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Donté Greene

Donté Greene
Greene with the Kings
Free agent
Forward
Personal information
Born (1988-02-21) February 21, 1988
Munich, Bavaria, West Germany
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school Towson Catholic (Towson, Maryland)
College Syracuse (2007–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
20082012 Sacramento Kings
2009 Reno Bighorns (D-League)
2013 Atléticos de San Germán (Puerto Rico)
2013–2014 Dongguan Leopards (China)
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-Big East (2008)
  • Big East All-Freshman Team (2008)

Donté Dominic Greene (born February 21, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. A 6-foot-11, 226-pound player from Baltimore, Maryland, Greene played for the Syracuse Orange's basketball team for one year before being selected with the 28th overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2008 NBA draft.[1]

Early life and high school

Greene was born on the United States Air Force Base in Munich, Germany. His mother worked for the National Security Agency.[2] In the mid-1990s, Greene's parents divorced. Greene then attended school in Japan before returning to Germany and eventually Hanover, Pennsylvania. In October 2001, Greene's mother died of a heart attack, and Greene moved to Woodlawn, Baltimore County, Maryland with his father and brother.[3]

Greene graduated in 2007 from Towson Catholic High School, where he averaged 18.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.1 steals and 4.3 blocks per game as a senior in 2006–07, and helped Towson Catholic to a 32–6 record and to its second consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League titles.

He was a 2007 McDonald's All-American, Maryland's 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year, was named to the Nike Brand All-America Team and selected to play in the 2007 Jordan Classic.[4] In the class of 2007, he ranked as the No. 7 overall recruit and No. 2 power forward by Scout.com and as No. 10 overall and the No. 3 small forward by Rivals.com.

Team USA

Greene was named as a 2006 USA Men's U18 National Team member on June 26, 2006. He averaged 3.5 points and 1.0 rebounds per game as the USA captured a 4–0 mark and the gold medal at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men in San Antonio, Texas.

Greene would once again play on Team USA in the 2007 USA Basketball U19 World Championships. Although he was slowed by a shoulder injury, Greene played in eight-of-nine contests and averaged 4.3 points and 1.5 rebounds. The team took home the silver medal after losing to Serbia in the championship game.[5]

College career

In his freshman year of college, Greene started all 35 games he appeared in and led Syracuse in scoring with 17.7 points to go along with 7.2 rebounds per game. He became the first Syracuse freshmen since Carmelo Anthony to lead Syracuse in scoring, while setting a new SU freshmen record for 3-pointers in one season, notching 90, surpassing Gerry McNamara, who previously held the record with 85. Greene also led Syracuse with 57 blocks. He was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team.[6]

Greene had 19 points and 13 rebounds in an 85–73 Syracuse victory over Seton Hall on March 5, 2008.[7] Greene also scored a season-high 27 points in an 87–81 NIT win over Robert Morris on March 18, 2008.[8]

Greene struggled in Big East play, where he shot just 28.6 percent (40-for-140) from downtown. While he led Syracuse in scoring, he also took more shots than anyone on the team, and had more turnovers (91) than assists (71). He was also criticized for his poor shot selection and porous defense.[9] Greene and Jonny Flynn were the country's second-highest scoring freshman duo.[10] In April 2008, Greene declared himself eligible for the NBA draft.[11]

Professional career

In the pick that they received from the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the Pau Gasol trade, the Memphis Grizzlies selected Greene with the 28th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft.[1] He was later traded by Memphis to the Houston Rockets.[1] Greene signed with the Rockets on July 15, 2008 and proceeded to score 40 points in his summer league debut at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. He hit 12–20 field goals, including 5-of-10 threes, to go along with 11-of-12 free throws.[12][13] On August 14, 2008, Greene was traded to the Sacramento Kings.[14]

On January 10, 2009, Greene was assigned to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League.[15] He was the first player the Kings had ever sent to the D-League.[16] In his first game with Reno, he scored 26 points in a 93–91 Bighorns win over the Bakersfield Jam.[17] After performances of 14,[18] 18,[19] and 16 points[20] in his next three games, he scored 28 points, with 14 scored in the final quarter, in a 117–103 win over the Utah Flash on January 17.[21] Greene was recalled by the Kings that same day.

On March 11, 2013, Greene signed with the Atléticos de San Germán of Puerto Rico for the 2013 BSN season.[22] On April 5, 2013, he left Atléticos after just one game and signed with Brujos de Guayama for the rest of the season.[23] He later left before appearing in a game for them.

On April 17, 2013, Greene signed with the Memphis Grizzlies for the remainder of the season.[24] In July 2013, he joined the Grizzlies for the 2013 NBA Summer League.

On August 15, 2013, Greene was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Fab Melo.[25] He was waived by the Celtics on September 17, 2013.[26] Later that month, he signed with the Dongguan Leopards of China for the 2013–14 season,[27] and joined the Leopards for their tour of New Zealand.[28] He scored 41 points in their first of three games against the New Zealand Breakers.[29]

In July 2014, Greene joined the Brooklyn Nets for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[30]

NBA career statistics

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Sacramento 55 4 13.2 .326 .260 .853 1.6 .5 .3 .3 3.8
2009–10 Sacramento 76 50 21.4 .441 .377 .643 3.1 .9 .5 .7 8.5
2010–11 Sacramento 69 21 16.3 .404 .292 .662 2.1 .7 .5 .3 5.8
2011–12 Sacramento 53 7 14.7 .406 .238 .800 2.5 .6 .3 .5 5.4
Career 253 82 16.8 .406 .304 .701 2.4 .7 .4 .5 6.1

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Donte Greene traded to Houston". Syracuse.com. June 26, 2008. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lidz, Franz (January 22, 2007). "Greener Pastures". SI.com. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ McMullen, Paul (January 17, 2007). "Greene, mom forever a team". BaltimoreSun.com. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ Donte Greene Bio
  5. ^ "DONTE' GREENE - 2007 MEN'S BASKETBALL". suathletics.com. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ Syracuse freshman Donte Greene to enter NBA draft
  7. ^ "Syracuse 85, Seton Hall 73". ESPN.com. March 5, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Syracuse 87, Robert Morris 81". ESPN.com. March 18, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ Thamel, Pete (April 2, 2008). "Greenes Future Still In Air". NYTimes.com. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Orange done in by sloppy play, Villanova's 3-pointers". ESPN.com. March 12, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Freshman forward Greene to enter NBA draft". ESPN.com. April 9, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Greene Drops 40 as Rockets Eclipse Suns". NBA.com. July 14, 2008. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Greene Signs Contract With Rockets, Then Drops 40 On Debut". RealGM.com. July 14, 2008. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Kings trade Ron Artest to Rockets". InsideHoops.com. August 14, 2008. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Kings assign Donte Greene to D-League". InsideHoops.com. January 10, 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Rookie Watch: Who's moving on up?". ESPN.com. January 14, 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Greene, Ewing Lead Bighorns to Fourth Straight Win". NBA.com. January 10, 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Red-Hot Bighorns Top D-Fenders for Fifth Straight". NBA.com. January 11, 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Bighorns Roll Past D-Fenders for Sixth Straight Win". NBA.com. January 13, 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Idaho Hangs On, Ends Reno's Six-Game Winning Streak". NBA.com. January 15, 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Bighorns Surge Past Flash For Rebound Victory". NBA.com. January 17, 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  22. ^ Donte Greene moves in Puerto Rico with Atleticos de San German
  23. ^ Donte Greene leaves Atleticos de San German, inks with Guayama
  24. ^ Grizzlies sign Donte Greene and Willie Reed
  25. ^ "Celtics Complete Trade With Memphis". NBA.com. August 15, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  26. ^ Celtics Waive Greene
  27. ^ Donte Greene signing with Dongguan
  28. ^ NBA FORWARD SIGNS WITH DONGGUAN LEOPARDS FOR NZ TOUR
  29. ^ Breakers take first game of Champions Challenge over Dongguan
  30. ^ Brooklyn Nets Announce Summer League Roster

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
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