Kendrick La'Dale Perkins is an American professional basketball player who plays who last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Perkins played his high school basketball for Clifton J. Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas in 2003. In his senior year, he averaged 27.5 points, 16.4 rebounds, and 7.8 blocked shots a game. During his high school career, he led his team to four consecutive district championships and one state championship.
Perkins was drafted as the 27th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. He was immediately traded to the Boston Celtics, along with Marcus Banks, in exchange for Troy Bell and Dahntay Jones. In the 2004-2005 season, Perkins became one of the toughest players on the Celtics squad. In the 2006 NBA Playoffs, he played some of the best games of his career, repeatedly reaching double figures in points and rebounds.
In 2011, Perkins was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, along with Nate Robinson, in exchange for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstić. He went onto sign a multi-year extension with OKC. Perkins helped the Thunder reached the 2012 NBA Finals where they were defeated by the Miami Heat in 5 games. In 2015, Perkins signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In 2015, Cavaliers made it to the 2015 NBA Finals where they lost to the Golden State Warriors in 6 games. In the 2015 off-season, Perkins signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. In 2017, Perkins re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers returning to the Cavaliers for a second stint. The Cavaliers made it to the 2018 NBA Finals where they got swept by the Golden State Warriors.