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Jeff Green
Jeff Green night.jpg
Oklahoma City Thunder  – No. 22
Forward
Born August 28, 1986 (1986-08-28) (age 23)
Cheverly, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
League NBA
Salary $3,516,960
High school Northwestern High School
Hyattsville, Maryland
College Georgetown
Draft first round, 5th overall, 2007
Boston Celtics
Pro career 2007 –present
Awards 2007 Big East Player of the Year
2008 NBA All-Rookie Team
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Jeffrey Lynn Green (born August 28, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder and a former college basketball player in the NCAA. He attended Georgetown University until his junior year, before deciding to enter the 2007 NBA Draft. Green was selected fifth overall by the Boston Celtics[1], who then traded his rights to the Seattle SuperSonics in a trade including Ray Allen.

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Background

Jeff Green was born in Cheverly, Maryland to Jeffrey Green Sr. and Felicia Akingube. He attended Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he led the NHS Wildcats to the state basketball championship in 2004.

Green was successfully recruited by Georgetown University coach Craig Esherick in 2003. However, Esherick was fired before Green arrived on campus (Esherick's last season as coach went 13-15). John Thompson III was hired as the new coach. Ironically, the two key recruits of Esherick's tenure, Green and center Roy Hibbert, would be the key components of Thompson's future success.[2]

Key attributes

At 6'9" and 228 pounds, Green played forward under Coach John Thompson III. He was the captain of the squad. Thompson stated in a Sports Illustrated interview: "You'll stop and think when I say this, but it's true: Jeff Green is the smartest player I've ever coached. You would know this better than most: that's a hell of a statement."[3]

Green was perhaps the key player in then-unranked Georgetown's monumental upset victory over top-ranked and undefeated Duke University in 2006.[4] During the 2006-2007 season, Green hit game-winning shots in the final seconds of multiple games. The most notable of these was his game-winning shot against Vanderbilt in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. With the Hoyas down one, Green squeezed past a double-team and hit a difficult shot with 2.5 seconds left in the game. Some observers claimed that Green traveled on the play, but the officials stated that Green's move was legal.

Honors

Jeff Green passes to teammate Jonathan Wallace during the finals of the 2007 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament.

Jeff Green won the 2005 Big East Rookie of the Year award along with Rudy Gay of the University of Connecticut. In addition, Green was named to the All-Big East Second Team in 2006 along with teammate Roy Hibbert.[1] In 2007, Green and teammate Roy Hibbert were unanimous selections to the All-Big East First Team. After his 30-point performance in the 2007 Big East Tournament semi-final against Notre Dame and his 21-point performance in the championship against the Pittsburgh, Green was also named Most Outstanding Player of the 2007 Big East Tournament as the Hoyas went on to claim their first Big East title since 1989. In addition, Green was named the 2007 Big East Player of the Year. Jeff Green led the Hoyas on an impressive, relentless run to the Final Four in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, beating Belmont and Boston College in the first two rounds. Green would be remembered for beating Vanderbilt off a game-winning shot in the game's closing seconds as well as fearlessly leading the Hoyas to victory against #1 seed UNC, in a stunning second-half comeback victory and bringing the Hoyas back to their first Final Four since Patrick Ewing led them to the 1985 National Championship game. The Hoyas eventually lost to Greg Oden and the Ohio State Buckeyes, bringing the Hoyas' remarkable title run to a close, as well as Jeff Green's collegiate playing career, as he would forgo his senior year and enter the NBA Draft.

NBA

On June 28, 2007, Green was taken 5th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. He was later involved in a trade that sent veteran guard Ray Allen along with the fifth pick in the second round (#35 overall, LSU Tigers' Glen Davis) to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West, the 5th overall selection and a future second-round selection to the Seattle SuperSonics. Since the deal was not made prior to the 2:00 pm deadline, the Celtics chose Green for the Sonics' with the fifth overall pick. Green wears the number 22 on the Sonics and the Thunder. Green is represented by David Falk, the agent of Michael Jordan, and is the first player to sign with Falk since John Lucas III in 2005.[5]

Green was named to the 2008 NBA All-Rookie team along with teammate Kevin Durant[6]. Green also played in the 2009 Rookie-Sophomore Challenge where he scored 13points and snagged 2 steals in the Sophomore's win.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  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

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Seattle 80 52 28.2 .427 .276 .744 4.7 1.5 .6 .6 10.5
2008–09 Oklahoma City 59 59 37.3 .451 .415 .777 7.0 2.1 1.0 .5 17.2
Career 139 111 32.0 .440 .376 .760 5.7 1.7 0.8 0.5 13.3

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Preceded by
Chris Taft
NCAA Basketball
Big East Rookie of the Year

2005
Succeeded by
Dominic James
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