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Ed Nealy

Ed Nealy
Personal information
Born (1960-02-19) February 19, 1960 (age 56)
Pittsburg, Kansas
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Bonner Springs
(Bonner Springs, Kansas)
College Kansas State (1978–1982)
NBA draft 1982 / Round: 8 / Pick: 166th overall
Selected by the Kansas City Kings
Pro career 1982–1993
Position Power forward
Number 20, 32, 45, 55
Career history
19821984 Kansas City Kings
1984–1985 Sarasota Stingers (CBA)
1985 Kansas City Kings
1985–1986 Tampa Bay Thrillers (CBA)
19861988 San Antonio Spurs
1988 Chicago Bulls
1988–1989 Phoenix Suns
1989–1990 Chicago Bulls
19901992 Phoenix Suns
1992–1993 Golden State Warriors
1993 Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards
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Eddie Carl Nealy (born February 19, 1960) is a retired American basketball player. At 6'7" and 238 pounds, he played as a forward.

Born in Pittsburg, Kansas, Nealy attended Kansas State University and was selected by the Kansas City Kings in the eighth round of the 1982 NBA Draft. In 10 NBA seasons with the Kings (1982–1985), San Antonio Spurs (1986–1988), Chicago Bulls (1988–1990;1993), Phoenix Suns (1989;1990–1992) and Golden State Warriors (1992), Nealy averaged 2.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. He participated on the 1992-93 Bulls team which won the NBA Championship, although he did not appear on the playoff roster.

His son, Spencer, played football at Texas A&M University.[1]


Due his hustle, aggressiveness and court smarts, Nealy was uniformly praised for his unselfish play and his willingness to be physical throughout his career.

"It's guys like Ed who make coaching a pleasure. If you give me a reason to put him into a game, he's going to find a way to contribute." -- Phil Jackson[2]

In the book The Jordan Rules, Phil Jackson labeled Nealy his, "favorite player, smartest player on the team."

"With some players, a rebound hits their hand and bounces off. Nealy catches it. He has hands like Bobby Jones and Adrian Dantley. He is going to be a great pro some day. I truly mean that." -- Dean Smith [3]


  1. ^ Spencer Nealy profile
  2. ^ "Unsung Nealy Helps the Bulls" by Sam Goldaper New York Times May 28, 1990
  3. ^ "Who Are These Guys?; Kansas St.: Short, Fat and Still Alive; Kansas State? Yes, Kansas State," by Ken Denlinger Washington Post March 21, 1981

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