Shaun Patrick Livingston is a professional basketball player from the United States of America and plays as a point guard. Livingston went to the Richwoods High School for two years before joining the Peoria Central High School where he led the team to two consecutive class AA titles in 2003 and 2004. In 2004, he was picked for the McDonald’s High School All-American game and was named as the Co-MVP or the game.
Despite earning a scholarship to Duke University, Livingston decided to declare for the 2004 NBA Draft and forego College. The Los Angeles Clippers picked him at 4th overall in the Draft. Livingston was always considered too tall for a point guard and after Sam Cassell came into the squad, Livingston was mainly used as a shooting guard, a role more suited to his 6’11” frame.
Livingston averaged 6.3 points per game in his first two years with the Clippers but in his third year, 2006-07, he improved drastically to score at 9.3 points per game. However Livingston struggled with a knee injury that season and that left him out of 39 games in 2007. Livingston dislocated his kneecap after landing awkwardly off of a missed layup. His three years at the Clippers were constantly riddled with injuries and he was never one to play regularly for his team. Livingston had missed 101 of the 246 games in his first three years in the NBA.
Livingston’s contract with the Clippers wasn’t renewed after the 2007-08 Season and that meant that he was a free agent. After getting a green signal from his doctors to play again, in June 2008, Livingston was on the lookout for a confirmed return to basketball at the highest level and the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trail Blazers were looking to be first in line. However, Livingston ended up signing up with the Miami Heat in a 2-year deal. He played just 4 games for the heat, scoring at 2.3 points per game, playing just 10.3 minutes.
The Memphis Grizzlies got Livingston on board however, they waived him off the very same day. With no options left, Livingston joined the Tulsa 66ers in the NBA Development League. The team, owned by the Oklahoma City Thunder, signed him up after letting him play for just three weeks, signing a multi-year deal in March, 2009.