ORIEN GREEN

Currently playing for the Los Angeles Defenders in the National Basketball Development League, Orien Greene was originally drafted in 2005 NBA Draft with the 53rd overall pick by the Boston Celtics. With Boston he played in all but two games and averaged over 15 minutes of action per game. In addition to his time playing for the Celtics, Orien also had stints with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and New Jersey Nets.

He has been the starting point guard all of the 2011-2012 season for the NBDL Defenders, averaging 13.9 points, 5.6 assists and 5.4 rebounds, while providing his always tenacious defense and team leadership.

Greene is a 6-5 pass-first PG with outstanding athletic ability, a great wingspan and fantastic skills on the defensive end. He is built extremely well and has all the size, strength and length you could ask for from a player at his position. He's an extremely fluid athlete with good quickness, a very nice first step and a terrific vertical leap.

   

Defensively is where he excels the most right now. His lateral movement is superb and his hands are excellent, he can guard both the 1 and the 2 positions and has the ability to stay in front of pretty much any PG in the country. He has an uncanny knack for anticipating steals and getting in the passing lanes, and has been on the right end of numerous breakaways to finish with an emphatic dunk thanks to this skill. Greene is excellent at putting pressure on the ball, and is very good at sticking his hand in just the right spot to pick his opponent's pocket and come up with the steal.

Offensively, he can create his own shot and he can knock down the open three if you give him space. He can pull-up from mid-range off the dribble or use his size to post up his man and muscle his way to the hoop, a nice skill to have considering that he'll always be bigger and stronger than his matchup at any level he plays at.

A highly-touted prospect coming out of high school, the 6'4" (1.93 m) point guard originally chose to attend the University of Florida, his hometown college. However, after a couple of years Greene became dissatisfied with his playing time and decided to transfer to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he became known in the Sun Belt Conference for his aggressive play, winning the Defensive Player of the Year award his senior season.

Matt Bonner and Udonis Haslem (two former Florida Gators who had to take a back route into the league and are now on their way to big NBA paydays) have both been quoted saying that Greene was by far the best player on the court every time they played a pickup game together.

As a high school player Greene was considered one of the most talented players in the nation at his position (a top 30 recruit) and was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Florida after putting up one of the most impressive senior years of any Florida player in years, helping to lead a no-name team from Gainesville to back to back state titles.

Orien has also played overseas acquiring solid experience.

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