Milwaukee Bucks: New Season, New Faces – Part 1
The 2011 NBA Draft was another wild one for the Milwaukee Bucks who, for the fourth time in as many years, put together a draft day trade. This time around, General Manager John Hammond orchestrated a 3 team deal with the Sacramento Kings and the Charlotte Bobcats.
In the trade, the Bucks received Sacramento’s Beno Udrih, Charlotte’s Stephen Jackson and Shaun Livingston and the 19th overall pick (which was used to select Tennessee Power Forward Tobias Harris) from the Bobcats.
Charlotte obtained the No. 7 pick from Sacramento and forward Corey Maggette from Milwaukee. The Kings received guard John Salmons from Milwaukee and the 10th pick in the draft. Charlotte kept its No. 9 pick.
The draft brings the aforementioned rookie Harris along with 2nd round pick Jon Leuer (a Forward from Wisconsin) into the fold, while the trade brings a trio of veteran faces to Milwaukee to start the 2011 season.
This is the first in a three part series that takes a look at these new faces, starting with Shaun Livingston. Be sure to check back on Wednesday for a look at Beno Udrih and on Friday for a look at Stephen Jackson.
Welcome to Milwaukee, gentlemen! And now, introducing…
Born: Sep 11, 1985
Weight: 185 lbs.
High School: Peoria Central HS (IL)
Years Pro: 5
NBA Draft: 2004; Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall / Los Angeles Clippers
Bio: Shaun Livingston was born in Peoria, Illinois and led his Grade School team to LSA state titles in 1999 and 2000. He went on to play for Richwoods High School for two years before transferring to Peoria Central High School, where he led his team to Class AA state titles in 2003 and 2004.
Livingston was drafted out of High School in 2004 by the Los Angeles Clippers, where he played for 3 seasons. Livingston suffered a severe knee injury in 2007 and bounced around the league, playing for several teams over the next three years before landing with the Charlotte Bobcats. Livingston played off the bench in 73 games with Bobcats in the 2010 – 2011 season before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks on NBA draft day 2011.
- Ranks #50 in the NBA in Turnovers Per 48 Minutes (3.35)
- Middle name: “Patrick”
- 2004 McDonald’s All American (Co-MVP)
- Voted Mister Basketball Illinois (2004)
2004 – 2007 Los Angeles Clippers
2008 – 2009 Miami Heat
2008 Tulsa 66ers (D-League)
2009 Oklahoma City Thunder
2010 Washington Wizards
2010 – 2011 Charlotte Bobcats
2011 – Present Milwaukee Bucks
Points: 25 @ Boston 04/09/10
Rebounds: 9 vs. Houston 12/17/06
Assists: 14 vs. Golden State 02/24/07
Steals: 6 @ Charlotte 04/05/05
Blocks: 4 vs. New Orleans 03/01/06
- “The main focus is to be playing our best basketball when the season’s over and we go into the playoffs.”
- “I feel like my basketball IQ is high enough to where I can adapt.”