Andrew Melvin Gooden III (born September 24, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player who is a sports broadcaster for NBC Sports Washington. The power forward played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Gooden played college basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks, where he was a consensus first-team All-American in 2002. He earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors with the Memphis Grizzlies after they selected him in the first round of the 2002 NBA draft with the fourth overall pick.
Gooden with the Wizards in 2014
|Born||September 24, 1981|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school||El Cerrito (El Cerrito, California)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall|
|Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies|
|2009||San Antonio Spurs|
|2010||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
As a senior at El Cerrito High School, Gooden led his Gauchos to the 1999 California Interscholastic Federation Boys' Division III championship game. Washington Union High School (led by future NBA guard DeShawn Stevenson) won the championship game over El Cerrito HS by a score of 77–71.
Gooden joined fellow freshmen Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich for the 1999–2000 season at Kansas. Although at times, Gooden was frustrated with the way things were going his freshman year, he finally adjusted to coach Roy Williams' system.
In his freshman year, the Jayhawks went 24–10 and lost to Duke in the round of 32 during the 2000 NCAA Basketball Tournament. The next season, the Jayhawks went 26–7 and fell to Illinois in the 2001 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen.
In 2002, he led the nation in rebounding and was named NABC national player of the year. The Jayhawks went 33–4, including 16–0 in Big 12 Conference play to win Kansas its first conference championship since 1998. The Jayhawks advanced to their first Final Four in the 2002 NCAA Tournament since 1993; however, they lost to the eventual national champion Maryland in the semifinal.
For being named NABC Player of the Year for 2002, Gooden's jersey (#0) was retired in 2003. The ceremony occurred at halftime of a Kansas home game with Kansas State in what would have been Gooden's senior year had he not foregone his senior year for the NBA.
Gooden declared himself for the draft after his junior year. Out of Kansas, Gooden was selected as the 4th overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2002 NBA draft. In March 2003, Gooden and Gordan Giriček were traded to the Orlando Magic for Mike Miller, Ryan Humphrey, and two draft picks.
On February 21, 2008, at the 2007–08 season's trade deadline, Gooden was traded by the Cavs (along with Larry Hughes, Cedric Simmons, and Shannon Brown) to the Chicago Bulls as a part of a three-team, 11-player deal involving the Seattle SuperSonics.
On March 1, Gooden was bought out of his contract making him a free agent after playing just one game for the Kings.
San Antonio SpursEdit
On July 25, 2009, Gooden posted a message on his Twitter page that said "Dallas Here I Come!!!" Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, reposted Gooden's tweet, adding "Welcome Drew.. !". On July 30, Gooden officially signed with the Mavericks.
Washington Wizards / Los Angeles ClippersEdit
On February 13, 2010, Gooden was traded to the Washington Wizards along with Josh Howard, James Singleton, and Quinton Ross for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson. Four days later, he was traded again, this time to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a three-team, six-player trade that sent Antawn Jamison from Washington to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, a 2010 first-round pick and the rights to Emir Preldžič from the Cavaliers to Washington, Al Thornton from Los Angeles to Washington, and Sebastian Telfair from Los Angeles to Cleveland. Gooden changed his number from #90 to #0 during his tenure with the Clippers.
On July 1, 2010, Gooden agreed to a 5-year/$32 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, which would make the Bucks his ninth team in as many seasons in the league. On April 9, 2011, he recorded his first career triple-double in a win over the Cavaliers with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists.
On March 14, 2012, Gooden recorded his second career triple-double in a win over the Cavaliers with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists.
Second stint with the WizardsEdit
On February 26, 2014, Gooden signed a 10-day contract with the Washington Wizards. On March 8, 2014, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Wizards. On March 18, 2014, he signed with the Wizards for the rest of the season.
On July 18, 2014, Gooden re-signed with the Wizards. In the team's season opener on October 29, 2014, against the Miami Heat, Gooden was named the starting power forward in what was his first of just seven starts for the season. He subsequently scored a season-high 18 points and did not top that mark for the rest of the season.
Big 3 LeagueEdit
In February 2018, Gooden joined the Big 3 League as co-captain of 3's Company. 
Gooden is half Finnish; his father, Andrew Gooden, met Drew's mother, Ulla, while playing pro basketball in Äänekoski, Finland. Gooden's parents divorced later on, and he stayed with his father in California. In August 2014, Gooden attempted to get Finnish citizenship in order to play for their national team, but he failed to do so before the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Gooden enjoys playing the piano.
At the beginning of the 2006–07 season, Gooden appeared with a patch of hair on the back of his head. He refers to this hair style as a "duck tail." Gooden said, "It is drawing a lot of attention ... One thing I've found out is even negative publicity is good publicity. At least I had the (guts) to do it." He claims women love it: "I went from getting compliments to now being sexy."
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|
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- "SoCalHoops High School News". Southern Cal Hoops. Retrieved March 6, 2009.
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- "Drew Gooden Bio Page". NBA.com. Archived from the original on March 7, 2009. Retrieved March 6, 2009.
- "Gooden signs three-year, $23M deal with Cavaliers". Sports.espn.go.com. September 11, 2006. Retrieved March 6, 2009.
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- "Drew Gooden: Season Averages". NBA.com. Retrieved March 6, 2009.
- "Cavaliers Acquire Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak in Three-way Trade With Chicago, Seattle". Sports.myway.com. Retrieved March 6, 2009.
- "Kings acquire four players in three-team trade". NBA.com. February 18, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
- "Final year of Drew Gooden's deal bought out by Sacramento Kings". Sports.espn.go.com. March 2, 2009. Retrieved March 6, 2009.
- "Forward Gooden joins Spurs for playoff run". NBA.com. February 27, 2009. Retrieved March 6, 2009.
- Mavericks sign Gooden
- "Wizards Acquire Howard, Gooden, Singleton, and Ross From Mavericks". NBA.com. February 13, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
- "Wizards Acquire Ilgauskas, Thornton and First-Round Pick In Three-Team Deal". NBA.com. February 17, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
- "Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks - Recap - April 09, 2011 - ESPN". espn.go.com. 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
- "Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks - Box Score - March 14, 2012 - ESPN".
- "Bucks Designate Gooden As Team's Amnesty Player". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
- Wizards Sign Drew Gooden to 10-Day Contract
- WIZARDS NEW POST OPTION: DREW GOODEN
- "Wizards sign Drew Gooden to second 10-day contract". Archived from the original on March 9, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
- Wizards Sign Gooden for Remainder of Season
- Wizards Re-Sign Drew Gooden
- Drew Gooden 2014-15 Game Log
- "WIZARDS RE-SIGN DREW GOODEN". MonumentalNetwork.com. July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
- Wizards Decline Option On Drew Gooden
- "Drew Gooden joining Big3 N". cbssports.com. February 6, 2018. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
- Jemele Hill. "Riding with Drew Gooden". ESPN. October 5, 2007. Retrieved on December 30, 2008.
- Chris Mannix. "First Person: Drew Gooden" Sports Illustrated. April 10, 2006. Retrieved on December 30, 2008.
- Report: Wizards' Drew Gooden won't play for Finland at FIBA World Cup
- "Garbage Time". NBA.com. Retrieved March 6, 2009.
- "Drew defends that patch of hair on neck". InsideBayArea.com. Retrieved March 6, 2009.
- Allen, Scott (March 13, 2017). "'It was a helluva senior year': Drew Gooden to graduate 15 years after leaving Kansas". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
- Bedore, Gary (March 10, 2017). "Fifteen years after leaving KU for the NBA, Drew Gooden will graduate in May". KansasCity.com. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
- Spears, Marc (May 12, 2017). "DREW GOODEN FULFILLS PROMISE TO EARN HIS COLLEGE DEGREE After a 14-year NBA career, the former Jayhawk will walk with the Kansas graduating class on Sunday". The Undefeated. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
- "Former Kansas star Drew Gooden takes it to the hoop with EA Sports in NCAA March Madness 2003". Gamezone.com. September 10, 2008. Archived from the original on February 5, 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2009.