Atkins playing for the Pistons
|Date of birth: August 14, 1974|
|Place of birth: Orlando, Florida|
|Height: 5 ft 11 in||Weight: 185 lbs|
|NBA Draft||1997; Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
|NBA All-Rookie Second Team|
|Chucky Atkins at NBA.com|
Kenneth Lavon "Chucky" Atkins (born August 14, 1974 in Orlando, Florida) is an American professional basketball player whos plays at Point guard, he is currently a Free agent. He is the second shortest person currentley playing in the NBA at 5 foot 11, the shortest being Earl Boykins
Atkins was undrafted following a college career at the University of South Florida, taking his game to Europe where he played for Cibona Zagreb in Croatia from 1997-1999. Prior to that, in 1996-97, he played in the now defunct Lacrosse Bobcats in the CBA. He began his NBA career in 1999 with the Orlando Magic. He then played for the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics. In 2004, he was traded in a multi-player deal which sent Gary Payton to Boston, and Atkins to the Los Angeles Lakers. He was traded along with Caron Butler to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Kwame Brown and Laron Profit in the 2005 offseason. Atkins has averaged 10.7 points per game throughout his career.
The Wizards bought out the remainder of his contract on January 18, 2006. Atkins had voiced displeasure with the amount of playing he was receiving, and he and the team both felt a change of scenery was needed. On January 23, 2006 he signed as a free agent with the Memphis Grizzlies, replacing the injured Damon Stoudamire.
- Atkins is the cousin of NBA player Darius Washington, Jr.