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BRANDON LERAY RUSH (born July 7, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He was drafted in the first round of the 2008 NBA draft
NBA draft
by the Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
, before being traded to the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
on draft day, after playing for Kansas for three seasons, including the 2008 championship season . He was selected as a Wooden Award All-American in both 2007 and 2008 as a Jayhawk. Rush has also played for the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
, Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
, and Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
, winning an NBA championship with the Warriors in 2015 .

CONTENTS

* 1 High school career

* 2 College career

* 2.1 Injury * 2.2 Junior season

* 3 Professional career

* 3.1 Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
(2008–2011) * 3.2 Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
(2011–2013) * 3.3 Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
(2013–2014) * 3.4 Second stint with Golden State (2014–2016) * 3.5 Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
(2016–2017) * 3.6 2017–18 season

* 4 NBA career statistics

* 4.1 Regular season * 4.2 Playoffs

* 5 Personal life * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Rush played high school basketball at Westport High School in Missouri and Mt. Zion Christian Academy in Durham, North Carolina
Durham, North Carolina
.

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com , Rush was listed as the No. 2 small forward and the No. 13 player in the nation in 2005. After withdrawing from the 2005 NBA draft
NBA draft
, he committed to play collegiately at Kansas under Bill Self .

COLLEGE CAREER

Rush was the starting small forward in every game that season. He led the Jayhawks in scoring (13.5 points per game), rebounding (5.9) and three-point shooting percentage (47.2%). He was instrumental in the team's Big 12 Conference
Big 12 Conference
championship run, and was elected the conference Freshman of the Year. He was also the first freshman ever to be named to the First Team All-Big 12, before Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant
did it the following season for the Texas Longhorns. He was selected as the preseason Co-Player of the Year in the Big 12, along with fellow Jayhawk Julian Wright
Julian Wright
. He was also selected as a preseason All-American. In 2007, he earned a position on the All-Tournament Team in the Big 12 Tournament. On April 26, 2007, Rush announced his intentions to enter the 2007 NBA draft, but he did not sign with an agent.

INJURY

Rush returned to Kansas in May 2007, after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a pickup game. He had planned to enter the 2007 NBA draft
NBA draft
had he not been injured, but returned to play for Kansas. On June 1, 2007, the torn ACL was successfully repaired. After rehabilitation, He returned to play in November, and became a starter soon afterward.

On 27 October 2010, it was reported that Rush had, in fact, suffered the ACL injury during an illegal workout conducted by Rodney Heard, director of East Coast scouting for the New York Knicks
New York Knicks
; Isiah Thomas , then-president of the Knicks, is said to have known of the secret workouts. Rush verified the allegation, and severe sanctions were expected to be levied against the Knicks organization.

JUNIOR SEASON

After returning to the starting lineup, he led Kansas to a national title in the 2008 NCAA championship . He was named Most Valuable Player in the national semifinal game against North Carolina , with 25 points and 7 rebounds. He was rated number one small forward in all of college basketball by Rivals.com for his overall statistics after being named MVP in the Big 12 Tournament and averaging 15.8 points per game in the six games of the NCAA national championship tournament. On April 17, 2008, he declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA draft, skipping his senior year.

On February 22, 2017, the University of Kansas basketball program retired his jersey, #25.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

INDIANA PACERS (2008–2011)

Rush was selected 13th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
in the 2008 NBA draft
NBA draft
. He was then traded to the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
, along with Jarrett Jack and Josh McRoberts
Josh McRoberts
, for Jerryd Bayless and Ike Diogu .

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (2011–2013)

On December 19, 2011, Rush was traded to the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
in exchange for Louis Amundson .

On August 1, 2012, Rush re-signed with the Warriors on a two-year, $8 million contract. In a game against the Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
on November 2, 2012, Rush injured his left knee landing awkwardly after being fouled in the air by Zach Randolph
Zach Randolph
. An MRI
MRI
the next day revealed a torn ACL. The extent of the injury ruled him out for the remainder of the 2012–13 season .

UTAH JAZZ (2013–2014)

On July 10, 2013, Rush was traded, along with Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedriņš and several draft picks, to the Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
in a three-team trade that brought Andre Iguodala
Andre Iguodala
and Kevin Murphy to the Warriors.

SECOND STINT WITH GOLDEN STATE (2014–2016)

On July 22, 2014, Rush signed a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, returning to the franchise for a second stint. Rush won his first NBA championship
NBA championship
with the Warriors after they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
in the 2015 NBA Finals
2015 NBA Finals
in six games.

On June 25, 2015, Rush exercised his player option with the Warriors for the 2015–16 season. On November 28, 2015, he started at small forward against the Sacramento Kings in place of the injured Harrison Barnes . He subsequently scored 16 points, his highest scoring total since scoring 19 points on April 22, 2012. On January 8, 2016, he scored a season-high 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting against the Portland Trail Blazers. Rush helped the Warriors win an NBA record 73 games to eclipse the 72 wins set by the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls . Rush played limited minutes during the Warriors playoff run to the NBA Finals . The Warriors would again face the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
. Despite the Warriors going up 3–1 in the series following a Game 4 win, they went on to lose the series in seven games to become the first team in NBA history to lose the championship series after being up 3–1.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (2016–2017)

On July 8, 2016, Rush signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
.

2017–18 SEASON

On September 19, 2017, Rush signed with the Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
. He was waived on October 14 as one of the team’s final preseason roster cuts.

NBA CAREER STATISTICS

LEGEND

GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game

FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw
Free throw
percentage

RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game

BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game BOLD Career high

† Denotes season in which Rush won an NBA Championship

REGULAR SEASON

YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2008–09 Indiana 75 19 24.0 .423 .373 .697 3.1 .9 .5 .5 8.1

2009–10 Indiana 82 64 30.4 .423 .411 .629 4.2 1.4 .7 .8 9.4

2010–11 Indiana 67 21 26.2 .421 .417 .755 3.2 .9 .6 .5 9.1

2011–12 Golden State 65 1 26.4 .501 .452 .793 3.9 1.4 .5 .9 9.8

2012–13 Golden State 2 0 12.5 .667 .000 .667 .5 1.0 .0 .0 7.0

2013–14 Utah 38 0 11.0 .333 .340 .600 1.2 .6 .1 .2 2.1

2014–15 † Golden State 33 0 8.2 .204 .111 .455 1.2 .4 .2 .4 .9

2015–16 Golden State 72 25 14.7 .427 .414 .643 2.5 .8 .3 .3 4.2

2016–17 Minnesota 47 33 21.9 .374 .386 .722 2.1 1.0 .5 .5 4.2

Career 481 163 22.0 .426 .402 .706 2.9 1.0 .5 .5 6.8

PLAYOFFS

YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2011 Indiana 5 0 11.0 .462 .750 .500 1.4 .6 .2 .2 3.2

2015 † Golden State 3 0 2.3 .167 .500 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 1.0

2016 Golden State 14 0 7.9 .450 .333 .500 1.6 .2 .1 .1 1.6

Career 22 0 7.8 .410 .444 .500 1.5 .3 .1 .1 1.9

PERSONAL LIFE

Rush was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the brother of former professional basketball players JaRon and Kareem Rush .

SEE ALSO

* National Basketball Association portal

REFERENCES

* ^ "Big 12 Leads Nation With Three On Wooden All-America Team", Big 12 Conference, April 1, 2008. * ^ Brandon Rush
Brandon Rush
Recruiting Profile * ^ "Kansas\' Brandon Rush
Brandon Rush
has Successful Surgery on ACL". kuathletics.cstv.com. 2007-06-01. Archived from the original on 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2007-06-03. * ^ Sources: N.Y. scout led improper workouts * ^ Kansas v. North Carolina 2008 , * ^ "North Carolina battles back, but Rush, Kansas close out Tar Heels", Associated Press, April 6, 2008. * ^ Rivals.com Basketball Power Rankings, 2007-2008 * ^ KU\'s Rush, Arthur declare for the NBA draft * ^ Ratke, Kyle (February 22, 2017). " Brandon Rush
Brandon Rush
Has Jersey Retired at University of Kansas". nba.com. Retrieved February 25, 2017. * ^ "Warriors Acquire Guard Brandon Rush
Brandon Rush
From Indiana". NBA.com
NBA.com
. 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2011-12-19. * ^ "Pacers Acquire Amundson From Golden State For Brandon Rush". December 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-19. * ^ "Warriors Re-Sign Restricted Free Agent Brandon Rush". NBA.com . 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2012-08-02. * ^ " Brandon Rush
Brandon Rush
Sustains Serious Left Knee Injury". ibabuzz.com. November 2, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2012. * ^ " Brandon Rush
Brandon Rush
To Miss Remainder Of 2012-13 Season". NBA.com. November 3, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2013. * ^ "Warriors Acquire Andre Iguodala
Andre Iguodala
from Denver Nuggets as Part of Three-Team Trade". NBA. Retrieved July 10, 2013. * ^ Warriors Sign Free Agent Brandon Rush
Brandon Rush
to Contract * ^ Rush signs two-year deal with Warriors * ^ "Warriors Guard Brandon Rush
Brandon Rush
Exercises Player Option for 2015-16 Season". NBA.com. June 25, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015. * ^ "Warriors run NBA-record start to 18-0, beat Kings 120-101". NBA.com. November 28, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2015. * ^ "TIMBERWOLVES SIGN GUARD/FORWARD BRANDON RUSH". NBA.com. July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2016. * ^ "BUCKS SIGN BRANDON RUSH". NBA.com. September 19, 2017. Retrieved September 19, 2017. * ^ "Bucks request waivers on three players". NBA.com. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017. * ^ "SLAM ONLINE » Rush In Revolution". Archived from the original on 1 January 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2011.

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