Keith Van Horn arrived to the NBA following an All-American career at Utah. A rangy 6'10 235-pound athlete, Van Horn had good hops, very good range on his jumper and was a decent-to-good college rebounder. NBA scouts looked for him to score as a pro. Van Horn became a New Jersey Net, and joined a good cast of players that had some believing the Nets could soon contend. Quickly, Van Horn was soon among the NBA's top scorers. But injuries and trades did both Van Horn and the team in. Van Horn has since bounced around the league looking for an opportunity. Race politics likely were behind his trade out of New York, where he had briefly been the team's top scorer, but was suddenly sent packing by Isiah Thomas. Highly paid as a scoring star, Van Horn has for years not gotten the minutes such pay usually warrants. Today, he is basically retired, never having gotten the chances his early potential hoped for.
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Van Horn is a big man (6'10") but has never played like one. Instead, he prefers to stand at the 3-point line and wait for a kick-out, where he can either shoot a long jumper (he's a career .361 shooter from downtown) or put the ball on the floor going to his right. When he drives, he has a tendency to get stripped of the ball, though, and he has very little court vision to find the open man if help comes. Van Horn has a few post moves, but is mostly effective down low only when he has a mismatch with a smaller SF.
Defense & Rebounding
Van Horn used to be a pretty good rebounder for a small forward, especially on the offensive end, but now he's mediocre at best on the boards. What's more, Van Horn is a brutally bad defender, lacking the quickness to stay with SF's and the toughness to stop PF's, who can post him up with impunity. Van Horn is such a liability on defense, in fact, that there is little reason to keep him on the floor if his shots are not falling.
Van Horn has found an ideal role in Dallas, where he is simply asked to come off the bench and provide instant offense. That said, his game is declining rapidly, and even his scoring rate (a career-low 17.3 Pts/40 in 2005-06) is falling off. He's a free agent after the season, but the buyers might want to beware: most players of Van Horn's ilk were out of the league within two years of their 30th birthday. The burden is on Van Horn to prove history wrong.