|Small Forward / Power forward|
April 18, 1986 |
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||231 lb (105 kg)|
|High school||Oklahoma Christian School
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|Pro playing career||2009–present|
|2010–2011||Belgacom Liège Basket (Belgium)|
|2012–2014||Dakota Wizards/Santa Cruz Warriors|
Taylor Griffin (born April 18, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He played college basketball at the University of Oklahoma and is the older brother of Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin.
Taylor Griffin was born on April 19, 1986, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Tommy, who is of Afro-Haitian descent, and to Gail Griffin, who is Caucasian. His father was a basketball center and track standout at NAIA Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Griffin and his younger brother, Blake Griffin, were home-schooled by their mother from first grade until Taylor was in the tenth grade and Blake was in eighth. The Griffin brothers are bi-racial, their father being African-American and their mother being Caucasian.
Blake and Taylor Griffin played at Oklahoma Christian School under their father, who was the head coach. The brothers played together during the 2003–04 and 2004–05 high school seasons, winning two Oklahoma 2A state high school basketball championships.
With his brother Blake, Taylor Griffin helped lead Oklahoma to the Elite Eight of the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. As a senior, he averaged 9.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 steals a game with 53.6% field goal shooting, and 35.7% three-point field goal shooting.
He was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 48th overall pick of the 2009 NBA draft. His brother, Blake, was selected first overall. He joined the Suns for the 2009 NBA Summer League. On August 17, 2009, he signed his first professional contract with the Suns. Griffin was assigned multiple times to the Iowa Energy during his rookie season.
In November 2012, he was acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors. In November 2013, he was re-acquired by the Warriors. On January 3, 2014, he was waived by the Warriors due to a season-ending injury.
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- Taylor Griffin NBA & ABA Stats
- Blake Griffin Goes #1; Taylor Griffin Just Drafted #48 By Suns
- Taylor Griffin Player Profile – RealGM
- Suns assign Taylor Griffin to D-League
- Belgacom Liege adds Taylor Griffin and Cedric Bozeman
- "WIZARDS: Dakota signs Taylor Griffin". BismarckTribune.com. January 9, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
- Santa Cruz Warriors Announce Training Camp Roster
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- NBADraft.net Profile
- NBA D-League Profile