Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

Kaminsky in 2012
No. 44 Charlotte Hornets
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1993-04-04) April 4, 1993
Winfield, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Benet Academy (Lisle, Illinois)
College Wisconsin (2011–2015)
NBA draft 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Playing career 2015–present
Career history
2015–present Charlotte Hornets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Francis Stanley "Frank" Kaminsky III[1] (born April 4, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously played four years of college basketball for the Wisconsin Badgers where he holds the Wisconsin single game record for points (43).[2][3] He was the unanimous men's National College Player of the Year in 2015.

Early life and high school career

Kaminsky's father, Frank Jr., played basketball at Lewis University. His mother, Mary, played volleyball at Northwestern.[4] In 1998, when he was 5 years old, his aunt and uncle worked for the Chicago Bulls and he had access to the practice facility when Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and Randy Brown were there.[5]

Kaminsky attended Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois. He was named first-team all-state by the Chicago Sun-Times and IBCA and second-team all-state by the AP after averaging 14.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.2 blocks and 2.8 assists during his senior season. He led the Redwings to a 29-1 season after being defeated in the Sectional Semifinals by the East Aurora Tomcats that were led by Connecticut Huskies superstar and National Champion Ryan Boatright. He was also named all-area, all-conference and East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year.

College career

Freshman season

Kaminsky played in 35 of 36 games as a freshman. He scored a season-high nine points against UMKC on November 22, 2011.

Sophomore season

Kaminsky played in 32 games, starting the first two games of the season. He finished the season averaging 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He led the team in free-throw percentage at 76.7%. He posted a season-high 19 points at Illinois on February 3, 2013.

Junior season

On November 19, 2013, Kaminsky broke the Wisconsin single game scoring record with 43 points against North Dakota.[6] Kaminsky shot 16 of 19 from the field, including six of six from 3-point range and five of six from the free throw line. The previous Wisconsin single game record was 42 points set by Ken Barnes (vs. Indiana on March 8, 1965) and Michael Finley (vs. Eastern Michigan on December 10, 1994).

At the conclusion of the regular season, Kaminsky was named to the First Team All-Big Ten.[7]

On March 29, 2014, Kaminsky scored 28 points and had 11 rebounds as Wisconsin defeated #1 seeded Arizona 64–63 in overtime during the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Final Four. After the game, Kaminsky was named West Regional Most Outstanding Player.[8]

Senior season

Ahead of the 2014 season Kaminsky was named the Big Ten preseason player of the year.[9] The Badgers were unanimously picked to win the Big Ten Championship.[10]

The Badgers and Kaminsky validated those lofty preseason predictions. The Badgers boasted a 36-3 record in games Kaminsky played. They won the Big Ten regular season title (with a 16-2 record) and the Big Ten tournament title. After becoming the first NCAA tournament 1-seed in school history, they made their way to their second consecutive Final Four. There, they avenged their previous season's loss to Kentucky, upsetting the 38-0 Wildcats 71-64 behind Kaminsky's 20 points and 11 rebounds. In the Badgers' first national championship game in 74 years, they lost a 9-point second-half lead and were defeated 68-63 by the Duke Blue Devils. Kaminsky finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds. For the season, Kaminsky finished with 18.8 PPG and 8.2 RPG, despite playing for a team that ranked 346 out of 351 in adjusted tempo. He led the nation in PER, an efficiency-based stat. Additionally, Wisconsin boasted the highest adjusted offensive efficiency in KenPom history.

Kaminsky was named consensus first-team All-American.[11] On March 31, 2015 he was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches Player of the Year.[12] On April 3 he was named Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year, the first Wisconsin player to receive the award since its creation in 1961.[13] He also received the Oscar Robertson Trophy as the United States Basketball Writers Association College Player of the Year.[14] On April 5, he was named the Naismith College Player of the Year.[15] On April 10, he won both the John R. Wooden Award and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.[16] On June 12 Kaminsky was named University of Wisconsin's Male Athlete of the Year.[17]

College statistics

2011–12 Wisconsin 35 0 7.7 .411 .286 .500 1.4 .3 .1 .4 1.8
2012–13 Wisconsin 32 2 10.3 .439 .311 .767 1.8 .8 .4 .5 4.2
2013–14 Wisconsin 38 38 27.2 .528 .378 .765 6.3 1.3 .7 1.7 13.9
2014–15 Wisconsin 39 39 33.6 .547 .416 .780 8.2 2.6 .8 1.5 18.8
Career 144 79 20.4 .522 .369 .763 4.6 1.3 .5 1.1 10.1

Professional career

Charlotte Hornets (2015–present)

On June 25, 2015, Kaminsky was selected with the ninth overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2015 NBA draft.[18] On July 2, 2015, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Hornets.[19] He had a slow start to his career, averaging just 3.1 points in 11.6 minutes over his first 10 games before recording his first career double-digit scoring game with 11 points against the Brooklyn Nets on November 18.[20] On December 2, he scored a then season-high 16 points in a loss to the Golden State Warriors, earning increased minutes with starting center Al Jefferson out injured.[21] On December 23, he had a season-best game with 23 points and 7 rebounds in a loss to the Boston Celtics.[22] On March 22, 2016, he made just his second career start, starting in place of Marvin Williams at power forward and recording 14 points and 7 rebounds in a 105–100 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[23] On April 10, he recorded 18 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in a 113–98 loss to the Washington Wizards.[24] The Hornets finished the regular season as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 48–34 record. In the first round of the playoffs, the Hornets faced the third-seeded Miami Heat, and in a Game 3 win on April 23, Kaminsky recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds.[25]

On June 28, 2016, Kaminsky was ruled out of the 2016 NBA Summer League after requiring a minor procedure to repair a small pocket of air in his chest wall, with an expected recovery time of six weeks.[26] He made his 2016–17 season debut in the team's third game of the season on October 29, recording 11 points and four rebounds off the bench in a 104–98 loss to the Boston Celtics.[27] On November 21, he tied a career high with 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting against the Memphis Grizzlies, but his night ended badly when he left with less than three minutes to play with a sprained left ankle.[28]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2015–16 Charlotte 81 3 21.1 .410 .337 .730 4.1 1.2 .5 .5 7.5
Career 81 3 21.1 .410 .337 .730 4.1 1.2 .5 .5 7.5


2016 Charlotte 7 5 27.1 .304 .294 .810 4.3 1.1 .9 .7 7.1
Career 7 5 27.1 .304 .294 .810 4.3 1.1 .9 .7 7.1


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  2. "Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky nets school record 43 points in rout". USA Today. Associated Press. November 19, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  3. Bergeron, Elena (December 27, 2013). "Three and change". ESPN. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  4. "Frank Kaminsky Bio". Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  5. "Frank Kaminsky: Badgers to be great". ESPN. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  6. "School Record 43 points from Frank Kaminsky power UW past North Dakota". Retrieved December 26, 2013.
  7. "Big Ten Announces 2014 Men's Basketball Postseason Honors: Michigan's Stauskas named Big Ten Player of the Year". CBS Interactive. March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  8. Schnell, Lindsay (April 2, 2014). "In a family of athletes, Frank Kaminsky Jr. finally finds his moment". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on April 5, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  9. Potrykus, Jeff (October 16, 2014). "Frank Kaminsky named Big Ten preseason player of the year". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  10. Temple, Jesse (October 16, 2014). "Wisconsin Badgers unanimous pick to win Big Ten basketball title". FOX Sports.
  11. "AP honor makes Kaminsky a consensus All-American". March 30, 2015.
  12. "Kaminsky Named NABC POY". Big Ten Conference. March 31, 2015.
  13. "Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky chosen AP Player of the Year". Indianapolis Star. Associated Press. April 3, 2015.
  14. Frank Kaminsky Wins 2015 Oscar Robertson, Associated Press Player of Year Awards. Bleacher Report (2015-04-03). Retrieved on 2015-11-07.
  15. Frank Kaminsky Named 2015 Naismith Men's College Player of the Year. Bleacher Report. Retrieved on 2015-11-07.
  16. "Kaminsky adds more hardware, wins Center of Year award". Fox Sports. April 10, 2015.
  17. "Kaminsky, Martin named UW's Athletes of the Year". June 12, 2015.
  18. "Hornets Select Frank Kaminsky with No. 9 Pick in 2015 NBA Draft". June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  19. "Hornets Sign 2015 First-Round Draft Pick Frank Kaminsky". July 2, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  20. Frank Kaminsky 2015-16 Game Log
  21. Curry scores 40, Warriors top Hornets 116-99 to go 20-0
  22. Olynyk scores 20 as Celtics hold off Hornets, win
  23. Batum scores 23 points, Hornets beat Nets 105-100
  24. Gortat scores 21 points as Wizards upset Hornets, 113-98
  25. Hornets snap 14-year playoff drought, beat Heat 96-80
  26. Injury Update: Kaminsky to Miss Summer League
  27. Bradley hits 8 3s, Celtics beat Hornets 104-98
  28. Conley, Grizzlies top Hornets 105-90 for 5th straight win

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