Birthplace: Oakland, CA
NBA Seasons: 14
Drew Gooden signed on last season as co-captain of 3’s Company. In his first season with 3’s company, he showed tremendous growth in his versatility and was one of the most effiecient players from behind-the-arc shooting 42.8% from three. Gooden helped 3’s Company to their first Finals berth in the league and was key to their success in the post.
Known as a savvy, hard-working post player, he played 14 seasons in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards.
He attended the University of Kansas, where as a junior he led the country in rebounding and helped the team to its first conference championship since 1998. Kansas made it to the 2002 Final Four, before dropping to Maryland, the eventual national champion, in the semifinal. Gooden’s performance that season earned him Big 12 Player of the Year, National Association of Basketball Coaches co-Player of the Year, and first-team All-American honors. He entered the NBA draft later that year and was selected No. 4 overall by the Grizzlies. He went on to earn first-team NBA All-Rookie honors. In 2006-07, he started a career-high 80 games and helped the Cavaliers win their first Eastern Conference title in franchise history. Over his NBA career, Gooden averaged 11.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.