A.C. Green

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A.C. Green
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A.C. Green
Position: Forward-Center
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 220
Nationality: American
Born: 10/4/63
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
Draft: 23rd overall
Drafted By: Lakers
College: Oregon State
NBA Career: 1985-2001
Mavs Tenure: 1996-1999

A.C. Green (born October 4, 1963 in Portland, Oregon) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks on December 26, 1996, along with Michael Finley, Sam Cassell and a 1998 second round draft choice in exchange for Jason Kidd, Tony Dumas and Loren Meyer.

Green attended Oregon State University where he was a four-year starter. His scoring average rose each year he was there from 8.6 points per game as a freshman to 19.1 ppg his senior year. He also worked the boards and saw his rebounding rise over his time at OSU from 5.3 rebounds per game to 9.2 rpg.

As a sophomore, Green was named to the All-Pac 10 team, ranked fourth in the nation his junior year in field goal percentage and was voted third team All-American by the Associated Press as a senior. He was named to the Pac-10's 1980s all-decade team and was inducted into Oregon State's sports Hall of Fame in 1996. He still ranks in Oregon State's top five all-time in scoring, rebounding and free throws.

That distinguished college career helped him to become a first round draft choice of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1985. Green played eight years with the Lakers and was a part of three NBA Championship teams. His numbers in L.A., despite the presence of offensive stars such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and James Worthy, were solid peaking in 1991-1992 when he averaged 13.6 ppg and 9.3 rpg. He was also able to make his mark on the defensive end by leading the Lakers in rebounding for six of his eight seasons.

He began a streak of consecutive games played during his second season which would ultimately culminate with Green holding the NBA record in that category. He became the iron man of the NBA and enjoyed a streak of 1,192 straight games.

A free agent after the 1992-1993 campaign, Green signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns for the following season. It was that year that he had the best scoring year of his career averaging 14.7 ppg. He would spend three-and-a-half seasons with the Suns before being dealt to the Mavericks right after Christmas in 1996.

It was during his first full season with the Mavs that Green played in his 907th consecutive game on November 20, 1997 surpassing Randy Smith who had held the record with 906. As the Mavericks struggled during his years in Dallas, and his personal numbers began to fall, setting the record was definitely the highlight of his time with the Mavs.

Green was dealt back to the Lakers prior to the 1999-2000 season and played one final season, the next year, in Miami reunited with his former head coach Pat Riley. For his sixteen seasons in the league, he appeared in 153 total playoff games, was named to the 1989-1990 All-Star Game and missed only three regular season games during his entire career.

Today, Green is the Ambassador of Basketball for 3BA International, a full court 3-on-3 league that will begin play in June of 2010. He also owns the Portland franchise in that league. In additions, he's deeply involved in running youth basketball camps through his A.C. Green Foundation.