Greg Buckner

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Greg Buckner
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Greg Buckner
Position: Shooting Guard
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 210
Nationality: American
Born: 9/16/1976
Birthplace: Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Draft: 53rd overall
Drafted By: Dallas
College: Clemson
NBA Career: 1998-2009
Mavs Tenure: 1998-2000, 2006-2007

Greg Buckner (born September 16, 1976 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky) was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1998 NBA draft.

Buckner attended Clemson where he became the first Tiger, and only the fifth player in ACC history, to lead his team in scoring 4 straight years. Set a school record for consecutive games started (122). Averaged 16.3 points (53.7% FGs), 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists as a senior. After the 1994-1995 season became Clemson's first-ever ACC Rookie of the Year and went on to be named to the All-ACC Second Team his junior year and senior years. Finished career ranked third all-time in scoring (1,754) and second all-time in minutes played (3,954) and field goals made (679). Over his college career, became only the third player in Clemson history to exceed 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists.

He was selected by Dallas in the second round (53rd pick overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft. Waived by Dallas on 2/2/99 and went on to play with Grand Rapids of the CBA. Was re-signed by Dallas to the first of two consecutive 10-day contracts on 1/6/2000, and then signed for the remainder of the season on 1/26/2000. Signed a two-year contract with Dallas on 8/5/2000. His best season with the Mavericks was in 2000-2001 when he appeared in 37 games averaging 6.2 points per game.

Signed a 2-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent on 7/25/2002. He played two seasons in the City of Brotherly Love appearing in 75 games his first season and posting a 6.0 ppg average. On October 4, 2006 Buckner was signed by the Denver Nuggets and had the best seasons of his professional career. In 2004-2005, he saw action in 70 games averaging 6.2 ppg and the next season appeared in 73 games boosting his scoring to 6.7 ppg. He had an additional season with the Mavs in 2006-2007 playing in a career-best 76 games.

Dallas traded the 6'4 guard to Minnesota for Trenton Hassell on October 1, 2007 and Buckner played one year with the Timberwolves before another trade took (that also involved former Maverick Antoine Walker) sent him to Memphis. He was with the Grizzlies for one season before being included in a four-team deal on July 9, 2009 that sent his rights back to the Mavs. Dallas, however, waived Buckner on September 14, 2009.

He is now a player development coach with the Houston Rockets.

He was honored by his alma mater with induction into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. He's very involved in helping young people through his Greg Buckner Foundation.