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Jason Richardson
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Phoenix Suns  – No. 23
Born January 20, 1981 (1981-01-20) (age 28)
Saginaw, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
College Michigan State
Draft 5th overall, 2001
Golden State Warriors
Pro career 2001–present
Former teams Golden State Warriors (2001–07)
Charlotte Bobcats (2007–08)
Awards Slam Dunk Contest Winner (2002, 2003)

Jason Anthoney "J-Rich" Richardson (born January 20, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player with for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association.

A 6'6", 225 lb. shooting guard/small forward, Richardson was taken by the Golden State Warriors as the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft from Michigan State, earning the NBA Rookie Challenge MVP and All-Rookie Team First Team honors his debut season in the league.

He is regarded as one of the NBA's most demonstrative dunkers, winning the NBA Slam Dunk crown in 2002 and 2003, joining Michael Jordan as the competition's only back-to-back champions.


Professional career

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors drafted Jason Richardson out of Michigan State University with the 5th overall pick. It was while playing for Michigan State that he and fellow current NBA players Mateen Cleaves, Charlie Bell, and Morris Peterson (and current Melbourne Tiger and NBL first-teamer Dave Thomas) won an NCAA National Championship.

Richardson competed in the Rookie Challenge as a rookie in 2002 and a sophomore in 2003. His teams won both years, and he was awarded the Rookie Challenge MVP as a rookie. As a sophomore, he had a memorable moment when, in the closing seconds of the game, he bounced the ball off Carlos Boozer's forehead and then made a three-pointer before the clock ran out.[1]

During his time with Golden State, Richardson gained popularity for his outstanding scoring, ability to dunk, dedication to the team and fans, and ethical maturity.[2][3] The long time captain of the Warriors, Richardson organized a letter of apology to Warrior fans after the team failed to make the playoffs for the 12th straight season. The letter ran in several Bay Area newspapers. The following year, Richardson helped lead the Warriors to their first playoff game in 13 years. They won in the first round, upsetting the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks, but lost in the second round to the Utah Jazz.

Although no longer playing for Golden State, Richardson remains one of the most popular players among Warrior fans because of his electric style of play and ability to shoot three-pointers, as well as the longevity and tenor of his tenure with the team.[4] Richardson set the Warrior franchise record for three-pointers made in a game without missing (8) in a home win against the Phoenix Suns.[5] Richardson is especially known for his high-flying abilities and is widely regarded as one of the best dunkers in the NBA today.[6][7] He won the NBA Slam Dunk Contests in 2002 and 2003, joining Michael Jordan as the only players to have won in consecutive years. Richardson competed in the 2004 contest as well but lost to Fred Jones in the finals.

Charlotte Bobcats

On June 28, 2007, Richardson was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats along with the draft rights to 36th pick Jermareo Davidson for the draft rights to eighth pick Brandan Wright.

Richardson began to gain attention with the Bobcats when he led the team to a road win against the Boston Celtics after scoring 34 points. This was only the Celtics' fourth loss of the season and second loss at home.[8] It was also the Bobcats' second road win of the season, ending an 11 game road losing streak. Richardson also led the Bobcats to a franchise-record five consecutive game winning streak, including a home win against his former team, the Golden State Warriors. Richardson posted 42 points against the Warriors.[9] The 2007–08 season was a season of rebuilding for Richardson and the Bobcats. He was able to get his points per game average back up to 21.8, lead the Bobcats in scoring, and lead the league in three-point field goals made.

Phoenix Suns

On December 10, 2008, Richardson was traded along with Jared Dudley, and a 2010 second round pick to the Phoenix Suns for Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and Sean Singletary.[10]

Awards and Accomplishments

Career transactions

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

Regular season

2001–02 Golden State 80 75 32.9 .426 .333 .671 4.3 3.0 1.3 .4 14.4
2002–03 Golden State 82 82 32.9 .410 .368 .764 4.6 3.0 1.1 .3 15.6
2003–04 Golden State 78 78 37.6 .438 .282 .684 6.7 2.9 1.1 .5 18.7
2004–05 Golden State 72 72 37.8 .446 .338 .693 5.9 3.9 1.5 .4 21.7
2005–06 Golden State 75 75 38.4 .446 .384 .673 5.8 3.1 1.3 .5 23.2
2006–07 Golden State 51 49 32.8 .417 .365 .657 5.1 3.4 1.1 .6 16.0
2007–08 Charlotte 82 82 38.4 .441 .406 .752 5.4 3.1 1.4 .7 21.8
2008–09 Charlotte 14 14 35.1 .441 .458 .745 4.1 2.6 1.0 .2 18.7
2008–09 Phoenix 58 57 33.1 .488 .383 .778 4.5 1.9 1.1 .4 16.4
2009–10 Phoenix 34 34 30.8 .461 .371 .762 4.8 2.0 1.0 .4 15.4
Career 626 618 35.4 .439 .367 .710 5.3 3.0 1.2 .5 18.4


2006–07 Golden State 11 11 38.9 .476 .354 .704 6.7 2.0 1.3 .4 19.1
Career 11 11 38.9 .476 .354 .704 6.7 2.0 1.3 .4 19.1


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