Frank Kaminsky

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Frank Kaminsky
Frank Kaminsky 2012.jpg
Kaminsky with Wisconsin in 2012
Free agent
PositionPower forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1993-04-04) April 4, 1993 (age 29)
Winfield, Illinois
NationalityAmerican / Serbian
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolBenet Academy (Lisle, Illinois)
CollegeWisconsin (2011–2015)
NBA draft2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Playing career2015–present
Career history
20152019Charlotte Hornets
20192022Phoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Francis Stanley Kaminsky III[1](Serbian Cyrillic: Францис Стенли Камински III; born April 4, 1993) is an American-Serbian professional basketball player who last played for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Wisconsin Badgers.

During his college basketball career, Kaminsky set the Wisconsin single-game record for points (43).[2][3] He was the unanimous men's National College Player of the Year in 2015. Kaminsky was drafted ninth overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2015 NBA draft. He played with Charlotte for four seasons before signing with the Suns as a free agent in July 2019. With the Suns, he reached the NBA Finals in 2021.

Early life and high school career

Kaminsky's father, Frank Jr., played basketball at Lewis University. His mother, Mary, played volleyball at Northwestern.[4] Kaminsky, who is of Polish and Serbian ancestry,[5] grew up in Woodridge, Illinois in a Serbian community.[6][7] In 1998, when he was 5 years old, his aunt Karen Stack Umlauf and uncle Jim Stack worked for the Chicago Bulls, and he had access to the practice facility when Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and Randy Brown were on the team.[8] Until high school, Kaminsky participated in basketball tournaments organized by Serb National Federation as a member of the Serbian Eagles A.C.[9][7]

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. Kaminsky's jersey number, 44, was retired in a ceremony at Benet Academy on November 18, 2017.[10]

Kaminsky has stated that his family had Chicago White Sox season tickets when he was a child and has described himself as a "die-hard White Sox fan." He threw out the first pitch at a White Sox game against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 21, 2015, stating in a pre-game interview that a saying in his family was, "We have two favorite teams in the MLB, the White Sox and whoever is playing the Cubs."[11]

College career

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

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.

On November 19, 2013, Kaminsky broke the Wisconsin single-game scoring record with 43 points against North Dakota.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

Ahead of the 2014 season, Kaminsky was named the Big Ten preseason player of the year.[15] The Badgers were unanimously picked to win the Big Ten Championship.[16]

The Badgers and Kaminsky validated those predictions. The Badgers had 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.[17] 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, he finished with 18.8 PPG and 8.2 RPG, despite playing for a team that ranked 346th out of 351 in adjusted tempo. He led the nation in PER, an efficiency-based stat. Wisconsin boasted the highest adjusted offensive efficiency in KenPom history.

Kaminsky was named consensus first-team All-American.[18] On March 31, 2015, he was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches Player of the Year.[19] 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.[20] He also received the Oscar Robertson Trophy as the United States Basketball Writers Association College Player of the Year.[21] On April 5, he was named the Naismith College Player of the Year.[22] On April 10, he won both the John R. Wooden Award and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.[23] On June 12 Kaminsky was named University of Wisconsin's Male Athlete of the Year.[24]

Professional career

Charlotte Hornets (2015–2019)

On June 25, 2015, Kaminsky was selected with the ninth overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2015 NBA draft.[25] On December 2, he scored 16 points in a 116–99 loss to the Golden State Warriors, earning increased minutes with starting center Al Jefferson out injured.[26] On December 23, he scored a then career-high 23 points in a 102–89 loss to the Boston Celtics.[27] On December 30, he had his second 20-point outing of the season in a 122–117 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.[28] On April 10, 2016, he recorded 18 points and a then career-high 11 rebounds in a 113–98 loss to the Washington Wizards.[29] In Game 3 of the Hornets' first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat, Kaminsky scored 15 points in a 96–80 win.[30]

On November 21, 2016, Kaminsky tied a career high with 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting in a 105–90 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.[31] On February 1, 2017, he set a new career high with 24 points off the bench in a 126–111 loss to the Golden State Warriors.[32] He topped that mark on February 15, scoring 27 points in a 90–85 loss to the Toronto Raptors.[33] On February 25, he recorded 23 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in a 99–85 win over the Sacramento Kings.[34] On April 8, he recorded a then career-high 7 assists in a loss to the Boston Celtics.[34]

On November 20, 2017, Kaminsky scored a season-high 24 points in a 118–102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[35] On December 18, he scored 24 points in a 109–91 win over the New York Knicks.[36] On April 10, 2018, he scored 24 points in a 119–93 win over the Indiana Pacers.[37]

On November 21, 2018, after scoring just nine points over the Hornets' first 16 games of the 2018–19 season, Kaminsky had 11 points off the bench in a 127–109 win over the Pacers.[38] He lost his spot in the rotation in 2018–19 under new coach James Borrego, appearing in just 26 games at the conclusion of February.[39] On March 1, 2019, he was inserted into the rotation to combat zone defense with his passing ability, going on to score 15 points in a 123–112 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[39] On April 5, he recorded 22 points and 13 rebounds in a 113–111 win over the Raptors.[40] Two days later, he scored a season-high 24 points in a 104–91 win over the Detroit Pistons.[41]

Phoenix Suns (2019–2022)

On July 17, 2019, Kaminsky signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Phoenix Suns.[42][43][44] Kaminsky scored a season-high 24 points in a 115–108 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on December 11. Entering 2020, Kaminsky was initially sidelined with a right knee injury before having a left patella stress fracture sideline him for most of the rest of the season. He returned to action during the 2020 NBA Bubble period on July 31, 2020, helping the Suns with a 125–112 win over the Washington Wizards.[45] Kaminsky ultimately helped the team out by coming off the bench for the majority of the rest of the season, ending with a 8-0 record in the 2020 NBA Bubble, having a winning streak of at least 8 games for the first time since March 2010.[46]

On November 19, 2020, Kaminsky had his second year on his contract waived off, entering free agency early. On November 29, Kaminsky signed with the Sacramento Kings,[47][48] but was later waived by the Kings on December 20 after appearing in four preseason games.[49] Once he cleared waivers, Kaminsky was re-signed by the Suns on a more team-friendly, one-year deal that season.[50] On January 28, 2021, he was two assists shy from a triple-double night, recording 12 points, 13 rebounds, and a career-high 8 assists off the bench in a 114–93 blowout win over the Golden State Warriors.[51] Later moving up to a starting power forward role in February, Kaminsky had another near-triple-double performance on February 10 with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and a career-tying 8 assists in a close 125–124 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[52] Kaminsky reached his first NBA Finals, but the Suns lost the series in 6 games to the Milwaukee Bucks.[53]

On August 4, 2021, Kaminsky re-signed with the Suns on a one-year, $1.2 million deal.[54] On November 10, Kaminsky scored a career-high 31 points in a 119–109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.[55] On November 21, he was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right knee and was ruled out indefinitely.[56] On January 6, 2022, Kaminsky underwent a procedure on his right knee and was ruled out for at least two months.[57] On April 7, 2022, Kaminsky was waived.[58]

National team career

In November 2019, coach Igor Kokoškov announced that inviting Kaminsky to the Serbia national team is under consideration.[59][7]

Career statistics

Legend
  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

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Charlotte 81 3 21.1 .410 .337 .730 4.1 1.2 .5 .5 7.5
2016–17 Charlotte 75 16 26.1 .399 .328 .756 4.5 2.2 .6 .5 11.7
2017–18 Charlotte 79 4 23.2 .429 .380 .799 3.6 1.6 .5 .2 11.1
2018–19 Charlotte 47 0 16.1 .463 .360 .738 3.5 1.3 .3 .3 8.6
2019–20 Phoenix 39 13 19.9 .450 .331 .678 4.5 1.9 .4 .3 9.7
2020–21 Phoenix 47 13 15.2 .471 .365 .617 4.0 1.7 .3 .4 6.6
2021–22 Phoenix 9 0 20.1 .545 .333 .900 4.6 1.4 .9 .8 10.6
Career 377 49 21.0 .429 .348 .743 4.1 1.6 .4 .4 9.4

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016 Charlotte 7 5 27.1 .304 .294 .810 4.3 1.1 .9 .7 7.1
2021 Phoenix 10 0 6.8 .455 .200 1.000 1.4 1.4 .2 .3 2.2
Career 17 5 15.2 .353 .273 .818 2.6 1.3 .5 .5 4.2

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
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

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