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J. R. Giddens
Boston Celtics  – No. 4
Shooting guard
Born February 13, 1985 (1985-02-13) (age 24)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
League NBA
Salary $1,028,880
High school John Marshall High School
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
College Kansas
New Mexico
Draft 30th overall, 2008
Boston Celtics
Pro career 2008present
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Justin Ray Giddens (born February 13, 1985 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an American professional basketball player with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), 215 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st) shooting guard was selected out of the University of New Mexico by the Boston Celtics with the 30th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He initially played for the University of Kansas, but transferred following his sophomore season, and was forced to sit out as a redshirted junior due to NCAA transfer rules.



Giddens accepted a scholarship offer from University of Kansas from then head coach Roy Williams. After Williams left, Giddens was persuaded to stay by Williams' replacement Bill Self.[1] In his first year at Kansas, Giddens earned All-Big 12 Conference Freshman honors while averaging 11 points per game. However, he left Kansas after the stabbing incident in May 2005 on a mutual agreement with Self,[2] and transferred to New Mexico for a fresh start. After sitting out a year due to NCAA regulations, he was suspended indefinitely from the team in late February for not being a good teammate.[1] In his senior season, he was named Mountain West Conference Co-Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-American following career highs in points (16.3 per game) and rebounds (8.8 per game).[1]


On June 26, 2008, Giddens was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 30th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He had worked out with the Celtics for three days, and received praises from head coach Doc Rivers,[3] who thought he could fight for minutes on the team right away.[4] He was even mentioned as a possible replacement for restricted free agent Tony Allen.[5] Giddens was already familiar with Leon Powe and Kendrick Perkins, who were his teammates at the 2003 McDonald's All-American Game. But on behalf of his agent Aaron Mintz, Giddens declined to work out at the Celtics' minicamp in early July, because he had not signed a contract yet.[6][7]

On November 15, 2008, Giddens was assigned to the Boston Celtics' NBA Development League affiliate team, the Utah Flash.[8] He had played with the Celtics in the 2008–09 pre-season but had been on the inactive list for the first 10 games of the regular season.[8] He was recalled by the Celtics from Utah Flash development team on February 8, 2009.[9]

Giddens started his first game for the Boston Celtics on January 2, 2010.

Stabbing incident

On May 19, 2005, Giddens was stabbed in his right calf in a bar fight in Lawrence, Kansas, requiring 30 stitches.[1]


  • Majored in University studies.
  • Cleared 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) as a high jumper in high school.
  • His parents are Charles and Dianna, and he has two sisters, Breeanna and Portia.
  • Lists Steve Urkel and Mr. Rogers as his favorite television characters.
  • Has sixteen tattoos, including his first initial "J" on his left triceps and his last initial "G" on his right triceps, and the Bible verse Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" - on his right shoulder.[10]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2008-09 Boston 6 0 1.3 .667 .000 .000 .5 .0 .2 .0 .7
Career 6 0 1.3 .667 .000 .000 .5 .0 .2 .0 .7


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