Richardson with the Magic
|No. 23 – Philadelphia 76ers|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
January 20, 1981 |
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|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|
|2001–2007||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
Richardson was taken by the Golden State Warriors as the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft after playing college basketball at Michigan State University. He won the NBA Dunk Contest in both 2002 and 2003, becoming the second of three players, after Michael Jordan and preceding Nate Robinson, to win the competition back-to-back.
Early life and college
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.
Golden State Warriors
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.
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. The long time captain of the Warriors, Richardson organized a letter of apology to Warrior fans in 2005 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 remained 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. Richardson set the Warrior franchise record for three-pointers made in a game without missing (8) in a home win against the Phoenix Suns. Richardson is especially known for his high-flying abilities and is widely regarded as one of the best dunkers in 2000s. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. The Suns dealt for Richardson, as they were looking for another backcourt scorer to take pressure off of Steve Nash.
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. In the first round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs, Richardson led the Suns to a first-round victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, including a career playoff-high 42 points in a Game 3 blowout. 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.
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. In December 2011, Richardson agreed to a four-year, $25 million contract to remain in Orlando.
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. He managed just 33 games in 2012–13 before being ruled out for the rest of the season in January 2013 after undergoing surgery on his left knee, and subsequently sat out the entire 2013–14 season with the injury as well.
On February 18, 2015, Richardson was a full participant in practice for the first time in over two years after having not taken to the court in 762 days. Two days later, he returned to action for the 76ers as he started against the Indiana Pacers. In 18 minutes of play, he recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in the 95-106 loss.
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.
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.
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
- NBA Slam Dunk Champion: 2002, 2003
- Rookie Challenge MVP: 2002
- NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2002
- NBA regular season leader for 3-point field goals made: 2007–08 (243 threes made)
- NCAA champion (2000)
- Consensus second team All-American (2001)
- All-Big Ten First Team (2001)
- McDonald's All-American (1999)
- Mr. Basketball of Michigan (1999)
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|
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- Warrior tandem score big in loosely-played game February 5, 2003
- Richardson trade is good news, sad news
- Richardson is being repaid for his loyalty
- J-Rich exits on high road
- Jason Richardson Bio Page
- Top 10 Dunkers Today
- Best Dunk Contest Dunk: J-Rich in 2003
- Richardson, Bobcats Surprise Celtics January 9, 2008
- Richardson's 34 Help Bobcats Bring Down Wizards March 8, 2008
- "Suns Trade for Richardson, Dudley and 2010 Second-Round Pick". NBA.com. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
- "Suns trade Bell, Diaw for Richardson". The Boston Globe. December 11, 2008.
- Jason Richardson gets positive grades after Phoenix Suns season
- Jason Richardson leads Phoenix Suns into second round of NBA Playoffs
- "Richardson scores 42, Suns go up 2–1 over Blazers". Fox News. April 23, 2010.
- "Magic Receive Turkoglu, Richardson & Clark From Suns". NBA.com. 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
- "Orlando Magic Guard Jason Richardson Guard Surprisingly Resigns".
- Magic Acquire Six Players, Five Draft Picks in Howard Trade
- Zimmerman, Kevin. "Jason Richardson injury likely to sideline him until at least January". SB Nation. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
- J-Rich Returns To Practice; MCW Update; Deadline Day
- Richardson To Start Against Pacers After 25 Months Away
- Stuckey scores 30 off bench, Pacers beat Sixers 106-95
- "Suns' Richardson accused of DUI". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
- "Richardson suspended 1 game after charge". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- Michigan State bio