Born: July 4, 1974 (Wichita, Kansas)
Graduated: Wichita East High School, 1992 / Seton Hall University, 1996
One of the most decorated basketball players in Wichita high school basketball history, Adrian Griffin attended Wichita East High School and was named a two-time All-State selection and led the Blue Aces to a state championship in his senior year, 1992.
Following that, Griffin attended Seton Hall University for four years and was a starter in three of them. As a junior, Griffin led the Pirates with 15.3 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game, en route to being named to the All-Big East third-team.
In his senior year, Griffin took another step forward, averaging 19.5 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game, being named to the All-Big East second-team. Griffin was also named the Big East Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
After his college career finished, Griffin went to play basketball in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) in Long Island, Connecticut, and Atlantic City, before going to Italy and then returning to the CBA, where he won the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 1999.
Following his MVP season in the CBA, Griffin began his NBA career in 1999. Griffin played nine seasons with five teams in the NBA, playing with the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Seattle Supersonics. Griffin played 477 games and averaged 4.0 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game in his career.
Griffin was a part of the 2006 Dallas Mavericks team that made the NBA Finals. Griffin started three games in The Finals, including both of their wins in the series.
In 2008, Griffin retired from the NBA. Since retirement, Griffin has been an assistant coach for five NBA teams and the 2014 Team USA team in the FIBA World Cup.
In 2019, Griffin was the assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors as they won the first NBA championship in their franchise’s history.
Griffin is a member of the Wichita East Hall of Fame and the Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame.
Griffin has four children, three of whom are current college basketball players playing for some of the greatest college basketball coaches of all-time. His oldest son Alan plays for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse, his daughter Aubrey plays for Geno Auriemma at UConn and his youngest son A.J. is a five-star recruit in the Class of 2021 who has committed to play for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke.
Please welcome Adrian Griffin to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
By: Sam Hays