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Alec Christopher Kessler (January 13, 1967 – October 13, 2007) was an Americanmarker college basketball player for the University of Georgiamarker and later, as a professional, for the Miami Heat in the NBA. After his basketball career ended, he became an orthopedic surgeon.

Career

Kessler played collegiately for the University of Georgia where he was a three-time academic all-American first-team selection as well as the national academic all-American of the year in 1989 and 1990. Kessler left Georgia as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,788 points.

The 6' 11" power forward/center was selected 12th in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets, but his draft rights were immediately traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for the draft rights to Dave Jamerson and Carl Herrera.

In his NBA career, he was a member of the Heat for 210 games spanning four seasons until being waived on November 2, 1994 (prior to the start of the 1994-95 season). He was played mostly as a backup center and held career averages of 5.2 points and 3.6 rebound per game.

After the NBA

Kessler left the NBA to study medicine and graduated from the School of Medicine at Emory Universitymarker in 1999. He was an orthopedic surgeon in practice in Pensacola, Floridamarker.

Kessler died after suffering a heart attack during a pickup game in Gulf Breeze, Floridamarker on October 13, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Rhea, and two sons, Nicholas and Christopher.

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