#5 Donte´ Greene
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6'11" 226 lbs Forward
HS: Towson Catholic Baltimore, MD
Born: 2/21/1988 Munich, West Germany
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2007-08 Fr F 35 35 1253 218 521 41.8% 94 133 70.7% 90 261 34.5% 71 251 191 60 101 4 91 45 57 620 17.7 2.0 7.2
Career    
35
35
1253
218
521
41.8%
94
133
70.7%
90
261
34.5%
71
251
191
60
101
4
91
45
57
620
17.7
2.0
7.2

Donte´ Greene was a highly recruited forward who played forward for Syracuse basketball for one season. Despite his height, Greene was a perimeter player with a nice three point shot, and preferred to play outside the paint rather than near the hoop.

Greene was a McDonald's All-American in high school at Towson Catholic. He would play on the USA Under-19 Team in 2007 and help the team to a Gold Medal in the World Games. It was widely expected that he would spend only one year in college before making the jump for the NBA.

Greene had an outstanding freshman season leading the Orange in scoring with 17.7 points per game, on an injury ravaged team. He thrived in the early season on the perimeter, shooting over 40% from the three point range. However his percentage would drop off once the Big East Conference play began. It was apparent early on in the season that he was weak at playing defense, particularly in coach Jim Boeheim's zone. Despite his size, Greene was not a great rebounder; he did well with 7.2 a game, but not nearly what one would have expected for a player his size.

Nevertheless Greene did have one of the best freshman seasons in Syracuse history. He was named to the Big East Second Team All Conference team, and was named to the Big East All Rookie Team. He set a freshman three point shooting mark with 90 three point baskets, and his 620 points was the second most any Syracuse freshman had ever scored, only trailing Carmelo Anthony. He would have a career high 27 points against Robert Morris in the NIT tournament.

Greene followed the expected course, and announced after his freshman season that he was going to make himself eligible for the NBA draft. He would be selected with the 28th pick in the 1st round by the Memphis Grizzlies, who would then trade his rights overnight to the Houston Rockets. Greene would stay with the Rockets for only a month in the off season, as they would then trade him to the Sacramento Kings in a multi-player deal involving Ron Artest.

NBA Career Statistics
Season Pos G Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3FGA 3FGM % Asst Reb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2008-09 F
55
725
77
236
32.6%
29
34
85.3%
26
100
26.0%
30
86
68
37
16
14
209
3.8
0.5
1.6
2009-10 F
76
1,630
244
553
44.1%
90
140
64.3%
69
183
37.7%
71
234
150
93
41
53
647
8.5
0.9
3.1
2010-11 F
69
1,127
156
386
40.4%
43
65
66.2%
45
154
29.2%
48
147
88
60
36
20
400
5.8
0.7
2.1
2011-12 F
53
777
108
266
40.6%
44
55
80.0%
25
105
23.8%
34
133
67
32
18
29
285
5.4
0.6
2.5
Total
F
253
4,259
585
1,441
40.6%
206
294
70.1%
165
542
30.4%
183
600
373
-
222
111
116
1,541
6.1
0.7
2.4

Greene would be part of the regular rotation for the Kings his rookie season, averaging 3.8 points a game, and managing to start four games. He would move into a starting roll with the Kings his second season. Injuries would slow him down his third season, and he would play in the D-League in 2012-13. Green would sign as a free agent with the Memphis Grizzlies in May 2013. They would trade him to the Boston Celtics for former Orangeman Fab Melo in August of that same year.

Greene would make some headlines when he rescued a woman from drowning during Memorial Day Weekend in 2009.

Note: Donte´ Greene was indeed born in Munich, West Germany (now Germany), though he has always been an American citizen. His mother worked for the NSA over in Germany at the time. Thanks to Brent Axe, the Axeman.

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