Larry Joe Kenon
(born December 13 1952
in Birmingham, Alabama
) is an American
former professional basketball
A 6'9" forward who had a productive career in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA), Kenon played for the New York Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kenon transferred from Amarillo College
to play basketball at Memphis State University
. In his junior year, 1972-73, he averaged 20.1 points and 16.7 rebounds per game and led the Tigers to the NCAA championship game
, where they were defeated by the Bill Walton
-led UCLA Bruins
. After that season, Kenon left Memphis State and turned pro.
In 1973 the Detroit Pistons
selected Kenon in the third round (15th pick overall) of the NBA Draft
. He was also drafted by the Memphis Tams
of the ABA, but the New York Nets secured his draft rights. During his 1973-74 rookie season
with the Nets Kenon averaged 15.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. He also won the 1974 ABA Championship
playing alongside Julius Erving
After averaging 18.7 points during the 1974-75 season Kenon was traded to San Antonio for Swen Nater. Once again he averaged 18.7 points and 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 would form an explosive scoring duo in San Antonio with George Gervin
. In each of the four seasons the two were teammates after the NBA/ABA 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
. 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), his production during those minutes did not. 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.