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Adrian Darnell Griffin (born July 4, 1974) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the lead assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played in the NBA as a guard and small forward from 1999 to 2008. Griffin grew up in Wichita, Kansas and played collegiately at Seton Hall University.

Adrian Griffin
Adrian Griffin.jpg
Griffin in 2007
Toronto Raptors
PositionAssistant coach
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1974-07-04) July 4, 1974 (age 45)
Wichita, Kansas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolWichita East (Wichita, Kansas)
CollegeSeton Hall (1992–1996)
NBA draft1996 / Undrafted
Playing career1996–2008
PositionGuard / Small forward
Number44, 7
Coaching career2008–present
Career history
As player:
1996Long Island Surf
1996–1998Connecticut Pride
1998Atlantic City Seagulls
1998Roseto
1998–1999Connecticut Pride
1999Atlantic City Seagulls
19992001Boston Celtics
20012003Dallas Mavericks
2003–2004Houston Rockets
2004–2005Chicago Bulls
2005–2006Dallas Mavericks
20062008Chicago Bulls
2008Seattle SuperSonics
As coach:
20082010Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
20102015Chicago Bulls (assistant)
20152016Orlando Magic (assistant)
20162018Oklahoma City Thunder (assistant)
2018—presentToronto Raptors (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points1,919 (4.0 ppg)
Rebounds1,512 (3.2 rpg)
Assists653 (1.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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College careerEdit

Griffin attended Seton Hall University and was a three-year starter. As a senior, he averaged 16.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game, and won All-Big East second team honors. In 2010, Griffin was inducted into the Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Griffin went undrafted after leaving Seton Hall University in 1996, and began his NBA career in 1999–2000 with the Boston Celtics, having spent the previous three years in Italy (playing 8 games for Cordivari Roseto from July to October 1998) and the CBA. As a rookie, his averages were 7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.61 steals per game.

Over six seasons, he played for the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls, averaging 4.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and one steal per game. A career highlight was becoming a starter for the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals.

After one season with the Mavericks, Griffin signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Bulls on July 17, 2006.[2]

On February 21, 2008, Griffin was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics in an 11-player deal that involved players from the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the SuperSonics.

On August 13, 2008, Griffin was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team, six-player deal involving the Bucks, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder that also sent Milwaukee's Mo Williams to Cleveland, Cleveland's Joe Smith and Milwaukee's Desmond Mason to Oklahoma City, and Cleveland's Damon Jones and Oklahoma City's Luke Ridnour to Milwaukee.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

Shortly after his playing career ended, he was hired by Milwaukee Bucks head coach Scott Skiles as an assistant, where he would work for the next two seasons.

On September 9, 2010, he became an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls under Tom Thibodeau, where he coached for five years.[4]

Along with working in the NBA, in 2014, Griffin accepted the offer to work with the USA coaching staff that helped win the Gold Medal in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. This team featured many NBA stars including: Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving.

On June 26, 2015, he was hired by the Orlando Magic to be their top assistant coach.[5]

On June 9, 2016, Adrian Griffin was hired by the Oklahoma City Thunder to be their lead assistant coach under head coach Billy Donovan.[6]

On June 25, 2018, Adrian Griffin was hired by the Toronto Raptors to be the lead assistant coach under first-year head coach Nick Nurse.[7] Griffin was an instrumental piece of the Raptors 2019 championship run, where the Toronto defeated the Golden State Warriors in 6 games of the 2019 NBA Finals, yielding Griffin his first championship ring.

Personal lifeEdit

Griffin has completed his bachelor's and master's degrees from Seton Hall and is working on his doctorate in leadership studies.[8]

NBA career statisticsEdit

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

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999–00 Boston 72 47 26.8 .424 .281 .753 5.2 2.5 1.6 .2 6.7
2000–01 Boston 44 0 8.6 .340 .346 .750 2.0 .6 .4 .1 2.1
2001–02 Dallas 58 34 23.8 .499 .296 .837 3.9 1.8 1.3 .2 7.2
2002–03 Dallas 74 48 18.6 .433 .250 .844 3.6 1.4 1.0 .1 4.4
2003–04 Houston 19 1 7.0 .278 .500 .000 1.0 .5 .4 .1 .6
2004–05 Chicago 69 1 9.7 .360 .222 .750 2.1 .8 .6 .1 2.2
2005–06 Dallas 52 45 23.9 .480 .000 .774 4.4 1.7 1.0 .2 4.6
2006–07 Chicago 54 1 10.8 .473 .000 .789 2.0 1.1 .6 .1 2.5
2007–08 Chicago 22 2 10.1 .400 .000 .429 1.7 1.0 .6 .1 2.3
2007–08 Seattle 13 0 6.5 .375 .000 1.000 1.7 .4 .4 .1 1.1
Career 477 179 16.8 .438 .278 .763 3.2 1.4 .9 .1 4.0

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002 Dallas 4 1 14.3 .588 .000 .000 2.3 1.0 .5 .2 5.0
2003 Dallas 15 2 8.7 .415 .333 1.000 2.9 .5 .3 .0 2.5
2005 Chicago 5 0 17.2 .517 .000 .800 4.0 1.8 1.0 .0 6.8
2006 Dallas 20 8 17.5 .542 .000 .875 3.6 1.2 .8 .1 3.6
2007 Chicago 4 0 2.3 .000 .000 .000 .3 .0 .2 .0 .0
Career 48 11 13.2 .487 .200 .765 3.0 .9 .6 .1 3.4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame - Seton Hall Athletics - SHUPirates.com". Seton Hall Athletics - SHUPirates.com. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Report: Bulls, Adrian Griffin agree to three-year deal". ESPN.com. 17 July 2006. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  3. ^ Cavaliers Acquire Williams in Three-Team Trade, August 13th, 2008
  4. ^ "NBA.com: Transactions: 2010-11 Season". Nba.com. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Magic Name Griffin, Mathis, Elie and Henry Assistant Coaches". NBA.com. June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "Sources: Griffin to take Williams' spot for OKC". Espn.com. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Report: Raptors to hire Adrian Griffin as lead assistant coach - Sportsnet.ca". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  8. ^ Deveney, Sean (April 3, 2014). "The Baseline: Adrian Griffin could be your team's next head coach". Sportingnews.com. Retrieved February 13, 2018.

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