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|Draft:||1st Round/16th overall|
|Drafted By:||Charlotte Hornets|
|College:||University of Kentucky|
Tony Delk (born January 28, 1974 in Covington, Tennessee) was acquired by the Dallas Mavericks along with Antoine Walker on October 20, 2003, in a trade with the Boston Celtics for Raef LaFrentz, Jiri Welsch, Chris Mills and a first round draft pick.
Delk was both a Parade All-American and a McDonald's All-American his senior year in high school and was named "Mr. Basketball" in his home state of Tennessee that same year.
Choosing to attend the University of Kentucky, Delk's scoring average rose in each of his four years. Despite seeing action in 30 games his freshman year, his scoring average was only 4.5 ppg. In his sophomore season, his scoring average soared to 16.6 points and he was named to the coaches' All-SEC second team. He continued to improve his junior season with a 16.7 scoring average and being named first-team All-SEC.
It was Delk's senior season however, when thing took off. He led the Wildcats to the NCAA Championship, being named Most Outstanding Player in the tournament as well as All-SEC and All-American. Draft interest was high in the 6'1 guard and the Charlotte Hornets nabbed him with the 16th selection of the first round in 1996.
In his rookie season he appeared in 61 games posting a 5.4 ppg average. Early the next season, Charlotte sent Delk, along with Mugsy Bogues, to Golden State for B.J. Armstrong. With the Warriors, his scoring average went to 10.4 points over 74 games. The 1998-1999 campaign was marred by injuries and he was limited to only 36 games. He did, however, manage to post a career-best 2.6 assists that season.
The 1999-2000 season would begin a run where Delk would play for six teams in seven seasons. He played a year each with Sacramento and Phoenix, where he appeared in all 82 of the Suns' games and had a career-high 12.3 ppg average.
After two seasons in Boston, Delk was traded to the Mavericks on October 20, 2003. In the '03-'04 season, he saw action in 33 games for Dallas, averaging 6.0 points in 15.4 minutes. He also appeared in the playoffs for the Mavs.
In August of 2004, Dallas sent Delk and Antoine Walker to Atlanta for Jason Terry, Alan Henderson and a first-round draft pick. That season, with Atlanta, he appeared in 56 games with an 11.9 ppg average. The next season, he was waived by the Hawks and signed with Detroit where he played the final 23 games of his NBA career.
Perhaps Delk's biggest professional success was in 2006 when he signed with Panathinaikos (in Athens) of the Greek Pro League. There he helped lead them to the Greek Cup, the Greek Championship and the European Championship. He retired shortly thereafter.
Today, Delk is a member of Coach John Caliparri's staff at his alma mater, the University of Kentucky.