Van Horn playing for the Mavericks in 2005
|Born||October 23, 1975|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Diamond Bar|
(Diamond Bar, California)
|NBA draft||1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|Position||Power forward / Small forward|
|Number||44, 4, 2|
|1997-2002||New Jersey Nets|
|2003-2004||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||9,206 (16.0 ppg)|
|Rebounds||3,909 (6.8 rpg)|
|Assists||900 (1.6 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Keith Adam Van Horn (born October 23, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player. Van Horn played for the New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
A forward, Van Horn finished his collegiate career at the University of Utah as the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). He was a consensus first-team All-American in 1997. Van Horn was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the second pick in the 1997 NBA draft and was traded to the New Jersey Nets on draft night. In his first NBA season, he was named to the 1997 NBA All-Rookie Team. Van Horn played for the Nets from 1997 to 2002, leading the team in scoring in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons, finishing fifth in the NBA in scoring in the 1998-99 season, and was a key member of the 2001-02 Nets' team that made the NBA Finals. He would also go on to play for the 76ers, the New York Knicks, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Dallas Mavericks. Van Horn averaged 16 points and nearly seven rebounds per game during his NBA career.
Van Horn graduated from Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, California and attended the University of Utah. Rick Majerus recruited him to replace departing star Josh Grant. He played for Utah from 1993 to 1997 and received numerous All American awards during his career at Utah. In Van Horn's first season, he averaged a Utah-freshman record 18.3 points on 51 percent shooting and 8.3 rebounds per game even though his father died during the freshman year. As a sophomore, Van Horn led his team to the NCAA Tournament.
He is well known for his last second heroics, making back to back game winning shots against SMU and New Mexico in the 1997 WAC Conference Tournament. In 1997, he shot 90.4 percent from the free throw line and averaged 22.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game to lead the Utes to a 29-4 finish and #2 national ranking, the highest in school history. This led to advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. As a senior in 1997, he was a consensus first team All American selection and was named ESPN Men's College Player of the Year.
Among his collegiate accomplishments is being the first player in WAC history to be named Player of the Year three times (1995,1996,1997), being the second player in WAC history to make first team all-WAC four years in a row and being the all-time leading scorer in University of Utah and WAC history with 2,542 points. Van Horn is the University of Utah career leader in points, defensive rebounds, three-point field goals made, free throw percentage and is second in total rebounds. He averaged 20.8 points and 8.8 rebounds in his collegiate career. His #44 basketball jersey was retired by the University of Utah in 1998. In February 2008, he was among 16 players named to the University of Utah's "All-Century" basketball team. Van Horn was inducted to Utah's Crimson Club Hall of Fame in 2012.
Van Horn was drafted as the second overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers; however, his rights were immediately traded to the New Jersey Nets along with Michael Cage, Lucious Harris and Don MacLean in exchange for the draft rights to Tim Thomas and Anthony Parker and player contracts of Jim Jackson and Eric Montross.
Van Horn played for the Nets from 1997 to 2002. He was named to NBA All-Rookie First Team in his first season, averaging a team leading 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds and leading the Nets to the 1998 NBA Playoffs, where they were swept in three games by the Chicago Bulls. His best season as came in 1999, where he averaged a team-leading 21.8 points per game (fifth in the NBA) as well as 8.5 rebounds per game. He was an important part of the 2001-02 Nets team that won the Eastern Conference Finals, leading the team in rebounding and placing second in scoring, but was eventually swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2002 NBA Finals. He hit the game-winning three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to send the Nets to the NBA Finals. He ranks in the Nets' top ten in several statistical categories including points, field goals made, three-point field goals made and attempted, and offensive and defensive rebounds.
On August 6, 2002, Van Horn was traded to his original team, the Philadelphia 76ers, along with Todd MacCulloch for center Dikembe Mutombo. He spent one year with the 76ers placing second on the team in scoring and rebounding while the 76ers made the second round of the NBA playoffs.
After spending the year with the 76ers he was traded to the New York Knicks in a four team deal that also included the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves. His stint with the Knicks, although productive, was short; on February 16, 2004, he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in a three team trade for Tim Thomas.
In order to make salary cap room for the signing of free-agent-to-be Michael Redd in the coming off-season, on February 24, 2005, the Bucks traded Van Horn to the Dallas Mavericks for the expiring contracts of Alan Henderson, Calvin Booth and cash. He spent nearly two seasons with the Mavericks playing a key sixth man role and helping the Mavericks win the Western Conference Finals before losing in the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat.
Following the 2005-06 season, he took a year off in order to spend time with his family. On February 19, 2008, Van Horn signed a three-year deal (only the first year guaranteed) with the Mavericks in order to help complete a blockbuster trade that sent Jason Kidd from the Nets to the Mavericks and Devin Harris to the Nets. As expected, Van Horn did not play at all for the Nets and was waived on October 23, 2008, and earned $4.3 million without playing.
Van Horn finished his NBA career with averages of 16.0 points per game and nearly seven rebounds per game.
Van Horn's and the Nets' success in his rookie year led him to be the first white player on the cover of SLAM Magazine. He was also on the cover of NBA Jam 99 for the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color.
Van Horn lived in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey during his time with the New Jersey Nets. Keith Van Horn lives in Bow Mar, Colorado, with his wife, Amy, and four children. Van Horn's eldest daughter Sabrina was born near the end of his sophomore year at Utah, followed by his son Nick and two other daughters Noelle and Haley. Sabrina played soccer for Mullen High School in Denver. Van Horn helped coach the basketball teams of his two other daughters. Having counseled Van Horn through the death of his father during his freshman season, Rick Majerus became close to Van Horn and was the godfather of Noelle.
He purchased some on-the-river Colorado land and co-founded the Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing Club but later sold his majority interest in the club. Van Horn has a real estate investment firm; a school for kids with special needs; a mobile software company called Accuworks that created another mobile software company called Branded Business Apps.
Van Horn runs the Colorado Premier Basketball Club, a non-profit youth basketball program involving around 1,000 kids from the Denver area. The club, claimed to be Colorado's largest basketball club, provides leagues, coaching, camps and tournaments for around 1,000 kids from the Denver area.
Marbury, a Brooklyn native, seems to have a strong enough personality to endure being close to home, and Van Horn is content living with his wife and two children in Franklin Lakes, N.J.