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GERALD GREEN, JR. NOW PLAYS FOR THE DALLAS MAVERICKS.
Gerald Green, Jr. was born January 26, 1986 in Houston, Texas during halftime of Super Bowl XX. Green didn’t start playing organized basketball until he was a high school sophomore when he played junior varsity for J.Frank Dobie High School. In his junior year he made the varsity team, but his play was cut short because of academic issues. Green then transferred to an alternative school, Gulf Shores Academy in Houston, where he repeated his junior year. In his senior year at Gulf Shores, he averaged 33 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 blocked shots per game. He was named an All-American and played in the annual McDonald's All-American game, which features two teams composed of the best high school basketball players in the United States. Green also won the McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest that year, defeating Duke player Josh McRoberts. Gerald Green originally committed to attending Oklahoma State University, but later decided to enter the NBA Draft upon graduation. He hired an agent, thereby making himself ineligible to participate in NCAA athletics. Green was expected by many basketball analysts to be one of the top few players chosen, but he was selected by the Boston Celtics, who selected him with the 18th pick in the NBA draft. After seeing limited playing time during the first part of the NAB season, Green was placed on the Fayetteville Patriots of the NBA D-League by the Celtics in January of 2006. He was recalled and activated to an NBA roster position on February 3. He was reassigned to the NBDL, to the Florida Flame, on February 16. He was recalled and activated again on February 21, and saw his first significant NBA game action on the following night, scoring 13 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in 23 minutes. Over the off-season, Gerald Green aimed at improving all aspects of his game in order to gain playing time. He had shown flashes of his capability during the end of the 2005-2006 season, but started off the 2006-2007 season slowly, earning a somewhat limited role and playing time behind captain Paul Pierce, and swingman Wally Szczerbiak. With injuries to Szczerbiak and Pierce, his playing time increased, but he has been unable to nail down a starting role. Green started his first ever game early December against the Philadelphia 76ers, but then lost his job to a returning Szczerbiak. Green finished the 2006-07 season averaging 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. Despite not being a solid starter or an NBA superstar, Gerald Green definitely left marks on the league with his highlight reel plays including a shot clock beating half court three pointer against Indiana and two Sports Center top play dunks in the closing seconds in two games against Toronto. Reebok even began a promotional campaign called "The Gerald Green Show" in which posters and t-shirts were distributed promoting Green and Gerald Green wore special Reebok Pump sneakers at the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. In fact, on February 17, 2007, Green won the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, beating out Nate Robinson, Tyrus Thomas, and Dwight Howard. On July 31, 2007 it was made official that Gerald Green was to be traded along with Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, and draft picks, to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett. The Minnesota Timberwolves hope that Greens giant leap plays and ability to wow crowds with stellar slam dunks will help fill the Target Center this season! It is rumored that Gerald Green has a 48-inch vertical leap and Timberwolves fans are hoping to see him slam the ball and give the Timberwolves a much needed NBA championship run.
Gerald Green has been playing limited minutes through 31 games in 2007-08, but when given the opportunity, he usually impresses. He has averaged 12 minutes in 17 games played with a three-point percentage that is healthier at 42.9 percent than his field goal percentage of 35.3 percent. He has displayed his explosive athleticism when given the opportunity this season. Overall he is averaging 4.9 points and 2 rebounds. Green proved to be a game breaker in the December 21 win against the Indiana Pacers, when he made two huge three pointers on his way to 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. The game before that against the Golden State Warriors Gerald Green scored a season-high 18 points in 30 minutes. His minutes and playing time have been up and down, but look for Gerald Green to come into a game and spur a Timberwolves run with a three-pointer.
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