Kenneth “Kenny” Anderson (born October 9, 1970) is a retired American basketball player. After a college career at Georgia Institute of Technology, he played point guard professionally from 1991 to 2006, mostly in the National Basketball Association.
Anderson was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the second pick in the 1991 NBA Draft. He was the youngest player in the league at that time. He averaged seven points, two rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. In Anderson’s second season he nearly doubled his point, rebound, and assist averages. In his third season, he averaged 18.8 ppg and 9.6 apg. Anderson and teammate Derrick Coleman represented the East squad in the 1994 NBA All-Star Game. He was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in 1996.
Anderson has played for the Nets, Hornets (including both Charlotte and New Orleans franchises), Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics and the Indiana Pacers, and split a season for the Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers.
In 1998, Portland traded Anderson to the Toronto Raptors for Damon Stoudamire, but he refused to report to the team because he did not want to play in Canada. The Raptors traded him to the Celtics for Chauncey Billups.
Anderson was released from Lithuania’s Zalgiris Kaunas after the 2005–06 season.
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Star (1994)
Consensus first-team All-American (1991)
Second-team All-American – NABC (1990)
Third-team All-American – AP (1990)
2× First-team All-ACC (1990, 1991)
Competitor for United States
FIBA World Championship
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Buenos Aires National team
Silver medal – second place 1990 Seattle National team