Brandon Rush

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Brandon Rush
File:Brandon Rush in 2015.jpg
Rush visits The Pentagon in 2015.
No. 4 – Golden State Warriors
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-07-07) July 7, 1985 (age 33)
Kansas City, Missouri
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Westport
(Kansas City, Missouri)
Mount Zion Christian Academy
(Durham, North Carolina)
College Kansas (2005–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
20082011 Indiana Pacers
20112013 Golden State Warriors
2013–2014 Utah Jazz
2014–present Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Brandon Leray Rush (born July 7, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted in 2008 by the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers 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.[1]

High school career

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

Considered a five-star recruit by, Rush was listed as the No. 2 small forward and the No. 13 player in the nation in 2005.[2] After withdrawing from the 2005 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 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 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. 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.


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 had he not been injured, but returned to play for Kansas. On June 1, 2007, the torn ACL was successfully repaired.[3] 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; 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.[4]

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.[5][6] He was rated number one small forward in all of college basketball by 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.[7] On April 17, 2008, he declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA draft, skipping his senior year.[8]

Professional career

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

On December 19, 2011, Rush was traded to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Louis Amundson.[9][10]

On August 1, 2012, Rush re-signed with the Warriors on a two-year, $8 million contract.[11] In a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on November 2, 2012, Rush injured his left knee landing awkwardly after being fouled in the air by Zach Randolph.[12] An MRI the next day revealed a torn ACL. The extent of the injury ruled him out for the remainder of the 2012–13 season.[13]

On July 10, 2013, Rush was traded, along with Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedriņš and several draft picks, to the Utah Jazz in a three-team trade that brought Andre Iguodala and Kevin Murphy to the Warriors.[14]

On July 22, 2014, Rush signed a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, returning to the franchise for second stint.[15][16] Rush won his first NBA championship with the Warriors after they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals in six games.

On June 25, 2015, Rush exercised his player option with the Warriors for the 2015–16 season.[17] 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.[18] Against the Portland Trailblazers on Jan. 8, 2016, Brandon went 8 for 9 field goals (4 for 4 three pointers) and scored a season high of 20 points.

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  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

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
Career 362 104 23.4 .430 .401 .710 3.1 1.0 .5 .6 7.6


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
Career 8 0 7.8 .368 .667 .500 1.4 .4 .2 .2 2.4

Personal life

Rush was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the brother of former professional basketball players JaRon and Kareem Rush.[19]

See also


  1. "Big 12 Leads Nation With Three On Wooden All-America Team", Big 12 Conference, April 1, 2008.
  2. Brandon Rush Recruiting Profile
  3. "Kansas' Brandon Rush has Successful Surgery on ACL". 2007-06-01. Retrieved 2007-06-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Sources: N.Y. scout led improper workouts
  5. Kansas v. North Carolina 2008, Wikipedia
  6. "North Carolina battles back, but Rush, Kansas close out Tar Heels", Associated Press, April 6, 2008.
  7. Basketball Power Rankings, 2007-2008
  8. KU's Rush, Arthur declare for the NBA draft
  9. "Warriors Acquire Guard Brandon Rush From Indiana". 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2011-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Pacers Acquire Amundson From Golden State For Brandon Rush". December 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Warriors Re-Sign Restricted Free Agent Brandon Rush". 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2012-08-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Brandon Rush Sustains Serious Left Knee Injury". November 2, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Brandon Rush To Miss Remainder Of 2012-13 Season". November 3, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Warriors Acquire Andre Iguodala from Denver Nuggets as Part of Three-Team Trade". NBA. Retrieved July 10, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Warriors Sign Free Agent Brandon Rush to Contract
  16. Rush signs two-year deal with Warriors
  17. "Warriors Guard Brandon Rush Exercises Player Option for 2015-16 Season". June 25, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Warriors run NBA-record start to 18-0, beat Kings 120-101". November 28, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "SLAM ONLINE » Rush In Revolution". Retrieved 26 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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