Now I know that I should be writing about someone other than a Celtic, especially not about one who donned the number 0 (I wrote about Walter McCarty last week), but Orien Greene was just too hard to pass up. I mean, come on, how can you not write about a guy that misses wide open layups.
Greene was drafted with the 53rd overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by your hometown C’s. Greene started his NBA career coming off the bench to relieve Delonte West. During his rookie year, Greene played in 80 games, compiling totals of 3.2 PPG, 1.8 RPG, and 1.6 APG.
After only one season in Boston, Greene was waived by the Celtics and picked up by the Pacers. In his only season in Indiana, Greene’s numbers went down considerably across the board. He played in only half of his team’s game, averaging a mere 1.5 PPG, 1.1 RPG, and 0.5 APG.
Greene faced the same fate in Indiana that he did in Boston, being released by his team after only one season. “Big-O” was eventually picked up by the Sacramento Kings, but was released after only appearing in seven games.
From 2008 to 2010, Greene spent his time playing basketball between the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian Basketball League (shout out to Richard Burton, one of my professors at Syracuse who was the former commissioner of the league), the Utah Flash of the D-League, and the New Jersey Nets, with whom he signed a 10-day contract in early 2011.
On November 10, 2011 Greene signed to play basketball for the Halifax Ramen of the National Basketball League of Canada.