Donté Greene

Donté Greene
Donté Greene
No. 20   Sacramento Kings
Small forward/Power forward
Personal information
Date of birth February 21, 1988 (1988-02-21) (age 23)
Place of birth Munich, Bavaria, West Germany
Nationality American
High school Towson Catholic,
Baltimore, Maryland
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
College Syracuse
NBA Draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
Stats at
Medal record
Men’s basketball
Competitor for  United States
FIBA U19 World Championship
Silver 2007 Novi Sad Team competition
FIBA Americas U18 Championship
Gold 2006 San Antonio Team competition

Donté Dominic Greene[1] (born February 21, 1988 in Munich, Bavaria, West Germany) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. A 6-foot-11, 226-pound forward from Baltimore, Maryland, he played for the Syracuse Orange's basketball team for one year before being selected as the 28th overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2008 NBA Draft.[2]


High school career

Greene attended Towson Catholic High School, where he averaged 18.4 ppg., 6.8 rpg., 3.0 apg., 2.1 spg. and 4.3 bpg. as a senior in 2006–07 and helped Towson Catholic to a 32–6 record and to its second consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League titles.

He was a 2007 McDonald's All-American, Maryland's 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year,[citation needed] was named to the Nike Brand All-America Team and selected to play in the 2007 Jordan Classic.[3] In the class of 2007, he ranked as the No. 7 overall recruit and No. 2 power forward by and as No. 10 overall and the No. 3 small forward by

Team USA

Greene was named as a 2006 USA Men's U18 National Team member on June 26, 2006. He averaged 3.5 ppg. and 1.0 rpg. as the USA captured a 4–0 mark and the gold medal at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men in San Antonio, Texas.

Greene would once again play on Team USA in the 2007 USA Basketball U19 World Championships.[4] Although he was slowed by a shoulder injury, Greene played in eight-of-nine contests and averaged 4.3 points and 1.5 rebounds. The team took home the silver medal after losing to Serbia in the championship game.[5]

College career

In his freshman year of college, Greene started all 35 games he appeared in and led Syracuse in scoring with 17.7 points to go along with 7.2 rebounds per game. He became the first Syracuse freshmen since Carmelo Anthony to lead Syracuse in scoring, while setting a new SU freshmen record for 3-pointers in one season, notching 90, surpassing Gerry McNamara, who previously held the record with 85. Greene also led Syracuse with 57 blocks. He was named to the Big East All Rookie Team.[6]

However, Greene struggled in Big East play, where he shot just 28.6 percent (40-for-140) from downtown. While he led Syracuse in scoring, he also took more shots than anyone on the team, and had more turnovers (91) than assists (71). He was also criticized for his poor shot selection and porous defense.[7] Greene and Jonny Flynn were the country's second-highest scoring freshman duo.[8] In April, 2008 Greene declared himself eligible for the NBA draft.[9] Greene had 19 points and 13 rebounds in an 85–73 Syracuse victory over Seton Hall on March 5, 2008.[10] Greene also scored a season-high 27 points in an 87–81 NIT win over Robert Morris on March 18, 2008.[11]

Professional career


In the pick that they received from the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the Pau Gasol trade, the Memphis Grizzlies selected Greene as the 28th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.[2] He was later traded by Memphis to the Houston Rockets.[12] Greene signed with the Rockets on July 15, 2008 and proceeded to score 40 points in his summer league debut at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. He hit 12–20 field goals, including 5-of-10 threes, to go along with 11-of-12 free throws.[13][14] On July 30, 2008, according to NBA front-office sources confirmed to, it was agreed that Greene, along with Bobby Jackson, a 2009 first-round draft pick and an excess of 1 million dollars, were to be traded by the Rockets to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace).[15] The deal was made official on August 14, when Greene (per NBA rules) was eligible to be traded after signing a contract with Houston on July 14.[15]

Early into Greene's second season he finally began to show the promise that earned him his first round draft selection, scoring over 20 points multiple times (including a 31 point, 11 rebound game against the Phoenix Suns.) Greene began showing a more consistent jump shot, an improved defensive effort, and more mature decision making skills. He became a consistent contributor to the young Kings squad averaging over eight points a game and making 69 three pointers.

NBA D-League

On January 10, 2009, Greene was assigned to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League.[16] He was the first player the Kings had ever sent to the D-League.[17] In his first game with Reno, he scored 26 points in a 93–91 Bighorns win over the Bakersfield Jam.[18] After performances of 14,[19] 18,[20] and 16 points[21] in his next three games, he scored 28 points, with 14 scored in the final quarter, in a 117–103 win over the Utah Flash on January 17.[22] Greene was recalled to the Kings that same day.[23]

NBA career statistics

  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

2008–09 Sacramento 55 4 13.2 .326 .260 .853 1.6 .5 .3 .2 3.8
2009-10 Sacramento 76 50 21.4 .441 .377 .643 3.1 .9 .5 .7 8.5
2010-11 Sacramento 69 21 16.3 .404 .292 .662 2.1 .7 .5 .3 5.8
Career 200 75 17.4 .406 .320 .678 2.3 .7 .5 .4 6.3


  1. ^ "Donté Greene Draft 2008 Profile". 1988-02-21. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Donte Greene goes 28th to the Memphis Grizzlies". 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
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  5. ^ "The Official Website of Syracuse University Athletics". 1988-02-21. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  6. ^ Syracuse freshman Donte Greene to enter NBA draft - NewsChannel 9 WSYR
  7. ^ Thamel, Pete (2008-04-02). "Greenes Future Still In Air". The Quad - New York Times Blog. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  8. ^ "Orange done in by sloppy play, Villanova's 3-pointers". ESPN. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  9. ^ "Freshman forward Greene to enter NBA draft". ESPN. 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  10. ^ "Syracuse 85, Seton Hall 73". ESPN. 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  11. ^ "Syracuse 87, Robert Morris 81". ESPN. 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  12. ^ "Donte Greene traded to Houston". 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  13. ^ "Greene Drops 40 as Rockets Eclipse Suns". 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  14. ^ "Basketball Wiretap Archives: Greene Signs Contract With Rockets, Then Drops 40 On Debut". RealGM. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  15. ^ a b "Rockets agree to send pick, Greene, Jackson to Kings for Artest". ESPN. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  16. ^ "Kings Assign Donte' Green To The Reno Bighorns". 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  17. ^ "Rookie Watch: Who's moving on up?". 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  18. ^ "Greene, Ewing Lead Bighorns to Fourth Straight Win". 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  19. ^ "Red-Hot Bighorns Top D-Fenders for Fifth Straight". 2009-01-11. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  20. ^ "Bighorns Roll Past D-Fenders for Sixth Straight Win". 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  21. ^ "Idaho Hangs On, Ends Reno's Six-Game Winning Streak". 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  22. ^ "Bighorns Surge Past Flash For Rebound Victory". 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  23. ^ "NBA Development League: 2008-09 Transactions". Retrieved 2011-02-13. 

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