Playing four years for the Fighting Illini, Gill was a starter for his last three seasons. As a junior, Gill led the Fighting Illini to the 1989 Final Four before losing to Michigan on a last second shot.
Gill was chosen in the 1990 NBA draft with the fifth overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets, and was named First Team All-Rookie for the 1990-91 season. Kendall also participated in an NBA Slam-Dunk Competition. Gill played in 15 seasons in the NBA. He averaged over 20 points as a second-year player for the Hornets in 1991-92 (20.5 ppg). He spent a majority of his career playing for the Hornets (including two separate stints).
Gill also played for the Seattle SuperSonics for a short period of time.
Gill was then traded to the New Jersey Nets. Gill had the best year of his career scoring wise with the Nets in 1996-97 (21.8 ppg). In the 1998-99 NBA season, Gill led the league in steals as a member of the Nets. On April 3, 1999, he recorded 11 steals in a game against Miami, tying a single-game record set by Larry Kenon during the 1976-77 season. In this game, he also recorded 15 points and 10 rebounds for a rare Points-Rebounds-Steals triple double. In the 1999-00 season, he also made a half-court shot against the Orlando Magic, that hit the top of the backboard and swished in the net.
Kendall Gill also tried his hand at boxing after his NBA career.
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …spotlights…Kendall Gill.
|1996–2001||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||12,914 (13.4 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,002 (4.1 rpg)|
|Steals||1,519 (1.6 spg)|