Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Larry Kenon

Larry Kenon

Larry Mr. K Kenon


One of the more understated stars of the old ABA was Larry Kenon or better known as Mr. K
He was one of my favorite Nets (Dr.J was my favorite). He was traded to the San Antonio Spurs or Swen Nater and teamed up with the Iceman, George Gervin to make a high scoring one two punch for the Spurs. Once again he averaged 18.7 points, along with 11.1 rebounds per game in the Spurs’ final season in the ABA before they joined the NBA with the Nets, Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers.

Kenon made the All-Star Team in each of his three ABA seasons, and competed in the first-ever Slam Dunk Contest during the 1976 ABA All-Star Game. In 249 ABA games, Kenon had scored 4,419 points and grabbed 2,759 rebounds for an average of 17.7 and 11.1 per game, respectively.

Kenon enjoyed the best years of his career in San Antonio playing alongside George Gervin. In each of the four seasons they were teammates after the ABA-NBA merger, both averaged at least 20 points per game. In those four NBA seasons, Kenon averaged 21.9 (1976-77), 20.6 (1977-78), 22.1 (1978-79) and 20.1 (1979-80) points per game. He also made the NBA All-Star team in 1978 and 1979. He also averaged at least 10.7 rebounds per game in each of those four seasons, his high being 12.0 in 1976-77.

After the 1979-80 season Kenon signed with the Chicago Bulls. While his minutes per game went down in Chicago (28.1 during the 1980-81 season; he had never averaged fewer than 34.6 previously), he averaged 14.1 points per game; however, this would be his last effective season.

In his seven NBA seasons, Kenon played 503 games and scored 8535 points for a 17.0 average. His NBA and ABA totals were 12,954 points for a 17.2 average.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday salutes…Larry Kenon Mr. K

Career history
1973–1975 New York Nets (ABA)
1975–1980 San Antonio Spurs (ABA and NBA)
1980–1982 Chicago Bulls
1982–1983 Golden State Warriors
1983 Cleveland Cavaliers

Career highlights and awards

ABA Champion (1974)
3× ABA All-Star (1974–1976)
2× NBA All-Star (1978–1979)
ABA All-Rookie First Team (1974)
Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year (1973)

Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points 12,954 (17.2 ppg)
Rebounds 6,701 (8.9 rpg)
Assists 1,672 (2.2 apg)

Published by bklynboy59

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