Taylor Griffin

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Taylor Griffin
Pallacanestro Trapani
Position Small forward / Power forward
League Serie A2
Personal information
Born (1986-04-18) April 18, 1986 (age 29)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school Oklahoma Christian School
(Edmond, Oklahoma)
College Oklahoma (2005–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2010 Phoenix Suns
2009–2010 Iowa Energy (D-League)
2010–2011 Liège Basket (Belgium)
2012 Dakota Wizards (D-League)
2012–2015 Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League)
2015–present Pallacanestro Trapani (Italy)
Career highlights and awards

Taylor Griffin (born April 18, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Pallacanestro Trapani of the Italian Serie A2. He played college basketball at the University of Oklahoma and is the older brother of Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin.

Early years[edit]

Childhood[edit]

Taylor Griffin was born on April 18, 1986, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Tommy, who is of Afro-Haitian descent,[1][2] and to Gail Griffin, who is Caucasian.[3] His father was a basketball center and track standout at NAIA Northwestern Oklahoma State University.[4] 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.[5][6][7][8] The Griffin brothers are bi-racial, their father being African-American and their mother being Caucasian.[9]

High school[edit]

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.[5]

Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Griffin was listed as the No. 34 power forward and the No. 141 player in the nation in 2005.[10]

College career[edit]

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.[11]

Professional career[edit]

He was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 48th overall pick of the 2009 NBA draft. [12] He joined the Suns for the 2009 NBA Summer League. On August 17, 2009, he signed his first professional contract with the Suns.[13] Griffin was assigned multiple times to the Iowa Energy during his rookie season.[13][14]

He re-joined the Suns for the 2010 NBA Summer League. On July 26, 2010, he was waived by the Suns.[13] In August 2010, he signed with Belgacom Liège Basket of Belgium.[15]

On December 10, 2011, he signed with the Charlotte Bobcats. However, he was waived on December 23.[13] On January 9, 2012, he was acquired by the Dakota Wizards.[16]

In November 2012, he was acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors.[13] In November 2013, he was reacquired by the Warriors.[17] On January 3, 2014, he was waived by the Warriors due to a season-ending injury. On November 3, 2014, he was again reacquired by the Warriors.[18] On April 26, 2015, he won the D-League championship with the Warriors.[19] He was selected to play on the NBA D-League Select team during the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV.

On August 13, 2015, Griffin signed with Pallacanestro Trapani of the Italian Serie A2.[20]

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

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Phoenix 8 0 4.0 .400 .000 .500 .3 .1 .0 .3 1.3
Career 8 0 4.0 .400 .000 .500 .3 .1 .0 .3 1.3

NBA D-League[edit]

Regular Season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Iowa 12 11 28.9 .435 .235 .705 6.2 2.2 1.3 .4 9.6
2011–12 Dakota 30 5 18.3 .382 .327 .623 4.5 .8 .8 .3 6.2
2012–13 Santa Cruz 48 44 25.6 .426 .347 .669 6.5 1.9 1.2 .5 10.7
Career 90 60 23.6 .416 .326 .664 5.8 1.6 1.1 .4 9.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Iowa 3 2 29.0 .318 .000 .357 9.3 1.0 1.0 .3 6.3
2012 Dakota 2 0 11.5 .333 .000 .750 2.5 1.0 .0 .0 2.5
2013 Santa Cruz 6 6 21.0 .414 .400 .833 5.3 1.2 1.2 .2 6.0
Career 11 8 21.4 .370 .286 .600 5.9 1.1 .9 .2 6.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blake Griffin: no longer a rookie". Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "One drop rule:A guide to black celebrities". Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Taylor Griffin – SoonerSports.com. soonersports.com. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  4. ^ Anderson, Kelli (January 26, 2009). Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin is a skilled mimic. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  5. ^ a b O'Neil, Dana (August 6, 2009). Griffin's return to Oklahoma has Sooners looking for title. ESPN. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  6. ^ Garcia, Marlen (January 26, 2009). Sooners' savior? Blake Griffin guides Oklahoma's title quest. USA Today. Updated 1/26/2009. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  7. ^ George, Brandon (March 21, 2008). Sooners' Griffin built tough, thanks to folks at home. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  8. ^ SportsNation. Chat with Blake Griffin. ESPN. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  9. ^ Givony ,Jonathan (May 22, 2009). Blake Griffin:I'm going to work to be a complete player on both ends. draftexpress.com.
  10. ^ Taylor Griffin Recruiting Profile
  11. ^ Taylor Griffin NBA & ABA Stats
  12. ^ Blake Griffin Goes #1; Taylor Griffin Just Drafted #48 By Suns
  13. ^ a b c d e Taylor Griffin Player Profile – RealGM
  14. ^ Suns assign Taylor Griffin to D-League
  15. ^ Belgacom Liege adds Taylor Griffin and Cedric Bozeman
  16. ^ "WIZARDS: Dakota signs Taylor Griffin". BismarckTribune.com. January 9, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  17. ^ Santa Cruz Warriors Announce Training Camp Roster
  18. ^ "Santa Cruz Warriors Announce 2014 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. November 3, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Title Wave: Santa Cruz Wins NBA D-League Championship". NBA.com. April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Pallacanestro Trapani announces Taylor Griffin". Sportando.com. August 13, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 

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