Ennis Whatley

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Ennis Whatley
Personal information
Born (1962-08-11) August 11, 1962 (age 56)
Birmingham, Alabama
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight177 lb (80 kg)
Career information
High schoolPhillips (Birmingham, Alabama)
CollegeAlabama (1981–1983)
NBA draft1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Kansas City Kings
Playing career1983–1998
PositionPoint guard
Number3, 2, 1, 4, 8
Career history
19831985Chicago Bulls
1985Cleveland Cavaliers
1986Washington Bullets
1986San Antonio Spurs
1986–1987Washington Bullets
1988Atlanta Hawks
1989Los Angeles Clippers
1989San Miguel Beermen
1990Presto Tivolis
1992Portland Trail Blazers
1992–1993Hapoel Gvat/Yagur
19931995Atlanta Hawks
1997Portland Trail Blazers
1997–1998Žalgiris Kaunas
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ennis Whatley (born August 11, 1962) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Kansas City Kings in the first round (13th overall) of the 1983 NBA draft. Whatley played in ten NBA seasons. A 6'3" (1.90 m) and 177 lb (80 kg) guard, he played for the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Bullets, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers.

Whatley's best year as a professional came during the 1986–87 season as a Bullet, when he appeared in 73 games and averaged 8.5 points per game (ppg). In 10 NBA seasons, Whatley played in a total of 385 games and scored 2,150 points, thus averaging 5.6 ppg.

He also holds the record for assists per game in Bulls history, averaging 7 assists per game.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Whatley attended Phillips High School and the University of Alabama.

Career in the Philippines[edit]

Whatley had experienced some success in the Philippines when he played as an import in the Philippine Basketball Association in 1989. In the Reinforced Conference of that season, he helped the San Miguel Beermen become only the second team in PBA history to achieve the Grand Slam by leading them to the third and final conference championship, he came in as a replacement for former Indiana University standout and future Sacramento Kings coach Keith Smart, who was sent home after five games.

Whatley would return to the PBA in 1990, playing for Presto Tivoli.

Life After Basketball[edit]

Whatley is now a public speaker for Inspire LLP.

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