Former New York Knicks guard Gerald Wilkins arrested

Former New York Knicks star Gerald Wilkins was arrested in Georgia this week.


Gerald Wilkins, who played seven seasons with the New York Knicks, was arrested this week in Georgia for simple battery, theft by taking, and aggravated assault, according to CBS 46 in Atlanta.

The former Knick was charged after a confrontation at his place of employment. He is accused of throwing an object at a colleague and chasing someone with a screw driver. The incident reportedly took place on June 9.

This is not the first bout of legal troubles for the brother of Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins. According to CBS 46, he was also arrested for assaulting a woman and criminal trespassing in the last month.

He was banned from a recreation center where he taught basketball clinics in 2013 following a dispute that escalated out of control. However, it was only a verbal altercation over a rental schedule and it appears the two-year ban could have been heavy-handed.

Gerald Wilkins was a great second round pick for the New York Knicks.

Wilkins was drafted 47th overall in the same draft the Knicks selected Patrick Ewing with the first pick. He was a regular in the lineup from 1985 until he was released in 1992 to make the requisite cap space to complete a three-team trade that brought Charles Smith, Doc Rivers, and Bo Kimble to New York from Los Angeles.

While playing for the Knicks, Wilkins averaged 14.9 points on 46.1% shooting, while adding 3.5 assists per game. He is arguably one of the best second round picks in team history. He was deemed replaceable due to his erratic shooting from outside (30.9%) and poor shot selection.

The 13-year NBA professional played two years in Cleveland before missing the 1994-95 season due to injury. He finished his career as a sixth man with the Orlando Magic, playing a short time with his famous brother, before retiring after the 1998-99 season.

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