Ask Chucky Atkins
Posted Apr 9 2002 11:19AM
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Atkins then crossed the ocean and played two seasons for Cibona of Croatia, leading the team to consecutive championships. With this experience under his belt, the Orlando native was able to sign a free agent contract with his hometown Magic and averaged 9.5 points in 19.8 minutes in his first NBA year. He was a Second Team All-Rookie selection in 2000 and finished second on the Magic in assists. But his homecoming was short-lived, as Atkins became part of the package along with Ben Wallace in the trade for Grant Hill with the Pistons.
Atkins continued to grow as a player in Detroit. He became a starter, upping his scoring to 12.0 ppg and his continued his production this season, except now he's on a winning team. He has scored in double figures 42 times and has eight games with at least 20 points. He also ranks among the league leaders in three three-point shooting categories.
Ask him how he got the nickname "Chucky" when his full name is Kenneth Lavon Atkins, how he feels about the Pistons playoff chances, where his two rottweilers sleep or anything else that's on your mind. We'll post his answers to some of the best questions next week, right here on NBA.com.