Johnny Green (basketball)

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Personal informationJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_0_0
BornJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_1_0 (1933-12-08) December 8, 1933 (age 87)

Dayton, OhioJohnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_1_1

NationalityJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_2_0 AmericanJohnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_2_1
Listed heightJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_3_0 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)Johnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_3_1
Listed weightJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_4_0 200 lb (91 kg)Johnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_4_1
Career informationJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_5_0
High schoolJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_6_0 Dunbar (Dayton, Ohio)Johnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_6_1
CollegeJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_7_0 Michigan State (1956–1959)Johnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_7_1
NBA draftJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_8_0 1959 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overallJohnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_8_1
Playing careerJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_9_0 1959–1973Johnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_9_1
PositionJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_10_0 Power forwardJohnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_10_1
NumberJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_11_0 11, 24, 16, 12, 20Johnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_11_1
Career historyJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_12_0
19591965Johnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_13_0 New York KnicksJohnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_13_1
19651967Johnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_14_0 Baltimore BulletsJohnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_14_1
1967–1968Johnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_15_0 San Diego RocketsJohnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_15_1
19681969Johnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_16_0 Philadelphia 76ersJohnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_16_1
19691973Johnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_17_0 Cincinnati Royals / Kansas City-Omaha KingsJohnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_17_1
Career highlights and awardsJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_19_0
Career NBA statisticsJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_21_0
PointsJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_22_0 12,281 (11.6 ppg)Johnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_22_1
ReboundsJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_23_0 9,083 (8.6 rpg)Johnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_23_1
AssistsJohnny Green (basketball)_header_cell_0_24_0 1,449 (1.4 apg)Johnny Green (basketball)_cell_0_24_1

John M. "Jumpin' Johnny" Green (born December 8, 1933) is an American retired professional basketball player. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_0

Early life Johnny Green (basketball)_section_0

Green was born in Dayton, Ohio, and attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_1

Green was under six feet tall in high school and didn't play basketball. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_2

He worked part-time at a Dayton bowling alley and, after graduation, for a construction company and at a junkyard for six months before joining the U.S. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_3 Marine Corps during the Korean War. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_4

It was while in the military that, at age 20, he sprouted to 6-foot-5 and played on the base's basketball team. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_5

The Marine base football coach, Dick Evans, a Michigan State University (then College) alumnus, recognized Green's athletic ability and wrote a letter of recommendation to MSU basketball coach Forddy Anderson. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_6

Green, by then age 21, visited MSU while on leave in October 1955. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_7

College career Johnny Green (basketball)_section_1

After completing his military commitment, Green enrolled at Michigan State in 1955, and played on the 1955–56 Spartans' freshman team. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_8

He became eligible to play on the varsity in January 1957, at age 23. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_9

Green played in 18 games that season as a power forward, setting a new Michigan State rebounding record with 14.6 per game as the Spartans were Big Ten champions. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_10

They advanced to the NCAA tournament semifinal game, which they lost in triple overtime to eventual champion North Carolina despite Green's 19 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_11

The Spartans finished the season winning 12 out of 13 games to end with a 16–10 overall record. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_12

As a junior in 1957–58, he increased his per-game rebounding average to 17.8 while averaging 18.0 points per game on 53.8 percent field goal shooting. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_13

He was named second-team All-American by NABC and The Sporting News and third-team All-American by the Associated Press (AP), United Press International (UPI) and the Helms Foundation. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_14

In 1958–59, he led the Spartans to another Big Ten title and a 19–4 record, falling a game short of the NCAA Final Four. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_15

Averaging 18.5 points and 16.6 rebounds per game, he earned first-team All-American honors from the Helms Foundation and was second-team All-American of AP, UPI, NABC and The Sporting News. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_16

While in college, he was married and in 1957 Green's wife gave birth to sons Jeffery and Johnny. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_17

Green's career rebounding average was 16.4 per game, topped in Big Ten history by only hall-of-famer Jerry Lucas' 17.2. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_18

He remains third on the Spartans' all-time career rebounding list with 1,036 – in less than three seasons. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_19

He also averaged 16.9 points per game, scoring 1,062 overall. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_20

He was also named first-team All-Big Ten for three years and was named Big Ten MVP in 1958–59. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_21

Michigan State named an annual rebounding award in Green's honor. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_22

His jersey number 24 was retired by Michigan State. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_23

He was inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_24

Professional career Johnny Green (basketball)_section_2

Green was a first-round draft pick (fifth overall) in the 1959 NBA draft by the New York Knicks. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_25

In his rookie season of 1959–60 for the Knicks, during which he turned age 26, he played nearly 18 minutes per game, averaging 7.0 points and 7.8 rebounds. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_26

On February 26, 1960, against the Philadelphia Warriors, he set a Knicks rookie record that still stands with 25 rebounds. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_27

His playing time increased in 1960–61, when he averaged 10.2 points and 10.7 rebounds. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_28

He was a full-time starter in 1961–62, averaging 15.9 points and 13.3 rebounds, leading the team in rebounds with 1,066, and he was named to the NBA All-Star Game. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_29

In February 1962, he set Knicks team record with three consecutive games of 20 or more rebounds (since tied by Walt Bellamy, Willis Reed and Tyson Chandler). Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_30

In 1962–63 his scoring average was a career-high 18.1 along with 12.1 rebounds per game, and he again led the Knicks with 964 rebounds. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_31

He was named an NBA All-Star for the second time. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_32

Green's playing time dipped slightly in 1963–64, but he still averaged 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game including a season-high 27 points on November 16, 1963 against the Cincinnati Royals. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_33

He also led the Knicks in rebounding for a third consecutive season with 799. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_34

In 1964–65, he averaged 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds and was named an NBA all-star for the third time. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_35

He had a season-high 33 points on December 30, 1964 against the San Francisco Warriors. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_36

In 1965–66, his seventh with the Knicks, after seven games he was traded to the Baltimore Bullets. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_37

For the season, he averaged 11.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and his .536 field goal percentage ranked second in the league. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_38

In 1966–67 with the Bullets, in a part-time role he averaged 8.2 points and 6.5 rebounds. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_39

On May 1, 1967, he was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the NBA expansion draft. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_40

During the 1967–68 season, he played in 42 games for the Rockets, averaging over 25 minutes per game. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_41

On January 11, 1968, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, for whom he played 35 games in a reduced role, averaging just over 10 minutes per game. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_42

For the season, he averaged 13.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_43

In 1968–69, during which he turned 35 years old, he again averaged just over 10 minutes per game with the 76ers, averaging a career-low 4.7 points and 4.5 points per game. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_44

After the season, he was released by the 76ers. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_45

However, just when it appeared Green's NBA career might be over after 10 seasons, in September 1969 he called Cincinnati Royals coach Bob Cousy and asked for a tryout. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_46

He signed as a free agent with the Royals and had a career resurgence in the 1969–70 season. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_47

He became a starter for the Royals, averaging 15.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game while leading the NBA in field goal percentage at .559. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_48

He had a season-high 32 points on March 11, 1970, against the Boston Celtics and averaged 23.5 points per game over the final seven games. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_49

The resurgence continued in 1970–71 – at age 37, he again led the NBA in field goal percentage at .587, averaging 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game – and he was named an NBA all-star for the fourth time in his career. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_50

On December 20, 1970, he had one of his best-ever games, scoring a career-high 39 points in a one-point double-overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_51

There wasn't much fall-off in 1971–72. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_52

Although he turned 38, he played in all 82 games, averaging 9.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_53

The following season, 1972–73, the Royals franchise relocated and became the Kansas City-Omaha Kings. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_54

But despite turning 39, he remained a significant contributor, playing nearly 19 minutes per game and averaging 7.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_55

It was his final NBA season. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_56

Green tallied 12,281 points and 9,083 rebounds in his 14-year career, with per-game averages of 11.6 points and 8.6 rebounds with a career .493 field goal percentage. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_57

After basketball Johnny Green (basketball)_section_3

Green entered the restaurant business and owned one of the most popular McDonald's franchises in the world in Springfield Gardens, New York, near (JFK Airport) Green resides on Long Island. Johnny Green (basketball)_sentence_58

See also Johnny Green (basketball)_section_4

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