|Date of birth: October 4, 1963|
|Height: 6 ft 9 in||Weight: 220 lbs|
|College: Oregon State|
|NBA Draft:1985; 1st round / 23rd pick |
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
|Pro career: 1985-2001|
|Career highlights and awards|
|A.C. Green at NBA.com|
A.C. Green, Jr., (born October 4, 1963) is a former American professional basketball player who played at Power forward. He has played in more consecutive games than any other player in NBA and ABA history (1192). He has played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks. He grew up in Portland, Oregon. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
Green was a four-year star at Oregon State, where he finished second in school history in rebounding and fourth in scoring. He was an All-Pac-10 selection as a sophomore, and as a junior he ranked fourth in the nation in field goal percentage at .657. As a senior he averaged 19.1 points and 9.2 rebounds and was named to the All-America Third Team.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers, fresh from winning an NBA championship, selected Green as the 23rd overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft.
Green fit well into the Los Angeles flow, as he did not need to have plays run for him in order to be effective. He led the Lakers in rebounding for six of his eight years on the team. In addition to providing the Lakers with constant work on the glass, his speed and willingness to run the break as a power forward helped make the team's "Showtime" offense one of the best ever. Led by Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles captured back-to-back titles in 1987 and 1988, Green's second and third years with the squad. In the two campaigns combined, he averaged 11.1 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting better than .500 from the field. Green also reached the NBA Finals with Los Angeles in 1989 and 1991. Green was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 1988-89, was voted a starter on the 1990 Western Conference All-Star Team and finished fourth in the league in field goal percentage in 1992-93 at .537.
Green left the Lakers in 1993 to sign with the Phoenix Suns as a free agent. The Suns had just reached the NBA Finals, losing in six games to the Chicago Bulls, and they viewed Green as the missing piece to their championship puzzle. Green posted a career-high average of 14.7 points per game in 1993-94, but the Suns were eliminated in the conference semifinals. In 1994-95 he again contributed double-figure scoring and solid rebounding for the Suns, but his playing time and contributions dipped in 1995-96; though he remained the team's second-leading rebounder.
Green was traded two months into the 1996-97 season to the Dallas Mavericks in the deal that brought Jason Kidd to Phoenix. He brought reliable rebounding to the rebuilding Mavs, leading the team off the boards in 30 of the 56 games he played in a Dallas uniform. Due to the trade he was able to move one game closer to the record of consecutive games played, since he appeared in 83 games in 1996-97 instead of the standard 82. He tied Shawn Bradley for the team lead in rebounding in 1997-98 with 8.1 rpg, but his season highlight came on November 20 against Golden State when he played in his 907th consecutive game, becoming the league's all-time iron man, surpassing Randy Smith's mark of 906 consecutive games played.
Green played in his 1,000th consecutive game on March 13, 1999 against Vancouver, and finished the 1998-99 season at 1,028 in a row and counting. After 14 seasons in the league, Green had missed only three games, all during the 1986-87 season (his second in the league) and all because of coach Pat Riley's decision.
Green returned to the Los Angeles Lakers for the 1999-00 season where he won his last NBA Championship with the team. He played his final season with the Miami Heat where he was reunited with Pat Riley. The Heat managed to make the playoffs but were swept in the first round against the Charlotte Hornets.
Iron Man Streak
Green's consecutive games played streak began on November 19, 1986, when the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio. The streak ended on April 18, 2001 when the Miami Heat defeated the Orlando Magic in Orlando. The 1192 game streak was continued with several games in which an injured Green played less than 10 minutes against a career average of 28.6 minutes per game. In 1996, in a stretch of 11 games, Green played less than 10 minutes in 10 of the games, including four consecutive games in which he played 3 minutes or less.
- Green is known as deeply religious and is well-known for proclaiming that he began and ended his NBA career as a virgin. He runs youth camps through his A.C. Green Youth Foundation promoting abstinence until marriage.
- On his homepage, he states that the initials in his name do not stand for anything. His given name is simply "A.C.", comparable to the case of fellow basketball star K.C. Jones.
- Green was married to Veronique Green on April 20, 2002.
- Green converted to Christianity in the town of Hermiston, Oregon, while he was still in high school.