|College:||University of Utah|
Kelvin Upshaw (born January 24, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on January 6, 1990.
Upshaw grew up in Chicago playing pick-up basketball games which included Isaiah Thomas and future Maverick Mark Aguirre. He began his college career at Northeast Oklahoma Junior College before transferring to the University of Utah.
With the Utes, Upshaw averaged 14.6 points per game as a sophomore and 17.4 ppg his junior year. He was the team's top scorer and finished 3rd in Western Athletic Conference in scoring. He was also selected second team all-WAC that season.
As a senior, Upshaw (a two-time team captain) led Utah in assists, steals and free throw percentage. He still ranks in the top twenty in career scoring with 1,229 points.
Upshaw was drafted but not by the NBA. He was taken by Jacksonville of the CBA in 1986 and was an all-star and first team all-CBA selection the following year with Rapid City.
His first taste of the NBA came the following season when he signed two ten-day contracts with Miami. Upshaw appeared in nine games with the Heat averaging 6.3 ppg.
Released after the second contract expired, he caught on with the Boston Celtics where he posted the best numbers of his NBA career. In 23 appearances, Upshaw averaged 7.0 ppg and 4.2 assists per game.
One of the most infamous moments in Upshaw's career occurred the following off-season as the Celtics gathered for their first practice of summer camp.
Early in the scrimmage, Upshaw and all-star forward Larry Bird were going for a rebound when they collided and Bird went down with a fractured bone in his back. Having missed most of the previous season with heel problems, the injury was of extra concern to the Celtics but Bird missed only six weeks of practice and had healed by the time training camp opened.
Upshaw began the year with Boston but was released after appearing in only fourteen games. He signed a ten-day contract with Dallas on January 6 and a second immediately thereafter. He appeared in three games for the Mavs and asked for an early release to pursue an opportunity with Scavolini Pesaro in Italy.
Following his stint overseas, one of many during Upshaw's career, he returned to the NBA and finished the season playing in 23 games for Golden State where he posted his career-high NBA performance with 19 points and seven boards on April 20 against the Phoenix Suns.
He returned to the Mavericks for his final NBA season in 1990-1991 appearing in 48 games and averaging 5.6 ppg.
Upshaw continued his career overseas (Italy, Poland, Argentina and the Philippines) and in the CBA with Jacksonville, Rapid City, Quad City and Albany.
Following his playing career, Upshaw went into coaching and was an assistant in the CBA with Gary, Quad City and LaCrosse and with Charleston of the NBA Development League.
In 2004, he rejoined the Dallas Mavericks as a player development coach for a year.