Brandon Rush

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Brandon Rush
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Rush with the Pacers in 2009
Golden State Warriors
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-07-07) July 7, 1985 (age 29)
Kansas City, Missouri
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school Westport
(Kansas City, Missouri)
Mount Zion Christian Academy
(Durham, North Carolina)
College Kansas (2005–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro playing career 2008–present
Career history
20082011 Indiana Pacers
20112013 Golden State Warriors
2013–2014 Utah Jazz
2014–present Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Brandon Leray Rush (born July 7, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted in 2008 by the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers after playing for the University of Kansas Jayhawks for three seasons, including the 2007–2008 national championship team. He was selected as a Wooden Award All-American in both 2007 and 2008 as a Jayhawk.[1]

College career[edit]

Rush played high school basketball at Westport High School in Missouri and Mt. Zion Christian Academy in Durham, North Carolina. After withdrawing from the 2005 NBA Draft, he committed to play collegiately at Kansas under Bill Self and was the starting small forward in every game that season. He led the Jayhawks in scoring (13.5 points per game), rebounding (5.9) and three-point shooting percentage (47.2%). He was instrumental in the team's Big 12 Conference championship run, and was elected the conference Freshman of the Year. He was also the first freshman ever to be named to the First Team All-Big 12, before Kevin Durant did it the following season for the Texas Longhorns. He was selected as the preseason Co-Player of the Year in the Big 12, along with fellow Jayhawk Julian Wright. He was also selected as a preseason All-American. in 2007, he earned a position on the All-Tournament Team in the Big 12 Tournament. On April 26, 2007, Rush announced his intentions to enter the 2007 NBA Draft, but he did not sign with an agent.

Injury[edit]

Rush returned to Kansas in May 2007, after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a pickup game. He had planned to enter the 2007 NBA Draft had he not been injured, but returned to play for Kansas. On June 1, 2007, the torn ACL was successfully repaired.[2] After rehabilitation, He returned to play in November, and became a starter soon afterward.

On 27 October 2010, it was reported that Rush had, in fact, suffered the ACL injury during an illegal workout conducted by Rodney Heard, director of East Coast scouting for the New York Knicks; Isiah Thomas, then-president of the Knicks, is said to have known of the secret workouts. Rush verified the allegation, and severe sanctions were expected to be levied against the Knicks organization.[3]

Junior season[edit]

After returning to the starting lineup, he led Kansas to a national title in the 2008 NCAA championship. He was named Most Valuable Player in the national semifinal game against North Carolina, with 25 points and 7 rebounds.[4][5] He was rated number one small forward in all of college basketball by Rivals.com for his overall statistics after being named MVP in the Big 12 Tournament and averaging 15.8 points per game in the six games of the NCAA national championship tournament.[6] On April 17, 2008, he declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft, skipping his senior year.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Rush was selected 13th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2008 NBA Draft. He was then traded to the Indiana Pacers, along with Jarrett Jack and Josh McRoberts, for Jerryd Bayless and Ike Diogu.

On December 19, 2011, Rush was traded to the Golden State Warriors for forward Louis Amundson.[8][9]

On August 1, 2012, he re-signed with the Warriors on a two-year $8 million contract.[10] In a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on November 2, 2012, Rush injured his left knee landing awkwardly after being fouled in the air by Zach Randolph.[11] MRI the next day revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The extent of the injury ruled him out for the remainder of the 2012–13 NBA season.[12]

On July 10, 2013, the Golden State Warriors sent Rush, along with Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedriņš and several draft picks, to the Utah Jazz in a three-team trade that brought Andre Iguodala and Kevin Murphy to the Warriors.[13]

On July 22, 2014, Rush signed a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, returning to the franchise for second stint.[14][15]

NBA career statistics[edit]

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[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Indiana 75 19 24.0 .423 .373 .697 3.1 .9 .5 .5 8.1
2009–10 Indiana 82 64 30.4 .423 .411 .629 4.2 1.4 .7 .8 9.4
2010–11 Indiana 67 21 26.2 .421 .417 .755 3.2 .9 .6 .5 9.1
2011–12 Golden State 65 1 26.4 .501 .452 .793 3.9 1.4 .5 .9 9.8
2012–13 Golden State 2 0 12.5 .667 .000 .667 .5 1.0 .0 .0 7.0
2013–14 Utah 38 0 11.0 .333 .340 .600 1.2 .6 .1 .2 2.1
Career 329 105 24.9 .436 .409 .718 3.3 1.1 .5 .6 8.3

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011 Indiana 5 0 11.0 .462 .750 .500 1.4 .6 .2 .2 3.2
Career 5 0 11.0 .462 .750 .500 1.4 .6 .2 .2 3.2

Personal life[edit]

Rush is the brother of former professional basketball players JaRon and Kareem Rush.[16]

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