As a Seattle SuperSonics legend, Shawn Kemp wore plenty of green throughout his career.
An impactful Sonics play alongside star point guard Gary Payton, Kemp earned over $90 million in an underrated basketball career. Now, Kemp is adding more green to his portfolio — and it has only partially involves his bank account.
Shawn Kemp was a Seattle SuperSonics legend
The 17th overall pick in the 1989 NBA draft, Shawn Kemp had a terrific yet under shadowed career.
Standing 6 feet 10 inches and weighing 230 pounds, Kemp brought size to a Seattle SuperSonics team ready to make noise in the Western Conference. Kemp averaged 16.2 points on 52.1% shooting from the field and 9.6 rebounds in 625 games (461 starts) for the Sonics from 1989-97.
Kemp made five All-Star teams and appeared on the All-NBA second-team in those eight seasons.
The talented big man averaged another 18.6 points and 10.6 boards across 74 career playoff games in Seattle.
Among Kemp’s highlights in Seattle include a 42-point game on Dec. 10, 1994, in a five-point victory over the Clippers. Kemp had a 20-point, 10-block, eight-rebound game against the Los Angeles Lakers in January 1991.
In news that likely made Ice Cube happy, the Lakers beat the SuperSonics that day.
Kemp had an underrated career
Seattle traded Shawn Kemp to the Cleveland Cavaliers weeks before the 1997-98 season opened.
Kemp averaged 18 points and 9.3 rebounds en route to an All-Star nod. The next year, Kemp averaged 20.5 points in the strike-shortened 1998-99 season.
By the time the 2000-01 season began, though, Kemp was a backup big man in Portland and spent two seasons in that role.
Kemp closed his career averaging 6.8 points and grabbing 5.7 rebounds in 79 games (55 starts) for the Orlando Magic in 2002-03.
Shawn Kemp retired with career averages of 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He still has not entered the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and, considering the candidates ahead of him, that may not change anytime soon.
According to Basketball-Reference, Kemp ranks 29th in win shares (89.5) among potential 2021 Hall of Fame candidates. No one is talking about Andre Miller (100.8) or Amar’e Stoudemire (92.5) as Hall of Fame players, and both are ahead of Kemp.
Shawn Kemp just opened a pot dispensary
According to Basketball-Reference, Shawn Kemp made over $91 million in his NBA career.
Although Kemp battled financial problems in retirement, his newest venture could greatly benefit his portfolio and bank account.
Kemp opened a pot dispensary, Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis, in Seattle on October 30.
In an interview with NBC-5 in Seattle, Kemp acknowledged the stakes that came with his new business venture.
“This is a lot of responsibility, I didn’t just jump into this. I needed the right plan and the right partners for this. I have that and this is just the first of five locations that will be opening up pretty soon.”
Longtime Sonics teammate Gary Payton attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Kemp said he and his partners are working with Washington State Legislative Task Force on Equity in Cannabis, a group aiming to promote and create diversity in the cannabis industry.
All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.