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Richard Jefferson
Richard Jefferson bucks.jpg
San Antonio Spurs  – No. 24
Small forward
Born June 21, 1980 (1980-06-21) (age 29)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
League NBA
High school Moon Valley
College Arizona
Draft 13th overall, 2001
Houston Rockets
Pro career 2001–present
Former teams New Jersey Nets (2001–2008)
Milwaukee Bucks (2008–2009)
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Richard Allen Jefferson (born June 21, 1980 in Los Angeles), is a 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) American professional basketball player and a member of the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. Jefferson was born in Los Angeles and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. His parents were both Christian missionaries and he moved around frequently growing up.

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High school

Jefferson attended Moon Valley High School in west Phoenix, Arizona, where he was an integral part of the varsity basketball team that won the 4A State Championship in 1998.

University of Arizona

He played college basketball at the University of Arizona, under Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson.

New Jersey Nets

Jefferson played seven seasons with the Nets and was a key element of their back-to-back Eastern Conference Championship teams of 2002 and 2003. In addition, Jefferson was a member of the USA Olympic basketball team in during the 2004 Summer Olympics. Jefferson also competed in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2003.

Jefferson began his career as a substitute small forward for Keith Van Horn and showed great defensive skills and all-around ability. Because of his potential, and Van Horn's conflict with power forward Kenyon Martin, the Nets traded Van Horn to the Philadelphia 76ers and trusted Jefferson as a starter. Jefferson blossomed in the role, becoming a good mid- and long-range shooter in addition to his slashing ability. On August 13, 2004, Jefferson signed a six-year, $78,000,000 contract extension with the Nets.

Jefferson missed the majority of the 2004–05 regular season after rupturing a ligament in his left wrist, an injury he claimed occurred when Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups purposely undercut him on a layup attempt during a game on December 27, 2004. Jefferson ended up missing 49 games, but returned to action for the first round of the playoffs against the Miami Heat. Prior to suffering the injury, he had missed only five games in his three NBA seasons. Jefferson had been enjoying his best professional season, averaging 22.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game. Through the 2005–06 season, Jefferson continued to perform at a high level and established himself as one of the NBA's most versatile players. On January 21, 2007, Jefferson's knee was injured once again and decided to have ankle surgery. After missing around six weeks, he was back in the lineup. His absence proved to be a major setback for the struggling Nets, who surged back into playoff contention once Jefferson returned.

In August 2007, Richard Jefferson pledged $3.5 million toward the University of Arizona's then-planned basketball and volleyball practice facility, which was eventually named in his honor. UA officials believe it is the largest donation ever from a former player.

He started the 2007–08 season in the best form of his NBA career. In the first 7 games, he averaged 26.9ppg (good enough for 4th in the league), 5.6 rpg and 2.4apg, while also notching up 1.3 steals, 97.1 FT% and 49.1 FG%. On October 31, in a game against the Chicago Bulls, Jefferson injured his right wrist slightly thumping his chest following a clutch three-pointer. The Nets went on to win the game in overtime. On December 4 he passed Kerry Kittles to become the Nets' second all-time leading scorer.

Milwaukee Bucks

On June 26, 2008 Jefferson was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons.[1] He was not happy with the trade at first because he planned on being a Net until retirement. However, he later expressed enthusiasm about playing alongside Michael Redd.[2]

San Antonio Spurs

On June 23, 2009, Richard Jefferson was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas, and Fabricio Oberto. [3]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  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

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 New Jersey 79 9 24.3 .457 .232 .713 3.7 1.8 .8 .6 9.4
2002–03 New Jersey 80 80 36.0 .501 .250 .743 6.4 2.5 1.0 .6 15.5
2003–04 New Jersey 82 82 38.2 .498 .364 .763 5.7 3.8 1.1 .3 18.5
2004–05 New Jersey 33 33 41.1 .422 .337 .844 7.3 4.0 1.0 .5 22.2
2005–06 New Jersey 78 78 39.2 .493 .319 .812 6.8 3.8 .8 .2 19.5
2006–07 New Jersey 55 53 35.6 .456 .359 .733 4.4 2.7 .6 .2 16.3
2007–08 New Jersey 82 82 39.0 .466 .362 .798 4.2 3.1 .9 .3 22.6
2008–09 Milwaukee 82 82 35.8 .439 .397 .805 4.6 2.4 .8 .2 19.6
Career 571 499 35.8 .469 .353 .781 5.3 3.0 .9 .3 17.7

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 New Jersey 20 0 22.1 .465 .000 .550 4.6 1.3 .6 .4 7.0
2002–03 New Jersey 20 20 35.6 .476 .000 .718 6.4 2.4 .8 .2 14.1
2003–04 New Jersey 11 11 41.8 .418 .273 .713 6.3 3.8 1.3 .7 19.8
2004–05 New Jersey 4 1 35.0 .400 .200 .677 5.5 2.3 .8 .0 15.8
2005–06 New Jersey 11 11 39.7 .545 .414 .825 4.1 4.1 .9 .4 22.2
2006–07 New Jersey 12 12 40.8 .482 .325 .924 5.6 2.3 .8 .4 19.7
Career 78 55 34.3 .474 .308 .738 5.4 2.5 .8 .4 15.1

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