Adrian Darnell Griffin (born July 4, 1974) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played in the NBA as a shooting guard and small forward from 1999 to 2008. Griffin grew up in Wichita, Kansas and played collegiately at Seton Hall University.
|Born||July 4, 1974|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||217 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Wichita East (Wichita, Kansas)|
|College||Seton Hall (1992–1996)|
|NBA draft||1996 / Undrafted|
|Position||Small forward / Shooting guard|
|1996||Long Island Surf|
|1998||Atlantic City Seagulls|
|1999||Atlantic City Seagulls|
|2008–2010||Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)|
|2010–2015||Chicago Bulls (assistant)|
|2015–2016||Orlando Magic (assistant)|
|2016–2018||Oklahoma City Thunder (assistant)|
|2018–present||Toronto Raptors (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
As assistant coach:
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||1,919 (4.0 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,512 (3.2 rpg)|
|Assists||653 (1.4 apg)|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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.
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.
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.
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 25, 2018, Adrian Griffin was hired by the Toronto Raptors to be the lead assistant coach under first-year head coach Nick Nurse. 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.
Griffin has completed his bachelor's and master's degrees from Seton Hall and is working on his doctorate in leadership studies. Griffin's son AJ is a five-star recruit in the class of 2021 and verbally committed to Duke on November 4, 2019. Griffin’s other son, Alan, played his first two college seasons at Illinois before transferring to Syracuse to continue his collegiate career. His daughter, Aubrey, plays for UConn.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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|
- "Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame - Seton Hall Athletics - SHUPirates.com". Seton Hall Athletics - SHUPirates.com. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- "Report: Bulls, Adrian Griffin agree to three-year deal". ESPN.com. 17 July 2006. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- Cavaliers Acquire Williams in Three-Team Trade, August 13th, 2008
- "NBA.com: Transactions: 2010-11 Season". Nba.com. Archived from the original on 7 July 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- "Magic Name Griffin, Mathis, Elie and Henry Assistant Coaches". NBA.com. June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
- "Sources: Griffin to take Williams' spot for OKC". Espn.com. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- "Report: Raptors to hire Adrian Griffin as lead assistant coach - Sportsnet.ca". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- Deveney, Sean (April 3, 2014). "The Baseline: Adrian Griffin could be your team's next head coach". Sportingnews.com. Retrieved February 13, 2018.