Steve Green

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Steve Green Biography

Steve Michael Green was a former basketball player that played for the Indiana Hoosiers and then played professionally in a number of leagues, including the NBA. He is from Madison, Indiana and went to Silver Creek High School in Sellersburg, Indiana. After a career in basketball, Steve Green went back to school to become a dentist. He currently has a dental practice in Fishers, Indiana.

  • Name: Steve Michael Green
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Nationality: USA
  • Age: 70 years old
  • Birthday: October 4, 1953
  • Hometown: Madison, Indiana
  • High School: Silver Creek High School (Sellersburg, Indiana)
  • Height: 6’7″ (201 cm)
  • Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
  • Seasons: 3 (1972-1973, 1973-1974, 1974-1975)
  • Jersey: #34, #42, #24
  • NBA Draft: 1975 / Round: 2 / Pick 30th Overall by the Chicago Bulls
  • Education: Indiana University, Indiana University School of Dentistry (1980)

Awards and Accolades

  • 1975 Third-team All-American – NABC, UPI
  • Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame (Inducted 1999)

Steve Green Seasons with the Hoosiers

1972-1973 Indiana Basketball Season
Bob Knight (2nd Season)
22-6 (11-3 Big Ten)
🏆 1st Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA Final Four
1973-1974 Indiana Basketball Season
Bob Knight (3rd Season)
23-5 (12-2 Big Ten)
🏆 1st Place Big Ten
🏆 CCA Tournament Champions
1974-1975 Indiana Basketball Season
Bob Knight (4th Season)
31-1 (18-0 Big Ten)
🏆 1st Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA Elite Eight

Steve Green Indiana University Statistics

1972-1973 28 705 116 249 0.466 50 64 0.781 130 49 58 94 282
1973-1974 28 879 206 378 0.545 55 80 0.688 151 47 71 86 467
1974-1975 31 899 203 349 0.582 110 138 0.797 132 45 57 83 516
Career 87 2483 525 976 0.538 215 282 0.762 413 141 186 263 1265

Steve Green High School (Silver Creek) Career

Silver Creek 1969

Steve Green played for his father Ray Green at Silver Creek High School where he scored a total of 1,404 points during his four years of high school. During that time, the Silver Creek Dragons went 58-14 on those teams.

In 1969, Steve Green took the Silver Creek Dragons to their first ever regional victory, defeating teams like Shawe Memorial, New Washington, Madison, Franklin and Shelbyville. Their success led them to Hinkle Fieldhouse where they faced an undefeated Indianapolis Washington team led by none other than future Naismith Hall of Famer and future Indiana University star George McGinnis. That team also had IU standout Steve Downing.

Steve Green Indiana University Basketball Career

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Steve Green was one of Bob Knight’s first recruits ever at Indiana University. In 1971, Steve Green enrolled at Indiana University, which had a recent coaching change to a new, fiery head coach Bob Knight.

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After sitting out his freshman year, Steve Green saw his first glimpse of post-season success. The 1972-1973 team advanced all the way to the 1973 NCAA Final Four before losing number one ranked UCLA in the Final Four.

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In the two years following, Steve Green helped Indiana accumulate a 54-6 record that included only 2 losses to Big Ten opponents during this time. Indiana was the 1974 CCA Champion and an Elite Eight finisher in 1975.

Throughout his career at Indiana University, Steve Green scored a career 1,265 points and grabbed 413 rebounds. His Hoosier teams finished with a combined record of 76-12.

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Steve Green Professional Basketball Career

After graduating from Indiana University, Steve Green entered the 1975 NBA Draft and he was selected 30th overall by the Chicago Bulls. Along with teammate John Laskowski, the pair were the first two picks by the Chicago Bulls in that draft. Green was also selected by the Utah Stars in the ABA Draft in 1975.

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During his professional career, Green started off playing for the Utah Stars in the ABA where he had the most success. He averaged 14.9 points per game and shot over 82% from behind the free throw line. Green also averaged 7 rebounds in each contest with the Stars.

Green spent a short stint in St. Louis where he averaged only 6.6 points per game due to his minutes by cut from 33 minutes per game to less than 15 minutes per game.

Between 1976 and 1979, Green played primary in a reserve role with the Indiana Pacers in the NBA. His averages declined year over year, before he finally decided to give the Italian leagues a test. In 1979, Steven Green played a single season with Stella Azzurra Roma. Ultimately, he would decide to retire from the game of basketball and take an entirely different career path.

Professional Playing Career

  • 1975 Utah Stars (ABA)
  • 1975-1976 Spirits of St. Louis (ABA)
  • 1976-1979 Indiana Pacers (NBA)
  • 1979-1980 Stella Azzurra Roma (Italy)

Steve Green Life after Basketball

Steve Green entered the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1980 after he received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. He has been practicing dentistry since 1984 upon his graduation of dental school. He has a practice that is located in Fishers, Indiana.

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