Taylor Griffin

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.

Taylor Griffin
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Personal information
Born (1986-04-18) April 18, 1986 (age 34)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High schoolOklahoma Christian School
(Edmond, Oklahoma)
CollegeOklahoma (2005–2009)
NBA draft2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career2009–2016
PositionSmall forward / Power forward
Career history
2009–2010Phoenix Suns
2009–2010Iowa Energy
2010–2011Liège Basket
2012Dakota Wizards
2012–2015Santa Cruz Warriors
2015–2016Pallacanestro Trapani
Career highlights and awards

Early yearsEdit

ChildhoodEdit

Taylor Griffin was born on April 18, 1986, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Tommy Griffin, who is of Haitian descent,[1][2] and to Gail Griffin, who is white.[3] His father was a basketball center and track standout at NAIA Northwestern Oklahoma State University.[4] 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.[5][6][7][8]

High schoolEdit

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.[5]

Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Griffin was listed as the No. 34 power forward and the No. 141 player in the nation in 2005.[9]

College careerEdit

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.[10]

Professional careerEdit

Taylor was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 48th overall pick of the 2009 NBA draft.[11] 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.[12] Griffin was assigned multiple times to the Iowa Energy during his rookie season.[12][13]

Griffin re-joined the Suns for the 2010 NBA Summer League. On July 26, 2010, he was waived by the Suns.[12] In August 2010, he signed with Belgacom Liège Basket of Belgium.[14]

On December 10, 2011, Griffin signed with the Charlotte Bobcats. However, he was waived by the Bobcats on December 23.[12] On January 9, 2012, he was acquired by the Dakota Wizards.[15]

In November 2012, Griffin was acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors.[12] In November 2013, he was reacquired by the Warriors.[16] 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.[17] On April 26, 2015, he won the D-League championship with the Warriors.[18] He was selected to play on the NBA D-League Select team during the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV.

On August 13, 2015, Griffin signed with Pallacanestro Trapani of the Italian Serie A2.[19]

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

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Phoenix 8 0 4.0 .400 .000 .500 .3 .1 .0 .3 1.3
Career 8 0 4.0 .400 .000 .500 .3 .1 .0 .3 1.3

NBA D-LeagueEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Iowa 12 11 28.9 .435 .235 .705 6.2 2.2 1.3 .4 9.6
2011–12 Dakota 30 5 18.3 .382 .327 .623 4.5 .8 .8 .3 6.2
2012–13 Santa Cruz 48 44 25.6 .426 .347 .669 6.5 1.9 1.2 .5 10.7
Career 90 60 23.6 .416 .326 .664 5.8 1.6 1.1 .4 9.1

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Iowa 3 2 29.0 .318 .000 .357 9.3 1.0 1.0 .3 6.3
2012 Dakota 2 0 11.5 .333 .000 .750 2.5 1.0 .0 .0 2.5
2013 Santa Cruz 6 6 21.0 .414 .400 .833 5.3 1.2 1.2 .2 6.0
Career 11 8 21.4 .370 .286 .600 5.9 1.1 .9 .2 6.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Blake Griffin: no longer a rookie". Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  2. ^ "One drop rule:A guide to black celebrities". Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  3. ^ Taylor Griffin – SoonerSports.com Archived 2011-01-24 at the Wayback Machine. soonersports.com. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  4. ^ Anderson, Kelli (January 26, 2009). Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin is a skilled mimic. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  5. ^ a b O'Neil, Dana (August 6, 2009). Griffin's return to Oklahoma has Sooners looking for title. ESPN. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  6. ^ Garcia, Marlen (January 26, 2009). Sooners' savior? Blake Griffin guides Oklahoma's title quest. USA Today. Updated 1/26/2009. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  7. ^ George, Brandon (March 21, 2008). Sooners' Griffin built tough, thanks to folks at home. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  8. ^ SportsNation. Chat with Blake Griffin. ESPN. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  9. ^ Taylor Griffin Recruiting Profile
  10. ^ Taylor Griffin NBA & ABA Stats
  11. ^ Blake Griffin Goes #1; Taylor Griffin Just Drafted #48 By Suns
  12. ^ a b c d e Taylor Griffin Player Profile – RealGM
  13. ^ Suns assign Taylor Griffin to D-League
  14. ^ Belgacom Liege adds Taylor Griffin and Cedric Bozeman
  15. ^ "WIZARDS: Dakota signs Taylor Griffin". BismarckTribune.com. January 9, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  16. ^ Santa Cruz Warriors Announce Training Camp Roster Archived 2015-04-08 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "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.
  18. ^ "Title Wave: Santa Cruz Wins NBA D-League Championship". NBA.com. April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  19. ^ "Pallacanestro Trapani announces Taylor Griffin". Sportando.com. August 13, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015.

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