anymore. I felt a strong calling to go into pastoring."
He moved in 2000 to Tupelo, Mississippi where today he took over a new and growing church.