Born: November 10, 1984 in Nederland, Texas
Kendrick Perkins was born in Nederland, Texas. His parents are Kenneth Perkins and Ercell Minix. Kendrick’s father, Kenneth Perkins played for the Lamar University basketball team between 1981-85 and has been inducted into The Cardinal Hall of fame. His mother Ercell was tragically lost when he was about 5 years of age. His father was absent for his pro career overseas, so he was raised in Beaumont, TX by his grandparents, where he attended Catholic Church and was an altar boy.
Later in the NBA, his competitors were what somewhat puzzled when they tried to reconcile their image of an altar boy and the seriously focused “enforcer” they were up against on the Court.
Kendrick Perkins Height is 6'10. He graduated from Clifton J. Ozen in 2003 where he averaged 27.5 points, 16.4 rebounds, and 7.8 blocks as a Senior. He led Ozen to four consecutive district championships plus one state title and led Ozen to a 33-1 record.
Coming out of high school in his senior year, Kendrick was ranked as No. 3 center and No. 6 high school player in the class of 2003 By Rival.
After graduating high school, Kendrick played 14 seasons in the NBA, winning a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008.
He was at Boston from (2003-2011) He started at center for the 2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics.
From (2011 – 2015), he was with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On February 19, 2015, Perkins was traded to the Utah Jazz and was subsequently waived by the Jazz two days later.
On February 24, 2015, Perkins signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers
On July 28, 2015, through 2016, Perkins was signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. In just under 16 minutes of action as a starter, he recorded 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting and 4 rebounds.
On September 25, 2017, Perkins signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, returning to the franchise for a second stint.
On October 14, 2017, he was waived by the Cavaliers after appearing in three preseason games. He subsequently joined the Cleveland's NBA G League affiliate, the Canton Charge.
On February 9, 2018, he opted to retire from the NBA G League. However, on April 11, 2018, Perkins returned to the Cavaliers, signing a contract for the remainder of the season. The Cavaliers made it to the 2018 NBA Finals, where they lost 4–0 to the Golden State Warriors.
During Perkins career, He was known as an enforcer, an intimidator who would send a message with a hard foul and as a tormentor who wasn't afraid to get in an opponent's face.
Despite his reputation on the court, Kendrick Perkins was also known as the Best Teammate. Even considering Perkins persona as a tough and overwhelming competitor, he provided strength and support to all of his teammates on and off the court.
He encouraged other players to do their best and more. While playing for the Thunder, Perkins developed a reputation for and was tagged by other teammates as the NBA's Best Teammate due in part to his team-first mentality and the way he played in support of other players on his team.
Although his career averages were 5.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, he is widely considered the greatest teammate in modern NBA history.