Picked 4th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft by Los Angeles Clippers.
got used to winning in grade school where he led Concordia Lutheran Grade School to LSA state titles back-to-back in 1999 and 2000.
The talented guard contiuned his success playing at Peoria Central High School, where he once again led his team to back-to-back titles. This time Class AA state titles in 2003 and 2004.
In 2004 he was also selected as a McDonald's All-American, a First-team Parade All-American and was named Illinois Mr. Basketball in 2004.
You get it, apart from Dwight Howard this kid was a level above most of the other kids in high school.
Livingston first chose to sign with the prestigious Duke University before changing his mind and declaring himself eligible for the 2004 NBA Draft.
Despite his age he was athletic, tall for a guard, had great wingspan and so much talent that he got selected with the 4th overall pick. Before other college prospects like Luol Deng, Devin Harris, Andre Iguodala and Jameer Nelson.
High school prospects usually take some time to develop but Livingston showed a lot of promise in his rookie season, averaging 7.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.4 blocks in 27 minutes per game even though he battled through a knee injury and only managed to play 30 games.
As the Clippers added All-Star point guard Sam Cassell before the 2005 - 2006 season he mostly played shooting guard instead of his natural point guard position during his sophomore season, taking a step back statistically. Much was still expected from Livingston, who played 60 games in his second season, twice as many games as he played during his rookie season.
He had an impressive start of his third season, averaging career highs in nearly every major category.
Then lightning struck. On February 26, 2007 in a games against Charlotte Bobcats Livingston was attempting a fast break layup when he landed awkwardly and his knee totally gave away
(Warning, really strong footage), tearing his ACL, PCL, the lateral meniscus, dislocating his tibio-fibular joint and patella while also spraining his MCL big time.
Doctors even told Livingston that there was a chance that he might have to amputate his leg, but you don't need to be a doctor to understand how severe of an injury this was.
It took him months to be able to walk again and the Clippers chose not to offer him his almost $6 million qualifying offer, making Linvingston a free agent.
While it took some years he made an incredible recovery. 9 years and equally as many teams later Linvingston played an important role on the Warriors 2015 championship run, and if there ever was a Seventh Man of the Year Award, he'd be it.
Up this point of his career Shaun Livingston has played 622 regular seasons games, averaging 6.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks per game while shooting .477 in field goal percentage.