- J. R. Giddens
Infobox NBA Player
name = J. R. Giddens
profile = jr_giddens
nationality = USA
height_ft = 6
height_in = 5
weight_lb = 215
league = NBA
number = 4
birth_date = birth date and age|1985|2|13
birth_place = Oklahoma City,
highschool = John Marshall High School
college = Kansas,
draft = 30th overall
draft_year = 2008
career_start = 2008
Justin Ray Giddens (born
February 13, 1985in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), commonly referred to as J. R. Giddens, is an American professional basketballplayer. The height|ft=6|in=5|wiki=yes, convert|215|lb|kg st|abbr=on|lk=on shooting guardwas selected out of the University of New Mexicoby the Boston Celticswith the 30th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He initially played for the University of Kansas, but transferred following his sophomore season, and was forced to sit out as a redshirted junior due to NCAA transfer rules.
Giddens accepted a scholarship offer from Kansas from then head coach Roy Williams. After Williams left, Giddens was persuaded to stay by Williams' replacement
Bill Self. In his first year at Kansas, Giddens earned All- Big 12 ConferenceFreshman honors while averaging 11 points per game. However, he left Kansas after the stabbing incident in May 2005 on a mutual agreement with Self, [Mark Murphy, [http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/basketball/celtics/view/2008_06_26_Bulls_take_Rose_with_No__1_pick_in_NBA_draft/srvc=celt&position=4 Celtics select J.R. Giddens with 30th pick in NBA draft] , " Boston Herald", June 27, 2008.] often being criticized by the national media, and transferred to New Mexico for a fresh start. After sitting out a year due to NCAA regulations, he was suspended indefinitely from the team in late February for not being a good teammate. In his senior season, he was named " Mountain West ConferenceCo-Player of the Year" and Honorable Mention All-Americanfollowing career highs in points (16.3 per game) and rebounds (8.8 per game).
June 26, 2008, Giddens was selected by the Boston Celticswith the 30th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He had worked out with the Celtics for three days, and received praises from head coach Doc Rivers, [Steve Bulpett, [http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/basketball/celtics/view/2008_06_27_For_Celts__future_is_now:_Giddens_pick_nice_present_for_Doc/srvc=celt&position=6 For Celts, future is now] , " Boston Herald", June 27, 2008.] who thought he could fight for minutes on the team right away. [Julian Benbow, [http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/articles/2008/06/27/taking_a_shot_with_jr/ Taking a shot with J.R.] , " The Boston Globe", June 27, 2008.] He was even mentioned as a possible replacement for restricted free agent Tony Allen. [Steve Bulpett, [http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/basketball/celtics/view/2008_06_28_Celts_drafting_offseason_plan/srvc=celt&position=3 Celts drafting offseason plan] , " Boston Herald", June 28, 2008.] Giddens was already familiar with Leon Poweand Kendrick Perkins, who were his teammates at the 2003 McDonald's All-American Game. But on behalf of his agent Aaron Mintz, Giddens declined to work out at the Celtics' minicamp in early July, because he had not signed a contract yet. [Monique Walker, [http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/articles/2008/07/03/this_year_davis_not_one_of_the_babies_in_camp/?page=2 This year, Davis not one of the babies in camp] , " The Boston Globe", July 3, 2008.] [Scott Souza, [http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/sports/x875596005/Celtics-Giddens-a-no-show-at-mini-camp Celtics: Giddens a no-show at mini-camp] , " The MetroWest Daily News", July 2, 2008.]
May 19, 2005, Giddens was stabbed in his right calf in a bar fight, requiring 30 stitches. [http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/J.R.-Giddens-74/ DraftExpress.com NBA Draft Prospect Profile: J.R. Giddens] ]
*Majored in University studies.
*Cleared height|ft=6|in=10|wiki=yes as a high jumper in high school.
*His parents are Charles and Dianna, and he has two sisters, Breeanna and Portia.
Steve Urkeland Mr. Rogersas his favorite television characters.
*Has several tattoos, including his first initial "J" on his left tricep and his last initial "G" on his right tricep, and the
Bibleverse Philippians4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" - on his right shoulder. [Jeremy Fowler, [http://www.abqtrib.com/news/2007/feb/10/mens-basketball-lobo-jr-giddens-seeks-rise-above-l/ Men's basketball: Lobo J.R. Giddens seeks to rise above the labels] , "The Alburquerque Tribune", Ferbuary 10, 2007.]
* [http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/J.R.-Giddens-74/ J. R. Giddens Player Info] @ DraftExpress.com
* [http://golobos.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/giddens_jr00.html J. R. Giddens – New Mexico Player Bio]
* [http://www.nba.com/draft2008/profiles/J.R.Giddens.html J. R. Giddens Draft 2008 Profile] @
* [http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/articles/2008/07/09/trying_to_get_past_his_past/?page=1 Trying to get past his past] –
The Boston Globe
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