If there’s one thing an NBA team with Jeff Green on its roster is sure to have, it’s a decent work ethic and a double-digit point average at the end of the season. The former Georgetown University player, who was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 2007 NBA Draft with the fifth overall selection, subsequently played for seven NBA teams, including the Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, and most notably the Washington Wizards.
Jeff Green’s Biography
On August 28, 1986, Jeffrey Green Sr. and Felicia Akingube welcomed their son Jeffrey Lynn Green to Cheverly, Maryland. With his father’s encouragement and tenacity, Green began playing basketball at a very young age and was quite good at it, thanks to the genes of the older Green, since he himself was an All-League Guard in high school. Green and his father often played the game together on summer days when he was not with his mother and stepfather.
By the time Jeff Green entered high school, he had already made a name for himself. He attended Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he participated in a number of high-profile college programs. In his senior year, Green led his high school to the 2004 State Basketball Championship before accepting the offer to attend Georgetown University.
Green had a very good freshman year at Georgetown, winning the Big East Rookie of the Year 2005 award and a selection for the Big East All-Rookie Team. In his sophomore year, he made only one selection for the second-team All-Big East before leading his school to its first Big East tournament championship in nearly two decades in his junior year. Green’s efforts earned him a unanimous selection to the All-Big East First Team, as he was also named Big East Player of the Year and Big East Tournament MVP. After receiving these awards, Green decided to give up his last year of college and enter the 2007 NBA Draft.
NBA Career and Stats
The Boston Celtics chose Jeff Green in the 2007 NBA Draft’s fifth pick but immediately traded him for the Seattle SuperSonics, a team now known as Oklahoma City Thunder. In his rookie season, Green played in 80 games and averaged 10.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game, earning him a place on the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In the 2008/09 season, Green played in all 82 games of his team and averaged 16.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game.
Green’s stay with the Thunder lasted until February 2011, when he was transferred back to the Celtics. At the end of this season, an aortic aneurysm was detected during a physical examination and his contract was terminated by his team. The player then underwent heart surgery and had to sit out the entire 2011-12 season. After his recovery, the Celtics took him back for the 2012-13 season, in which he averaged 12.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in 81 games. He remained in Boston until January 2015, when he was transferred to the Memphis Grizzlys.
Jeff Green spent one and a half seasons in Memphis before returning to travel, this time to the Los Angeles Clippers, where he spent half a season. At the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Green signed for the Orlando Magic. The following season he signed for the Cleveland Cavaliers, whom he helped reach the 2018 NBA finals, but lost to the Golden State Warriors. In July 2018, the more than ten-year-old NBA veteran signed for the Washington Wizards for the 2018-19 season.
Wife and Family Life
Jeff Green will definitely admit to being the happiest man in the world after dating so far and then exchange vows with his wife Stephanie Hurtado. Stephanie Hurtado is a graduate of Florida International University 2015 and was born on September 17, 1990, in Miami, Florida.
The couple is said to have met through mutual friends in a club in Miami. It has been reported that Jeff and Stephanie made an impression on each other that night, which led them to exchange phone numbers when they separated. The two then began a three-month phone and text message relationship before meeting again.
By this time both parties had fully engaged with each other, which set off a love story that culminated in them starting a family. After they were together for a while, Green took his other half on a trip to Greece in the summer of 2016, as she taught. Here Green asked for her hand in marriage, which she accepted. The following year, on August 9, 2017, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, the two exchanged vows after welcoming a daughter named Sofia Jade in February of that year.