Ken Bannister

Kenneth Darnell "Ken" Bannister (born April 1, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player, from Baltimore, Maryland. At 6'9" tall he was a power forward-center.

Ken Bannister
Personal information
Born (1960-04-01) April 1, 1960 (age 60)
Baltimore, Maryland
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolSouthwestern (Baltimore, Maryland)
NBA draft1984 / Round: 7 / Pick: 156th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1984–2000
PositionPower forward / Center
Number1, 51
Career history
1984–1985New York Knicks
1985Long Island Knights
1985–1986New York Knicks
1986, 1987Staten Island Stallions
1986–1987Hapoel Holon
1987Quad City Thunder
1987–1988Mississippi Jets
1988Jersey Shore Bucs
1988–1989Wichita Falls Texans
1989Rockford Lightning
19881991Los Angeles Clippers
1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996Miami Tropics / Treasure Coast Tropics
1991Albany Patroons / Capital Region Pontiacs
Halifax Windjammers
1993–1994Tau Cerámica
1996Joventut Badalona
1997Atléticos de San Germán
1997Estudiantes de Olavarría
1998Titanes de Morovis
1999–2000Ipiranga Santa Catarina
Career highlights and awards
  • USBL champion (1993)
  • USBL Player of the Year (1993)
  • USBL Top Scorer (1993)
Career NBA statistics
Stats at

College careerEdit

Bannister played college basketball at Trinidad State Junior College, Indiana State University, and Saint Augustine's College.

Professional careerEdit

Bannister was selected by the New York Knicks, in the 7th round (156th overall), of the 1984 NBA Draft. Bannister played in 5 NBA seasons. He played for the Knicks, from 1984 to 1986, and the Los Angeles Clippers, from 1988 to 1991. In his NBA career, Bannister played in 253 games, and scored a total of 1,501 points. His best season as a professional came during the 1985-86 NBA season, as a member of the Knicks, appearing in 70 games, and averaging 8.6 points per game.

During the 1986-87 season, he played in Israel, with Hapoel Holon.

Bannister served as player-coach for the Treasure Coast Tropics of the United States Basketball League (USBL) in 1996.[1]


  1. ^ Diamant, Jeff (12 May 1996). "Tropics not hot, but fans take a shot". The Palm Beach Post. p. 27. Retrieved 11 November 2020.

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