Kevin Ollie

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Kevin Ollie
Kevin Ollie
Position: Guard
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 195
Nationality: American
Born: 12/27/72
Birthplace: Dallas, TX
Draft: undrafted
Drafted By: undrafted
College: University of Connecticut
NBA Career: 1997-Present
Mavs Tenure: 1997-1998

Kevin Ollie (born December 27, 1972 in Dallas, Texas) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on October 7, 1997.

Ollie attended the University of Connecticut where he saw action in 124 games over his four year career with the Huskies. He led the team three straight years in assists and set, what was then, the single season record with 212 assists during his senior season. Voted third team All-Big East as a senior, Ollie still ranks third all-time in school history in assists (619) and fifth all-time in assists-per-game average.

He went undrafted coming out of UConn and spent his first professional season in the CBA with the Connecticut Pride. The Mavs came calling in 1997 and signed the Dallas native to a free agent contract. He played 16 games as a Maverick averaging 2.9 points per game. After being waived on December 17, 1997, he finished his rookie campaign with the Orlando Magic appearing in 19 games. The next season began what would become a whirlwind of stops for the 6'4 guard that saw him play in 12 different NBA cities.

After Dallas, his various ports-of-call included stints with Orlando, Sacramento, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Indiana, Milwaukee, Seattle, Cleveland, a second time around in Philly, Minnesota and Oklahoma City. Ollie came to be known as "the player nobody keeps but everybody wants."

His most successful stops were with Seattle in 2002-2003 where he enjoyed career bests in points per game (8.0) and assists per game (3.8). The next season he saw action in all 82 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers and led the team in free throw percentage at .835.

Prior to the 2009-2010 season, Ollie signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder where he is virtually an assistant coach on the floor. Always known as a hard worker and student of the game, there's little doubt coaching is in Ollie's future and he is imparting the wisdom of twelve NBA seasons on the young Thunder team.