Ennis Whatley

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Ennis Whatley (born August 11, 1962 in Birmingham) is a former professional basketball player who was selected by the Kansas City Kings in the 1st round (13th overall) of the 1983 NBA Draft. He attended Phillips High School and followed that with two seasons at the University of Alabama before declaring for the NBA Draft in 1983. While at Alabama, Whatley became a starter instantly as a freshman. He led the Crimson Tide to the SEC Tournament Championship in his freshman year in 1982 and a Sweet 16 appearance in the 1982 NCAA Tournament, where they lost to eventual champion North Carolina. In his sophomore season, Whatley led the Tide to nationally-televised regular season victories over national powers Georgetown, Kentucky, and UCLA, and another NCAA appearance.

Whatley played in 10 NBA seasons. He played for the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Bullets, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. During the 1997-98 season Whatley played for Zalgiris Kaunas and won European Cup.

Whatley's best year as a professional came during the 1986-87 season as a Bullet, appearing 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.

Whatley was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.


  • "Ennis Whatley" (January 11, 2008) Wikipedia - accessed January 11, 2008

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