Adrian Griffin

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Adrian Griffin
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Adrian Griffin
Position: Forward
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 230
Nationality: American
Born: 7/4/1974
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas
Draft: undrafted
Drafted By: undrafted
College: Seton Hall
NBA Career: 1999-2008
Mavs Tenure: 2001-2003, 2005-2006

Adrian Griffin (born July 4, 1974 in Wichita, Kansas) had two separate stints as a Dallas Maverick. First, signing with the team as a free agent on July 27, 2001 and then again on November 28, 2005.

Griffin attended Seton Hall University where he helped lead the school to three post-season appearances, including two NCAA Tournaments and a Big East title, during his years there. As a junior, he was selected to the All-Big East third team but it was his senior year when the 6'5 forward came into his own.

One of only three Seton Hall players to ever be named Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year, Griffin also made the All-Big East second team his final season averaging 16.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He finished his four years ranked 18th all-time at Seton Hall in points and is in the school's all-time top ten in rebounds, steals and field goal percentage.

Undrafted out of college, Griffin split the first three years of his professional career between Italy and the Continental Basketball Association where he led the Connecticut Pride to the CBA championship and was named the league's Most Valuable Player. The Boston Celtics took note and signed him for the 1999-2000 campaign.

As a rookie he set career-highs for minutes (26.8) and rebounds (5.2). He played a second season with Boston before signing a free agent contract with the Mavericks on July 27, 2001. He was with Dallas for two seasons averaging 7.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in '01-'02 and 4.4 points and 3.6 boards in a career-high 74 games in '02-'03. He helped the Mavs to the playoffs in both of those seasons.

Griffin moved on and played single seasons in Houston and Chicago before rejoining Dallas as a free agent on November 28, 2005. He again helped usher the Mavs into the NBA playoffs in 2006 averaging 4.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 24 minutes in 52 games.

His final two seasons in the league were spent back in Chicago before he was traded, as part of an eleven player deal, to Seattle where he finished his professional career.

Adrian Griffin was honored by his alma mater Seton Hall in 2010 when he was selected to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. He, most recently, was an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks.