|No. 0 - Milwaukee Bucks|
|Date of birth:||September 24, 1981|
|Place of birth:||Oakland California|
|Listed height:||6 ft 10 in|
|Listed weight:||250 lbs|
|NBA Draft:||2002; Round: 1 / Pick: 4th|
|Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies|
|Memphis Grizzlies (2002-2003)|
Orlando Magic (2003-2004)
Cleveland Cavaliers (20042-2008)
Chicago Bulls (2008-2009)
Sacramento Kings (2009)
San Antonio Spurs (2009)
Dallas Mavericks (2009-2010)
Los Angeles Clippers (2010)
Milwaukee Bucks (2010-present)
|Career Highlights and Awards|
|Drew Gooden at NBA.com|
Andrew Melvin "Drew" Gooden (born September 24, 1981 in Oakland, California) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA at Power Forward for the Los Angeles Clippers. Gooden is a 6'10", 250 lbs. power forward from the University of Kansas.
Gooden played the center position at El Cerrito High School where as a senior, he led his Gauchos to the 1999 California Interscholastic Federation Boys Division III championship game. Washington Union High School (led by NBA guard DeShawn Stevenson) won the championship game over El Cerrito HS by a score of 77-71.
Gooden joined Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich in a trio of fabulous freshmen for the 1999-2000 season. Although at times Gooden was frustrated with the way things were going his freshman year, he finally adjusted to coach Roy Williams' system.
In his freshman year, KU went 24-10 and lost to the Duke Blue Devils in the second round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament. The next season, the Jayhawks went 26-7 and fell to the Illinois Fighting Illini, coached by future KU coach Bill Self, in the 2001 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen.
His most successful season was 2002, where he led the nation in rebounding and was named NABC national player of the year. The Jayhawks went 33-4, including 16-0 in Big 12 Conference play to win KU its first conference championship since 1998. The Jayhawks also advanced to their first Final Four in the 2002 NCAA Tournament since 1993; however, they lost to the eventual national champion Maryland Terrapins in the semifinal.
During Gooden's freshman season, at the end of a home loss to the Iowa State Cyclones, one of the Cyclone stars, either Marcus Fizier or Jamaal Tinsley, celebrated the victory by spiking the ball on the Allen Fieldhouse floor. Two years later, Gooden returned the favor when he spiked the ball in the Hilton Coliseum court following a victory that ended the Jayhawks' five-game losing streak to ISU.
For being named NABC player of the year for 2002, Gooden's jersey (#0) was retired in 2003, at halftime of a KU home game with Kansas State in what would have been his senior year had he not foregone his senior year for the NBA.
As a professional, Gooden has established himself as a solid power forward, consistently bringing down double digit numbers in points and rebounds. He is also considered a good guy on and off the court, named one of the "Good Guys in Sports" by The Sporting News.
After the Carlos Boozer controversy, the Cleveland Cavaliers needed another Power Forward. On July 23, 2004 the Cleveland Cavaliers obtained Drew Gooden, Anderson Varejao, and Steven Hunter for Tony Battie and two second-round draft picks from the Orlando Magic via trade.
Gooden re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers for 3 more years on August 14, 2006. He agreed to a three-year, $23 million contract.
In the 2006-07 NBA season, he averaged 11.1 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game.
On February 21, 2008, Gooden was traded from the Cavs (along with Larry Hughes, Cedric Simmons, and Shannon Brown) to the Chicago Bulls as a part of a three team, eleven player deal. The other team involved was the Seattle SuperSonics. This trade occurred on the date of the 2007-2008 seasons Trade Deadline.
On March 1, Gooden was bought out of his contract making him a free agent after playing just one game for the Kings
San Antonio Spurs
On July 25, 2009, Gooden posted a message on his Twitter page that said "Dallas Here I Come!!!" Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, reposted Gooden's tweet, adding "Welcome Drew.. !". On July 30, Gooden officially signed with the Mavericks.
Washington Wizards/Los Angeles Clippers
On February 18, 2010, Gooden along with teammates Josh Howard, James Singleton and Quinton Ross were traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson. Gooden was later involed in a 3 team trade that sent him to the Los Angeles Clippers for Al Thornton to the Washington Wizards and Sebastian Telfair to the Cleveland Cavaliers.