Lafayette playing for Žalgiris
|No. 20 – Olympiacos|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|League||Greek Basket League
May 6, 1984 |
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Nationality||American / Croatian|
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Capitol (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)|
Brown Mackie (2004–2005)
|NBA draft||2007 / Undrafted|
|2007–2008||Correcaminos UAT Victoria|
|2009–2010||Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|2010–2011||Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|2011–2012||Asseco Prokom Gdynia|
|2012||Anadolu Efes Istanbul|
|Career highlights and awards|
High school and college career
Lafayette attended Capitol High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and led the basketball team to a 29–3 record his senior year. Lafayette attended first Blinn College and Brown Mackie College before transferring to the University of Houston. At Houston during his junior year, Lafayette started 30 of 31 games and earned 2nd team all Conference USA while finishing third in scoring in C-USA with a 15.7 points per game average. During his senior year in 2006–07, Lafayette averaged 14.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He also majored in sociology.
Lafayette played with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants during the 2009–10 season in the NBA Development League. With the Mad Ants, the guard started 42 of 48 games and averaged 17.1 points, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 35.3 minutes per game. On April 14, 2010, Lafayette signed with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association and appeared in one game with the team in which he scored 7 points. According to research by STATS LLC, those 7 points are an NBA record for most points scored in a career of exactly one game played. Upon playing with the Celtics, Lafayette became the 23rd former Houston Cougar to play in the NBA.
In December 2010, Lafayette practiced with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, his former team. He was going to sign with the Mad Ants once he was officially released from Partizan Belgrade. After averaging 16.4 points per game with the Mad Ants, he signed a four-month contract with the Turkish team Beşiktaş. But due to health problems, his contract was dropped.
In January 2012, Lafayette signed with Anadolu Efes Istanbul for the remainder of the 2011–12 season. Later that year, he joined Žalgiris Kaunas. He signed with Valencia Basket in the offseason in 2013.
Croatian Basketball Federation asked permission to give Oliver Lafayette a Croatian citizenship for sports interest which Croatian Olympic Committee approved. Lafayette will be awarded with a Croatian passport and he is representing Croatia at the current FIBA World Cup.
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|
- Oliver Lafayette Player Bio UH Cougars
- Celtics Sign Fort Wayne's Oliver Lafayette NBA.com, April 14, 2010
- Former Guard Oliver Lafayette Makes NBA Debut with Celtics on Wednesday uhcougars.com, April 15, 2010
- Partizan Mt:s grabs Lafayette at point guard
- Partizan: Lafayette out, Jerrells in
- Lafayette to return to Mad Ants roster news-sentinel.com, December 15, 2010
- Besiktas sign Oliver LaFayette
- Beşiktaş Cola Turka'da şok gelişme
- Maccabi Ashdod tabs Oliver LaFayette
- Asseco Prokom Gdynia lands Oliver Lafayette
- Anadolu Efes tabs Lafayette
- ZALGIRIS adds Lafayette, brings back Juskevicius
- VALENCIA BASKET lands Lafayette
- "Olympiacos announces Oliver Lafayette". Sportando.com. June 22, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
- "Croatian Olympic Committee - News". HOO.hr. June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Oliver Lafayette.|
- Euroleague.net profile
- NBA.com : Oliver Lafayette Info Page
- NBA Development League: Oliver Lafayette Playerfile
- Oliver Lafayette NBA & ABA Statistics | Basketball-Reference.com
- Player Bio: Oliver Lafayette – University of Houston Official Athletic Site