The NBA has played host to some unforgetable names throughout the years. Wilt Chamberlain. Larry Bird. Magic Johnson. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant. LeBron James.
But for every iconic name the NBA has had, there have been hundreds of ‘common’ names to have played in the league. Your Williams, your Johnsons, and your Smiths.
One name in particular that is extremely common in the NBA is the last name Green, which there have been 23 of them in NBA history over the years.
The name is so common in fact, that out of the 30 teams in the NBA, 29 of them have had a player with Green as their last name, via Kadath12 of Reddit.
The only team to not have a Green on their roster the entire team they’ve played in the NBA? The Toronto Raptors.
Granted, Toronto’s franchise is only 23 years old compared to the 70+ year history of the Celtics, but it’s surprising that the only non-US team is the only team to never have a Green play for them.
Another fun fact about Greens in the NBA, both Gerald Green of the Rockets and Jeff Green of the Cavaliers have played for 12 out of the 30 teams in the league by themselves alone.
Fortunately for the Raptors, they’re not totally devoid of ‘color’ players, as both Damone Brown and Aaron Gray have played for the Canadian team.