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Gerald Green, Jr. (born January 26, 1986 in Houston, Texas) is an American professional basketball player for the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. He is also the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion. Green had most of his right ring finger amputated at age eight after an accident.
Green did not play high school basketball until his sophomore year, when he played junior varsity for J.Frank Dobie High School. In his junior year he made the varsity team, but his play was cut short because of academic issues.
He transferred to an alternative school, Gulf Shores Academy in Houston, where he repeated his junior year. In his senior year at Gulf Shores, he averaged 33 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 blocked shots per game. He was named an All-American and played in the annual McDonald's All-American game, which features two teams composed of the best high school basketball players in the United States. Green also won the McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest that year, defeating former Duke player Josh McRoberts.
Green originally committed to attending Oklahoma State University, but later decided to enter the NBA Draft upon graduation. He hired an agent, thereby making himself ineligible to participate in NCAA athletics. Green drew comparisons to Houston Rockets superstar Tracy McGrady in the period leading up to the 2005 NBA Draft. Green was expected by many analysts to be one of the top lottery picks chosen but he fell to the Celtics, who selected him with the 18th pick in the draft. His fall is attributed to his decision to give individual work outs only for the teams with the top six picks prior to the draft
Green was one of the last players to enter the NBA directly from high school, as the collective bargaining agreement between NBA owners and the NBA Players' Association now mandates that American players who enter the NBA Draft must be at least one year removed from the graduation of their high school class and reach age 19 no later than December 31 of the calendar year of the draft.
Green took a prominent role in the offense during the 2006-2007 season, after Celtics captain Paul Pierce went down, but on July 31, 2007 it was made official that Green was to be traded along with Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, and draft picks, to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett.