Drew Gooden (born September 24, 1981 in Oakland, California) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on July 30, 2009.
Gooden attended the University of Kansas where he joined with fellow freshmen Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison to lead the Jayhawks to three straight NCAA tournament appearances.
He saw both his scoring and rebounding averages rise all three years he was in college. His junior year, Gooden led the nation in rebounding, was a first team All-American selection and was named Basketball America's Player of the Year after leading Kansas to a 16-0 record in the Big 12 and an appearance in the NCAA Final Four.
Passing on his senior season, in favor of declaring for the NBA draft, Gooden still managed to end his KU career ranked 12th all-time in scoring, 5th in rebounding and 3rd in double/doubles with 44. He is also only the second player in Kansas history with 1500 points, 900 rebounds, 100 blocks and 100 steals in a career. His jersey number (00) was retired by the school in 2003.
The Memphis Grizzlies made Gooden their first round selection (fourth overall) in the 2002 NBA draft. Despite averaging 12.5 points over 70 games, he was traded to the Orlando Magic before his rookie season was over. He finished the season being named to the NBA's All-Rookie first team.
Following one more season with the Magic, Gooden was traded to Cleveland where he posted a career best 14.4ppg average, along with 9.2 rpg, while playing in all 82 of the Cavs games that season.
The 6'10 forward spent a total of three seasons in Cleveland before being traded to Chicago. In 2007-2008 he averaged 14.0 ppg and a career-best 9.3 rpg. Again the next season, however, Gooden was traded again, this time to Sacramento (where he saw action in only one game) and almost immediately from the Kings to San Antonio. With the Spurs, he averaged 9.8 points over 19 games which is the only time in his career that he's posted a single-digit scoring average.
Gooden signed with the Dallas Mavericks in July of 2009. He appeared in 46 games for the Mavs averaging 8.9 ppg and 6.9 rpg before being traded with Josh Howard, James Singleton and Quinton Ross to the Washington Wizards for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson on February 13, 2010