14 Facts About Rickey Green


Rickey Green was born on August 18,1954 and is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association.


Rickey Green then played college basketball at Vincennes University and the University of Michigan; at the latter school, his team lost to the undefeated Big Ten Conference rival Indiana Hoosiers in the championship game of the 1976 NCAA tournament.


Rickey Green was selected with the 16th pick in the 1977 NBA draft, and competed in 14 seasons, playing for the Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Boston Celtics.


Rickey Green was known for his speed, nicknamed "The Fastest of Them All" by announcer Hot Rod Hundley.


In 1988, as a member of the Jazz, Rickey Green scored the five millionth point in NBA history, hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter in a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Rickey Green autographed the ball after the game and it was taken to the NBA Hall of Fame.


Out of the NBA, Rickey Green ultimately found himself playing for the Hawaii Volcanos in the Continental Basketball Association.


Rickey Green returned to the NBA in 1980, having caught the eye of Jazz coach and general manager Frank Layden.


Rickey Green played significant minutes at the point guard position in his first year, teaming with high-scoring small forward Adrian Dantley and rookie shooting guard Darrell Griffith.


Rickey Green continued his strong scoring the following year, averaging 14.3 points per game, and improved in assists and steals, ranking third and second, respectively, among league leaders in those categories.


Rickey Green continued his strong play on offense, averaging 13.2 points and a career-high 9.2 assists per game.


Rickey Green remained the starting point guard for Utah for most of the next three seasons, leading the team into the playoffs each year, but was increasing challenged for playing time by a young new arrival named John Stockton, whom the Jazz had selected in the 1984 NBA Draft.


Rickey Green was chosen by the Charlotte Hornets in the expansion draft in 1988, and ended up playing for five different teams in the last four years of his career, mostly as a backup.


Rickey Green retired in 1992 after a brief stint with the Celtics.