Fat Lever

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Fat Lever
No. 12, 21
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1960-08-18) August 18, 1960 (age 54)
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school Pueblo (Tucson, Arizona)
College Arizona State (1978–1982)
NBA draft 1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 1982–1994
Career history
19821984 Portland Trail Blazers
19841990 Denver Nuggets
19901994 Dallas Mavericks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 10,433 (13.9 ppg)
Assists 4,696 (6.2 apg)
Steals 1,666 (2.2 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Lafayette "Fat" Lever (born August 18, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas who played in the NBA. He is currently the director of player development for the Sacramento Kings.[1] Lever also serves as the color analyst for the Kings radio broadcasts.[2]

Professional Career[edit]

Lever was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers as the 11th pick in the 1982 NBA Draft out of Arizona State. While at ASU, his guard-tandem teammate was Byron Scott who left school early (1983) to sign with the San Diego Clippers. He was considered one of the NBA's best point guards in the late 1980s while playing for the Denver Nuggets.[3] Despite his size (6 feet 3 inches) he regularly led the Nuggets in rebounding.

Lever was traded by the Nuggets to the Dallas Mavericks in 1990 for the Mavs' #9 pick in the 1990 NBA Draft plus Dallas' first-round pick in the following one. The Nuggets subsequently traded the #9 pick and their own #15 pick to the Miami Heat for the Heat's #3 pick in the 1990 Draft, with Denver sending the Mavs' 1991 first rounder (which was originally the Detroit Pistons' pick they acquired in the Mark Aguirre/Adrian Dantley trade) to the Washington Bullets along with Michael Adams, for the Bullets' first round pick in the 1991 Draft.

Lever sat out the entire 1992-93 season due to knee injury. He finished his career with the Mavericks in 1994 with career averages of 13.9 points, six rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.22 steals per game. He is the Nuggets' all-time franchise leader in steals and was 2nd in career assists. He is one of only three players in NBA history to record 15 plus points, rebounds and assists in a single playoff game (the others being Jason Kidd and Wilt Chamberlain). Among Lever's career achievements were making two NBA All-Star teams, an All-NBA Second Team in 1987, an All-Defensive Second Team in 1988, and, as of 2014, ranking 6th on the all-time list of Most Triple-Doubles in the Regular Season with 43 over 11 seasons, ahead of players like Michael Jordan (28) and Clyde Drexler (25).

NBA career statistics[edit]

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[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1982–83 Portland 81 45 24.9 .431 .333 .730 2.8 5.3 1.9 .2 7.8
1983–84 Portland 81 22 24.8 .447 .200 .743 2.7 4.6 1.7 .4 9.7
1984–85 Denver 82 82 31.2 .430 .250 .770 5.0 7.5 2.5 .4 12.8
1985–86 Denver 78 77 33.5 .441 .316 .725 5.4 7.5 2.3 .2 13.8
1986–87 Denver 82 82 37.2 .469 .239 .782 8.9 8.0 2.5 .4 18.9
1987–88 Denver 82 82 37.3 .473 .211 .785 8.1 7.8 2.7 .3 18.9
1988–89 Denver 71 71 38.7 .457 .348 .785 9.3 7.9 2.7 .3 19.8
1989–90 Denver 79 79 35.8 .443 .414 .804 9.3 6.5 2.1 .2 18.3
1990–91 Dallas 4 0 21.5 .391 .000 .786 3.8 3.0 1.5 .8 7.3
1991–92 Dallas 31 5 28.5 .387 .327 .750 5.2 3.5 1.5 .4 11.2
1993–94 Dallas 81 54 24.0 .408 .351 .765 3.5 2.6 2.0 .2 6.9
Career 752 599 31.7 .447 .310 .771 6.0 6.2 2.2 .3 13.9
All-Star 2 1 26.5 .519 .000 .875 3.5 2.5 1.0 .0 16.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1983 Portland 7 0 19.1 .452 .000 .800 2.0 4.4 1.0 .0 6.0
1984 Portland 5 0 15.0 .267 .667 .800 3.0 1.8 .8 .0 5.2
1985 Denver 11 8 31.1 .402 .000 .762 6.5 8.5 2.4 .2 13.3
1986 Denver 10 10 34.7 .450 .571 .708 4.8 5.3 2.0 .2 14.3
1987 Denver 3 3 33.0 .380 .250 .667 6.0 7.3 2.3 .0 15.3
1988 Denver 7 7 39.0 .459 .429 .788 9.3 7.0 1.9 .6 17.0
1989 Denver 2 2 29.0 .375 .667 1.000 6.5 9.5 2.0 .0 11.0
1990 Denver 3 3 37.7 .373 .143 .929 10.7 7.0 2.7 .3 17.3
Career 48 33 30.0 .414 .409 .775 5.8 6.2 1.9 .2 12.4

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