Johnny Green Was Instrumental in the Early Stages of the Knicks Franchise
Green was drafted No. 5 overall by the Knicks in the 1959 NBA Draft out of Michigan State University. He played for the Knicks until 1966 and was named an All-Star in 1962, 1963, and 1965.
In 472 games played for the storied franchise, Green averaged a double-double of 13.0 points and 10.2 rebounds on 45.4 percent shooting from the field. He reached his apex as a Knick and a professional in the 1962-63 campaign, where he put up 18.1 points and 12.1 rebounds a game.
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Green Enjoyed a Long and Fruitful Pro Career After His Days in New York
The Ohio native also played for the Baltimore Bullets (1965-1967), San Diego Rockets (1967-1968), Philadelphia 76ers (1968-1969) and the Cincinnati Royals (1969-1973). At 6-5, Green was able to dominate the glass and finished with 9,083 boards for his career.
“Jumping” Johnny Green passed at a hospital in Huntington, NY. He is remembered by his son, Johnny Jr., and several other children and grandchildren, as Goldstein noted.