Oliver Lafayette

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Oliver Lafayette
Oliver Lafayette amb Žalgiris.jpg
Lafayette playing for Žalgiris
No. 20 – Olympiacos
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League Greek Basket League
Personal information
Born (1984-05-06) May 6, 1984 (age 30)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nationality American / Croatian
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Capitol (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
College Blinn (2002–2003)
Brown Mackie (2004–2005)
Houston (2005–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Undrafted
Pro career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2008 Correcaminos UAT Victoria
2008–2009 Erie BayHawks
2009–2010 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2010 Boston Celtics
2010 Partizan Belgrade
2010–2011 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2011 Maccabi Ashdod
2011–2012 Asseco Prokom Gdynia
2012 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2012–2013 Žalgiris Kaunas
2013–2014 Valencia Basket
2014–present Olympiacos
Career highlights and awards
Lafayette talks to Press in his presentation as a Valencia Basket player.

Oliver Lafayette (born May 6, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Olympiacos Piraeus of the Greek Basket League and the Euroleague.

High school and college career[edit]

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.[1]

Professional career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

On October 13, 2010, Lafayette signed with Partizan Belgrade in Serbia,[4] but the contract was terminated in November.[5]

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.[6] After averaging 16.4 points per game with the Mad Ants, he signed a four-month contract with the Turkish team Beşiktaş.[7] But due to health problems, his contract was dropped.[8]

In February 2011, Lafayette signed with Maccabi Ashdod in Israel.[9] On October 5, 2011 he signed a one-year contract with Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Poland.[10]

In January 2012, Lafayette signed with Anadolu Efes Istanbul for the remainder of the 2011–12 season.[11] Later that year, he joined Žalgiris Kaunas.[12] He signed with Valencia Basket in the offseason in 2013.[13]

On June 22, 2014, he signed a two-year deal with Olympiacos Piraeus.[14]

International career[edit]

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.[15]

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]

2009–10 Boston 1 0 22.0 .500 .500 .000 4.0 2.0 .0 .0 7.0
Career 1 0 22.0 .500 .500 .000 4.0 2.0 .0 .0 7.0


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