Taylor Griffin (born April 18, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Pallacanestro Trapani of the Italian Serie A2. He played college basketball at the University of Oklahoma and is the older brother of Blake Griffin.
|Born||April 18, 1986|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||231 lb (105 kg)|
|High school||Oklahoma Christian School|
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|2012–2015||Santa Cruz Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
Taylor Griffin was born on April 18, 1986, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Tommy Griffin, who is of Haitian descent, and to Gail Griffin, who is white. His father was a basketball center and track standout at NAIA Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Griffin and his younger brother, Blake Griffin, were home-schooled by their mother from first grade until Taylor was in the tenth grade and Blake was in eighth.
Blake and Taylor Griffin played at Oklahoma Christian School under their father, who was the head coach. The brothers played together during the 2003–04 and 2004–05 high school seasons, winning two Oklahoma 2A state high school basketball championships.
With his brother Blake, Taylor Griffin helped lead Oklahoma to the Elite Eight of the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. As a senior, he averaged 9.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 steals a game with 53.6% field goal shooting, and 35.7% three-point field goal shooting.
Taylor was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 48th overall pick of the 2009 NBA draft. His younger brother Blake was taken as the 1st pick by the Los Angeles Clippers. He joined the Suns for the 2009 NBA Summer League. On August 17, 2009, he signed his first professional contract with the Suns. Griffin was assigned multiple times to the Iowa Energy during his rookie season.
In November 2012, Griffin was acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors. In November 2013, he was reacquired by the Warriors. On January 3, 2014, he was waived by the Warriors due to a season-ending injury. On November 3, 2014, he was again reacquired by the Warriors. On April 26, 2015, he won the D-League championship with the Warriors. He was selected to play on the NBA D-League Select team during the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV.
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|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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- Taylor Griffin – SoonerSports.com Archived 2011-01-24 at the Wayback Machine. soonersports.com. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
- Anderson, Kelli (January 26, 2009). Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin is a skilled mimic. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
- O'Neil, Dana (August 6, 2009). Griffin's return to Oklahoma has Sooners looking for title. ESPN. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
- Garcia, Marlen (January 26, 2009). Sooners' savior? Blake Griffin guides Oklahoma's title quest. USA Today. Updated 1/26/2009. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
- George, Brandon (March 21, 2008). Sooners' Griffin built tough, thanks to folks at home. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
- SportsNation. Chat with Blake Griffin. ESPN. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
- Taylor Griffin Recruiting Profile
- Taylor Griffin NBA & ABA Stats
- Blake Griffin Goes #1; Taylor Griffin Just Drafted #48 By Suns
- Taylor Griffin Player Profile – RealGM
- Suns assign Taylor Griffin to D-League
- Belgacom Liege adds Taylor Griffin and Cedric Bozeman
- "WIZARDS: Dakota signs Taylor Griffin". BismarckTribune.com. January 9, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
- Santa Cruz Warriors Announce Training Camp Roster Archived 2015-04-08 at the Wayback Machine
- "Santa Cruz Warriors Announce 2014 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. November 3, 2014. Archived from the original on November 9, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
- "Title Wave: Santa Cruz Wins NBA D-League Championship". NBA.com. April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- "Pallacanestro Trapani announces Taylor Griffin". Sportando.com. August 13, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015.