Season Preview - Gerald Green
We continue our in-depth season previews with all you need to know about Gerald Green.
Scroll down for: Green's Bio; Green's Numbers; Coach J.B. Bickerstaff's analysis; Timberwolves.com analysis and Green's Five Facts.
The 6-8, freakishly athletic Gerald Green came to Minnesota from Boston in the KG trade, fresh off his 2nd year in the NBA out of Houston's Gulf Shores Academy H.S. Last season, Green averaged 10.4 ppg and 2.6 rpg in 22.0 minutes, and perhaps most notably, won the 2007 slam dunk contest at the All-Star game with some ridiculous jams. On the other hand, Wolves coaches have been impressed with Green's pure jump shot.
Drafted with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft by Boston, Green averaged 5.2 ppg and 1.3 rpg as a rookie a year after scoring a game-high 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting at the McDonald's All-American All-Star Game as a senior in high school. He was also the MVP of the Reebok ABCD Camp.
Green is a huge fan of "screw" music out of his hometown, Houston, and has three dogs named Joker, Pluto and Reeses. He loves to fish and bowl, enjoys the movie "Faceoff" and the TV show "Martin."
COACH J.B. BICKERSTAFF SAYS...
"Raw ability. Raw talent. He's one of the best 1-on-1 players we have on this team, so when in doubt and needing a bucket, he can get his shot off. His explosiveness and athleticism are unparalleled in this league. So, he has no limitation on what kind of player he can be, as far as putting together the whole package. He just has to be patient and take his time."
This kid literally has all the talent in the world. The things he can do 1-on-1 make you drool as a basketball fan, but of course, he needs experience and coaching to translate his gifts onto the NBA hardwood to tap further into his unlimited potential. That should come as no surprise, as he only started playing organized basketball as a junior in H.S., and would be a college junior right now. He's still young enough to be molded by experienced coaches. The best news for fans is that Green recognizes this, and wants nothing but to keep getting better.
GREEN'S FIVE FACTS
1) Green did not play high school basketball until his sophomore year, when he played junior varsity for J.Frank Dobie High School.
2) In his senior year at Gulf Shores, Green averaged 33 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, and three blocked shots per game.
3) Green won the McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest, waxing former Duke player Josh McRoberts.
4) He originally committed to attending Oklahoma State University, but later decided to enter the NBA Draft upon graduation.
5) Green was one of the last players to enter the NBA directly from high school, as the collective bargaining agreement now mandates that American players who enter the NBA Draft must be at least one year removed from the graduation of their H.S. class, in addition to reaching the age of 19 no later than December 31 of the calendar year of the draft.
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