(born November 10, 1984 in Nederland
) is an America
player who plays as a center
for the Oklahoma City Thunder
of the NBA
During his time with the Boston Celtics
, Perkins established himself as an important low-post defender who was capable of defending the league's top centers, despite not posting high scoring numbers.
Perkins graduated from Clifton J. Ozen High School
in Beaumont, Texas
in 2003 where he led Ozen High to four consecutive district championships and one state championship during his high school career. Averaging 27.5 points, 16.4 rebounds and 7.8 blocked shots a game as a Senior, he led Ozen to a 33–1 record, with the only loss being a 66–54 setback to Fort Worth Dunbar in the state 4A championship game. In 2003, Perkins was selected to the McDonald's All-American
game for high-school players. He had originally committed to the University of Memphis
, but opted instead to make the jump to the NBA
straight out of high school.
The 6'10" center
was drafted in the first round with the 27th pick of the 2003 NBA Draft
by the Memphis Grizzlies
, but was immediately traded along with Marcus Banks
to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Troy Bell
and Dahntay Jones
, who had been selected by the Celtics in the same draft.
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