Kelenna David Azubuike is a professional basketball player from Nigeria, but was born in England. Azubuike was denied British citizenship on account of his parents facing immigration issues when he was born. He moved to the USA when he was young and went to the Victory Christian School. He played basketball in high school and his talent was quickly spotted by Tubby Smith, the coach for the University of Kentucky.

The recognition was mainly due to the 3,530 points he had accumulated in his high school years, also becoming the second highest all-time scorer in the history of Oklahoma prep basketball. He was also named to the “Super 5”, a listing of the top five players in the state of Oklahoma but unlike others, Azubuike was the only one to have his name appear thrice in the list.

In his college years, Azubuike had a respectable 15 point average per game in his junior year, after which he signed up for the NBA Draft. The 2005 NBA Draft didn’t go so well for Azubuike who was left undrafted. He decided to play some pre-season matches with the Cleveland Cavaliers but before the start of regular season, was waived off.

Position Shooting Guard
Born 16 Dec 1983
Nationality Nigeria Nigeria
Team History
Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 2012
Golden State Warriors GSW 2007 - 2010

Azubuike moved to the Forth Worth Flyers in the NBA’s D-League and in his rookie season, won everything there was to win however, he failed to help his team win the D-League title, a game they lost to the Albuquerque Thunderbirds.

In August of 2006, the Houston Rockets signed Azubuike to their training camp however, a couple of months later, he was waived off having played just two presentation games. He went back to the Forth Worth Flyers and finished the season with an average of 26 points per game with 5 rebounds.

In 2007, the Golden State Warriors were looking for replacements for their injured backline. At a time when the Warriors were involved in an 8-player trade, Azubuike made his NBA debut against the LA Clippers and scored 28 points with 7 rebounds. At the end of the season, his contract was renewed and although he just received 21 minutes playing time per game, he scored 8 points and 4 rebounds per game.

In July 2008, Azubuike re-signed with the Golden State Warriors to continue his playing commitment to the team.

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