With the FIBA Americas championship and 2011 EuroBasket tournament already over, there is not much Spurs basketball news to talk about. The fact that the NBA lockout is still in full effect, then it’s looking like a long offseason without some NBA action.
Thankfully, Spurs World’s regular reader Joe Perez gave me an idea to write about a former Spurs great Larry Kenon.
Many of us probably didn’t see Kenon in action on the court, but to give us an idea on how he performed as a Spur, here is a look back.
Kenon was drafted by the Memphis Tams of the ABA, but the New York Nets secured his draft rights. During his rookie season, Kenon averaged 15.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game on the Julius Erving-led Nets team that won the 1974 ABA Championship.
He 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.
But after averaging a double-double in consecutive seasons with the Nets, Kenon was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Swen Nater, joining the Spurs in their last ABA season, where he averaged 18.7 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.
In the Spurs’ inaugural NBA season, Kenon raised his game, averaging 21.9 points and 11.1 rebounds and formed an explosive scoring duo in San Antonio with George Gervin.
In each of the four seasons they were teammates, the “Iceman” and “Special K”, both averaged at least 20 points per game, aside from averaging 20+ points, Kenon also averaged 10.7 rebounds during his four seasons in San Antonio and was named to the NBA All-Star team in 1978 and 1979.
In a December 26, 1976 game against the Kansas City Kings at Kemper Arena, which San Antonio won 110-105, Kenon set an NBA record for steals in a game with eleven.
He also recorded 29 points and 15 rebounds for a rare points-rebounds-steals triple-double feat.
Kenon’s 21.2 points per game is the third highest scoring average in Spurs’ history and his 10.7 rebounds per game ranks third among forwards (behind Dennis Rodman and Tim Duncan).
However, after the 1979-80 season Kenon signed with the Chicago Bulls.
While his minutes per game went down in Chicago, he still managed to average 14.1 points per game but that would be his last effective season.
In his seven NBA seasons, Kenon played a total of 503 games and scored 8,535 career points. His NBA and ABA totals were 12,954 points for a 17.2 average.