Jason Richardson

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Jason Richardson
Richardson with the Magic
No. 23 – Philadelphia 76ers
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1981-01-20) January 20, 1981 (age 33)
Saginaw, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Arthur Hill (Saginaw, Michigan)
College Michigan State (1999–2001)
NBA draft 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro playing career 2001–present
Career history
20012007 Golden State Warriors
20072008 Charlotte Bobcats
20082010 Phoenix Suns
20102012 Orlando Magic
2012–present Philadelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards

Jason Anthoney Richardson (born January 20, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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, becoming just the second player after Michael Jordan to win the competition back-to-back.

Early life and college[edit]

Born in Saginaw, Michigan, Richardson graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1999. Having led the Arthur Hill basketball team to the Class A championship game, Richardson was Mr. Basketball of Michigan and a McDonald's High School All-American in his senior year. In his freshman season with the Spartans basketball team at Michigan State University, Richardson averaged 5.1 points per game in 37 games (including three starts) and made 50.3% of attempted field goals. In his sophomore season, he averaged 14.7 points per game en route to a Final Four appearance which ended in a loss to Arizona. He was named Big Ten First Team that year.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Golden State Warriors[edit]

The Warriors drafted Jason Richardson out of Michigan State with the 5th overall pick. While playing for Michigan State, Richardson, Mateen Cleaves, Charlie Bell, Morris Peterson and Dave Thomas won a Division 1 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.[2]

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.[3][4] 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[when?]. 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[when?].

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.[5] Richardson set the Warrior franchise record for three-pointers made in a game without missing (8) in a home win against the Phoenix Suns.[6] Richardson is especially known for his high-flying abilities and is widely regarded as one of the best dunkers in the NBA today.[7][8] He won the NBA Slam Dunk Contests in 2002 and 2003, and also competed in the 2004 contest, but lost to Fred Jones in the finals.

Charlotte Bobcats[edit]

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 during his tenure with the Suns.

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.[9] 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.[10] 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[edit]

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.[11] The Suns dealt for Richardson, as they were looking for another backcourt scorer to take pressure off of Steve Nash.[12]

In his first game as a Sun, Richardson scored a game-high 21 points, including an alley-oop from Leandro Barbosa that brought the crowd to their feet. His first year in Phoenix resulted in the team missing the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

However, in his second year with the team, he helped bring them back to the playoffs with his play on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.[13] In the first round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs, Richardson led the Suns to a first-round victory over the Portland Trail Blazers,[14] including a career playoff-high 42 points in a Game 3 blowout.[15] In the next round, Richardson helped the Suns to a series sweep against the San Antonio Spurs, before falling to the L.A. Lakers in game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.

Orlando Magic[edit]

On December 18, 2010, Richardson was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Hedo Türkoğlu and Earl Clark for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickaël Piétrus, a 2011 first-round draft pick and $3 million cash.[16] In December 2011, Richardson agreed to a four-year, $25 million contract to remain in Orlando.[17]

Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

On August 10, 2012, Richardson was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team deal which sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.[18]

Personal life[edit]

On December 21, 2008, Richardson was cited for driving while under the influence of alcohol by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Police. Court action on this incident is pending at this time.[19]

Richardson was arrested and briefly detained again on February 15, 2009, by Scottsdale, Arizona police after he was observed driving at a tremendously high speed. According to police reports, Richardson was clocked doing 90 MPH in a 35 MPH zone. When stopped, it was discovered that the Suns star had his young son, age 3, in the back seat unrestrained. Richardson was booked by Scottsdale Police for criminal speeding, reckless driving, and reckless endangerment of a child.[20]

Following the latter incident, Richardson was suspended without pay by the Suns for one game for "Conduct detrimental to the Team". No Court date has been set at this time on these charges.

Then on August 28, 2009, the NBA suspended Richardson for the first two games of the 2009–10 season due to his DUI arrest.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Career transactions[edit]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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]

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 79 76 31.5 .474 .393 .739 5.1 1.8 .8 .4 15.7
2010–11 Phoenix 25 25 31.8 .470 .419 .764 4.4 1.4 1.1 .1 19.3
2010–11 Orlando 55 55 34.9 .433 .384 .701 4.0 2.0 1.2 .2 13.9
2011–12 Orlando 54 54 29.5 .408 .368 .594 3.6 2.0 1.0 .4 11.6
2012–13 Philadelphia 33 33 28.4 .402 .341 .606 3.8 1.5 1.2 .5 10.5
Career 838 827 34.4 .440 .371 .707 5.0 2.7 1.2 .4 17.3


2007 Golden State 11 11 38.9 .476 .354 .704 6.7 2.0 1.3 .5 19.1
2010 Phoenix 16 16 33.3 .502 .475 .759 5.4 1.1 1.1 .3 19.8
2011 Orlando 5 5 30.6 .333 .320 1.000 4.0 1.2 .6 .4 10.0
2012 Orlando 5 5 29.6 .396 .370 .417 3.8 1.0 1.2 .4 11.4
Career 37 37 34.1 .465 .404 .724 5.4 1.4 1.1 .4 17.1

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