Shaun Livingston

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Shaun Livingston
Shaun Livingston with Warriors (cropped).jpg
Livingston with the Warriors in 2016
No. 34 – Golden State Warriors
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1985-09-11) September 11, 1985 (age 33)
Peoria, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High schoolPeoria (Peoria, Illinois)
NBA draft2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career2004–present
Career history
20042008Los Angeles Clippers
2008–2009Miami Heat
2009Tulsa 66ers
2009Oklahoma City Thunder
2010Washington Wizards
2010–2011Charlotte Bobcats
2011–2012Milwaukee Bucks
2012Washington Wizards
2012–2013Cleveland Cavaliers
2013–2014Brooklyn Nets
2014–presentGolden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Shaun Patrick Livingston (born September 11, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Livingston entered the league directly out of high school after he was selected in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 4th overall pick. In 2007, Livingston suffered a debilitating knee injury that damaged almost every part of his left knee, and it took him about a year and a half to return to action. Livingston later played for the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Bobcats, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Brooklyn Nets. He has also spent time with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. He is a three-time NBA champion, winning all three with Golden State in 2015, 2017, and 2018.

Early years[edit]

Livingston was born in Peoria, Illinois. He led Concordia Lutheran Grade School to LSA state titles in 1999 and 2000. Livingston played competitive basketball in high school at Richwoods High School for two years[1] and then transferred to Peoria Central High School, where he led his team to Class AA state titles in 2003 and 2004. He was named Illinois Mr. Basketball in 2004.

He played in the 2004 McDonald's High School All-American game, and was named co-MVP of the game.

In 2007, Livingston was voted one of the 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament for his superior performance in his tournament appearances.[2]

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Livingston was listed as the No. 1 point guard and the No. 2 player in the nation in 2004.[3] He committed to play college hoops at Duke, but opted instead to make the jump to the NBA straight out of high school.

Professional career[edit]

Early career (2004–2006)[edit]

Livingston signed with Duke, but opted to skip college and enter the 2004 NBA Draft, in which the Clippers selected him with the 4th overall pick.[4]

Livingston, who has a 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) wingspan,[5] is tall by point guard standards at 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) and, due to the addition of Sam Cassell to the Clippers' roster, saw playing time at shooting guard. He was an integral part of one of the Clippers' best seasons in franchise history in the 2005–06 season. Livingston recorded a career-high 14 assists on February 23, 2007 against the Golden State Warriors.[6]

In his first two NBA seasons, playing in a total of 91 games, Livingston averaged 6.3 points per game. In his third season, he averaged a career high 9.3 points per game, being one of the few Clippers to improve from the 2005-06 season. His breakout year was interrupted by a knee injury that led him to miss 39 games.

Knee injury (2007)[edit]

In a game against the Charlotte Bobcats on February 26, 2007, Livingston suffered a debilitating knee injury, dislocating his left kneecap after landing awkwardly following a missed layup, resulting in the left leg snapping laterally. Livingston injured almost every part of his knee, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), and the lateral meniscus, badly spraining his medial collateral ligament (MCL), and dislocating his patella and his tibio-fibular joint.[7] Livingston was told by a medical professional at the hospital that there was a chance that his leg would have to be amputated. He required months of rehabilitation to be able to walk again.[8]

Livingston was riddled by injuries during the first three years of his professional career, missing 101 of 246 regular season games.[9][10]

Return from injury (2008–2013)[edit]

Livingston's contract with the Clippers expired after the 2007-08 season, and the Clippers did not make Livingston a $5.8 million qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.[11]

On June 16, 2008, doctors allowed Livingston to resume basketball activities;[12] during the 2008 offseason, he tried to find a guaranteed contract to finalize his comeback. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers were interested in his services, but he eventually signed a reported two-year deal with the Miami Heat on October 3, 2008. In 4 games with the Heat, he averaged 2.3 points in 10.3 minutes.[13][14]

On January 7, 2009, he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies along with cash considerations for a conditional 2012 second-round pick.[13][15] He was waived later that same day.[13][16]

On March 7, 2009, Livingston signed with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League, owned by the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA.[13][17] After three weeks with the 66ers, Livingston signed a multi-year deal with the Thunder on March 31, 2009.[18] On December 22, 2009, Livingston was waived by the Thunder.[19][20]

Livingston with Washington in 2010

On February 26, 2010, he signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Washington Wizards.[21] He was then signed by the Wizards for the remainder of the season.[22]

On July 20, 2010, Livingston signed a two-year contract worth $7 million with the Charlotte Bobcats.[23]

On June 23, 2011, he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks as part of a three-way deal among the Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats.[24]

On June 26, 2012, Livingston was traded to the Houston Rockets for Samuel Dalembert along with teammates Jon Leuer and Jon Brockman.[25] Before the beginning of the season, however, they were all waived.[26]

On November 15, 2012, Livingston signed with the Washington Wizards.[27] He was waived by the Wizards on December 23, 2012.[28]

On December 25, 2012, the Cleveland Cavaliers claimed Livingston off waivers after releasing Donald Sloan.[29][30] Livingston made his debut for the Cavaliers on January 2, 2013, recording two points, two rebounds, and one assist in 13 minutes of action off the bench.

Brooklyn Nets (2013–2014)[edit]

On July 11, 2013, Livingston signed with the Brooklyn Nets.[31] His season high of 23 points came in a 98-108 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on November 18, 2013.[32] Initially billed as a backup, Livingston performed well enough to join Deron Williams in the starting lineup following the season-ending injury to Brook Lopez. With Livingston on the floor, the Nets proved to be 8.5 points per 100 possessions better defensively, earning him the third most minutes on the team.[33] On March 17, Livingston set a career high for both minutes played and points scored in a season.[34] At the end of the season Livingston had played in a career-high 76 games (starting a career-high 54 games) averaging 8.3 points, 3.2 assists, and 1.2 steals.

Golden State Warriors (2014–present)[edit]

On July 11, 2014, Livingston signed with the Golden State Warriors[35] to a reported three-year, $16 million contract.[36] On August 15, 2014, he was ruled out for six to eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on the big toe of his right foot.[37] He recovered in time to make his debut for the team in their season opener, and served as a key player off the bench for the Warriors in their run to the 2015 NBA Championship.[38]

In 2015–16, Livingston helped the Warriors win an NBA record 73 games to eclipse the 72 wins set by the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls. During Game 4 of the 2016 Western Conference semi-finals, Livingston was ejected late in the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers. He had moved into the starting lineup to accommodate for the injured Stephen Curry. In the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors overcame a 3–1 deficit to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games and advance to the 2016 NBA Finals. In Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Livingston scored a playoff career-high 20 points, leading the Warriors to a 104–89 win.[39] Despite the Warriors going up 3–1 in the series following a Game 4 win, they went on to lose the series in seven games to become the first team in NBA history to lose the championship series after being up 3–1. A year later, Livingston helped the Warriors win the NBA Championship after defeating the Cavaliers 4–1 in the 2017 NBA Finals.

On July 25, 2017, Livingston re-signed with the Warriors[40] on a three-year, $24 million contract.[41] Livingston helped the Warriors win back-to-back titles in 2018 after defeating the Cavaliers in a four-game sweep in the Finals.

Personal life[edit]

Livingston is a Lutheran. In April 2016, he donated $1 million to his former grade school, Concordia Lutheran School, in Peoria, Illinois.[42]

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
Denotes seasons in which Livingston won an NBA Championship

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 L.A. Clippers 30 15 27.1 .414 .000 .746 3.0 5.0 1.1 .4 7.4
2005–06 L.A. Clippers 61 14 25.0 .427 .125 .688 3.0 4.5 .8 .5 5.8
2006–07 L.A. Clippers 54 31 29.8 .463 .313 .707 3.4 5.1 1.1 .5 9.3
2008–09 Miami 4 0 10.3 .375 .000 .750 .5 1.0 .5 .0 2.3
2008–09 Oklahoma City 8 1 23.8 .538 .000 1.000 3.3 2.0 .6 .3 7.8
2009–10 Oklahoma City 10 0 13.0 .313 .000 .000 2.0 1.3 .5 .2 1.0
2009–10 Washington 26 18 25.6 .535 .000 .875 2.2 4.5 .5 .3 9.2
2010–11 Charlotte 73 0 17.3 .466 .250 .864 2.0 2.2 .6 .4 6.6
2011–12 Milwaukee 58 27 18.8 .469 .667 .785 2.1 2.1 .5 .3 5.5
2012–13 Washington 17 4 18.8 .364 .000 1.000 2.2 2.2 .6 .1 3.7
2012–13 Cleveland 49 12 23.2 .507 .000 .843 2.5 3.6 .8 .6 7.2
2013–14 Brooklyn 76 54 26.0 .483 .167 .827 3.2 3.2 1.2 .4 8.3
2014–15 Golden State 78 2 18.8 .500 .000 .714 2.2 3.3 .6 .3 5.9
2015–16 Golden State 78 3 19.5 .536 .167 .860 2.2 3.0 .7 .3 6.3
2016–17 Golden State 76 3 17.7 .547 .333 .700 2.0 1.8 .5 .3 5.1
2017–18 Golden State 71 7 15.9 .501 .000 .820 1.8 2.0 .5 .3 5.5
Career 769 191 21.1 .485 .183 .794 2.4 3.1 .7 .4 6.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006 L.A. Clippers 12 0 27.7 .474 1.000 .810 4.7 4.8 .6 .5 7.5
2014 Brooklyn 12 10 27.1 .512 1.000 .730 3.5 3.3 .4 .4 9.7
2015 Golden State 21 0 17.9 .532 .000 .840 2.4 1.8 .4 .2 5.0
2016 Golden State 24 7 21.4 .488 .000 .865 3.2 3.3 .5 .2 8.2
2017 Golden State 14 0 15.7 .576 .000 .714 2.1 1.4 .4 .1 5.2
2018 Golden State 21 0 17.2 .536 .000 .880 2.2 1.5 .3 .0 6.7
Career 104 17 20.5 .514 .400 .816 2.9 2.6 .4 .2 6.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shaun Livingston official website: About Shaun Livingston Archived February 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Legends of Boys Basketball". IHSA. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  3. ^ Shaun Livingston Recruiting Profile
  4. ^ Poses, Jake (May 7, 2004). "Deng, Livingston forgo Duke for NBA Draft". Dukechronicle.com. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  5. ^ Perkins, Chris (September 25, 2008). "Heat's Pat Riley: No plans to purse any veteran free agents". Archived from the original on 2008-09-28.
  6. ^ "Brand Throws a Block Party in Clippers' Win". Nba.com. 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  7. ^ "Livingston out for season with major knee injury". Associated Press. February 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-11.
  8. ^ Like Magic «
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  10. ^ "Shaun Livingston Statistics". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2007-07-11.
  11. ^ "Clippers renounce rights to Livingston, four other players". Associated Press. 2008-07-10.
  12. ^ "Shaun Livingston resumes basketball related activities". Los Angeles Times. June 16, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  13. ^ a b c d "Heat trade Livingston to Grizzlies". Sports.espn.go.com. 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  14. ^ "HEAT Sign Shaun Livingston". NBA.com. 2008-10-04.
  15. ^ "Grizzlies trade conditional second round draft pick to Miami". NBA.com. 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2009-01-07.
  16. ^ "Grizzlies waive Shaun Livingston". NBA.com. 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2009-01-07.
  17. ^ "Ex-Clipper Livingston joins 66ers". NewsOK.com. 2009-03-08.
  18. ^ Shaun Livingston Signs Multi-Year Deal March 31, 2009
  19. ^ "Thunder Acquires Maynor From Utah Jazz". NBA.com. 2009-12-22. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
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  21. ^ "Wizards Sign Guard Shaun Livingston". NBA.com. 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  22. ^ "Wizards Sign Livingston For Remainder of the Season". NBA.com. 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  23. ^ "Bobcats Sign Point Guard Shaun Livingston". NBA.com. 2010-07-20. Archived from the original on 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  24. ^ "Bucks acquire Jackson, Livingston, Udrih and draft rights to Tobias Harris in a three-team trade". NBA.com. 2011-06-23. Archived from the original on 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
  25. ^ "Rockets Receive 12th Overall Pick Via Trade With Bucks". NBA.com. 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
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  27. ^ Wizards Sign Shaun Livingston
  28. ^ Wizards Waive Livingston And Barron
  29. ^ Cavaliers Claim Shaun Livingston Off Waivers, Waive Donald Sloan
  30. ^ Cavaliers claim Livingston
  31. ^ Brooklyn Nets sign guard Shaun Livingston
  32. ^ Trail Blazers surge past Nets for 7th straight win
  33. ^ LIVINGSTON EMBODIES NETS’ NEW IDENTITY
  34. ^ Shaun Livingston resurrects his career with Brooklyn Nets
  35. ^ Warriors Sign Free Agent Shaun Livingston to Contract
  36. ^ Warriors Reach Three-Year, $16M Deal With Shaun Livingston
  37. ^ Warriors' Livingston out 6-8 weeks with toe injury
  38. ^ Shaun Livingston 2014-15 Game Log
  39. ^ Warriors' supporting cast leads Game 1 NBA Finals win
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  42. ^ Adams, Pam (April 26, 2016). "NBA Player Shaun Livingston jump-starts Concordia Lutheran School renovations with $1 million donation". PJStar.com. Retrieved May 31, 2016.

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