Random Athlete Of The Day- Kenny Satterfield
Kenny Satterfield, also known as “Serious Satellite,” was born and raised New York City, New York. He attended the well-known Rice High School in Harlem, an alumni base which includes Felipe Lopez, Edgar Sosa, Kemba Walker and Durand Scott. The exciting point guard developed into a McDonald’s All-American and committed to Cincinnati.
As a freshman he joined a dangerous team made up of Kenyon Martin, DeMarr Johnson, Steve Logan and Pete Mickeal. Satterfield contributed immediately averaging 9.2 ppg, 5.4 apg, and 3.4 rpg on a team that went 29-4 and 16-0 in the Conference USA. However Cincinnati took a significant turn for the worst when star player Kenyon Martin broke his right fibula in the Conference USA quarterfinals. The Bearcats were upset by Tulsa in the second round of tournament.
As a sophomore Satterfield paired up with Steve Logan as the team’s leaders and helped the Bearcats to a 25-10 record. Satterfield averaged 14.4 ppg, 5.1 apg, and 4.7 rpg leading Cincinnati to a Sweet 16 appearance, taking down BYU and Kent State before losing to Stanford. Satterfield was satisfied with his collegiate play and believed he was ready for the next level. He fell to the second round and was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2001 NBA Draft.
Three months after the Draft, Satterfield was traded to the Denver Nuggets for a future second round draft pick. As a rookie he played in 36 games and averaged 5.3 ppg and three apg in 15.6 mpg. The next season he played for the Nuggets until he was waived in mid-December.
Although his statistical contributions for the Nuggets weren’t significant, he is responsible for possibly the most important nickname of our generation, “Birdman.” Yes, Satterfield coined Chris Anderson’s nickname “Birdman” to describe his hops in summer league play. This automatically makes Satterfield one of the most underrated players of all-time.
Five days after he was waived he was claimed by the Philadelphia 76ers, where he would only play 17 more game before his NBA career came to an end.
After the NBA Satterfield played in France, the NBDL, Greece, Lebanon, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina, the IBA, and even Japan.
Overall the well-traveled New York native should have stayed in school to help Cincinnati make the Final Four while helping his draft stock, but at the same time if he stayed Chris Anderson would just be Chris Anderson.