Vandeweghe is the son of former NBA player Ernie Vandeweghe and Colleen Kay Hutchins, the winner of the 1952 Miss America pageant. He is also the nephew of another NBA player, four-time All-Star Mel Hutchins. He has a niece CoCo Vandeweghe who is a tennis player on the junior circuit.
As a player, Vandeweghe was regarded as a poor defensive player and rebounder, but an excellent scorer and outside shooter. His offensive repertoire was essentially limited to a single move, the jab step, but he was so proficient at this lone move that it was often referred to as the "Kiki Move" toward the end of his career. Vandeweghe's teams qualified for the NBA Playoffs in 12 of his 13 seasons in the league, although none of his teams ever won the NBA Championship.
In the summer of 1984, Vandeweghe was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Calvin Natt, Wayne Cooper, Fat Lever, and two draft picks. Vandeweghe had several productive seasons in Portland, where he averaged nearly 25 points a game. He paired with Clyde Drexler to form a dynamic scoring duo. However, during the 1987-1988 season, Vandeweghe suffered a back injury and lost his starting job to Jerome Kersey. He was traded the next year to the New York Knicks (where his father played his entire career); with whom he played for several years apart from half a season with the Los Angeles Clippers before retiring from the league after the 1992-1993 season.
He spent 2006-07 as an NBA analyst for ESPN, appearing on the channel's SportsCenter and KIA NBA Shootaround programs among others. However, on December 31, 2007, the Nets announced that Vandeweghe would join the team as a special assistant to team president and general manager Rod Thorn. Vandeweghe replaced Ed Stefanski, who left the Nets to join the Philadelphia 76ers earlier in the month. Stefanski replaced Billy King as the 76ers general manager. A team news release said that Vandeweghe's duties will include working with Thorn to prepare for the 2008 NBA draft and "in the evaluation of current and future player personnel."
Kiki is also a motivational speaker.
A MODEL GM KIKI VANDEWEGHE'S KNACK FOR BUSINESS HAS DRIVEN NUGGETS FROM LAUGHINGSTOCK TO PLAYOFFS - AND IN LESS TIME THAN ANYONE IMAGINED.(Sports)
Jun 26, 2004; Byline: Chris Tomasson, Rocky Mountain News Ever since he was a small boy, Ernest Vandeweghe III has been nicknamed Kiki. Well,...