Quentin Richardson

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Quentin Richardson
Quentin Richardson.jpg
Richardson during his first tenure with the Knicks
Personal information
Born (1980-04-13) April 13, 1980 (age 34)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school Whitney Young (Chicago, Illinois)
College DePaul (1998–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Pro career 2000–2013
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
Number 3, 23, 5, 55
Career history
20002004 Los Angeles Clippers
2004–2005 Phoenix Suns
20052009 New York Knicks
2009–2010 Miami Heat
20102012 Orlando Magic
2013 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards

Quentin L. Richardson (born April 13, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player, currently serving as the director of player development for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Richardson played professionally for 13 seasons for the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. He won the NBA Three-Point Shootout during the 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend.

Early years[edit]

Richardson was born in Chicago, Illinois to Lee and Emma Richardson where he attended Whitney Young High School. In 1998, he led the Dolphins to the state AA title. In 2006, Richardson was voted as one of the 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament, a group of former players and coaches in honor of the 100 anniversary of the IHSA boys basketball tournament.

Collegiate career[edit]

Richardson played college basketball for DePaul University where he averaged 17.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in two seasons. He became the only player in school history to have 1,000+ points, 500+ rebounds and 100+ three-point field goals. As a freshman, he earned both the Conference USA Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Richardson declared for the NBA draft after his sophomore year in 2000.

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Clippers (2000–2004)[edit]

Richardson was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 18th pick of the 2000 NBA Draft. He was selected after fellow Clippers Darius Miles and Keyon Dooling. Richardson would star in a documentary with Miles entitled The Youngest Guns which chronicled their first three seasons in the NBA with the Clippers. Richardson spent four seasons with the Clippers before becoming a free agent.

Phoenix Suns (2004–2005)[edit]

In 2004, Richardson later signed with the Phoenix Suns as a free agent.[1]

The 2004–05 season was a big one for not only Richardson, but the Suns as well. He set a new Suns single-season record for three-point field goals, eclipsing the previous record of 199 set by Dan Majerle. He finished the season with a league-leading 631 three-point attempts, and 226 three-point field goals,[2] co-leading the league with Kyle Korver. Richardson also set a Suns franchise record with nine threes against the New Orleans Hornets on December 29, 2004.[2] Richardson would also go on to win the NBA All-Star Three-Point Shootout that same season. The Suns finished the regular season with a league-best 62 wins and 20 losses. He made his playoff debut with the Suns in 2005 who would eventually lose to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

New York Knicks (2005–2009)[edit]

Richardson was traded from the Suns, along with 2005 draft pick Nate Robinson, to the New York Knicks in exchange for Kurt Thomas and Dijon Thompson in the offseason.[2] His first three seasons in New York were largely hampered by nagging injuries—the most serious being a chronic back condition—which limited him to 55, 49 and 65 games played respectively. His injury situation finally stabilized during the 2008–2009 season, when he remained healthy enough to appear in all but seven games. This does not include two additional DNP-CDs (Did Not Play – Coach's Decision) that he received; one on February 28, 2009 against the Miami Heat and a second on March 10, 2009 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

2009 NBA Offseason[edit]

On the 2009 draft day, Richardson was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Darko Miličić.[3] His stint at the Grizzlies only last three weeks before he was traded again to the team that drafted him, the Los Angeles Clippers, in exchange for Zach Randolph.[4] His second stint with the Clippers only lasted for three days. On July 20, 2009, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Sebastian Telfair, Mark Madsen, and Craig Smith.[5]

Miami Heat (2009–2010)[edit]

After less than a month at Minnesota, Richardson was traded for the fourth time in the 2009 off-season, this time to the Miami Heat for Mark Blount.[6]

Orlando Magic (2010–2012)[edit]

In 2010, he signed with the Orlando Magic. He remained with the team until October 2012, when he was waived.

Return To New York Knicks (2013)[edit]

On April 16, 2013, Richardson signed with the New York Knicks for the remainder of the season,[7][8] joining that team for a second time.

2013 NBA Offseason[edit]

On July 10, 2013, Richardson was part of a trade package to the Toronto Raptors, along with center Marcus Camby, forward Steve Novak, a first round draft pick in 2016, and two second round draft picks in 2014 & 2017, in exchange for forward Andrea Bargnani.[9] On September 3, 2013, Richardson was waived by the Raptors.[10]

Career transactions[edit]

Post-playing career[edit]

On August 7, 2014, it was announced that Richardson was named the director of player development for the Detroit Pistons.[12]

Accomplishments[edit]

Richardson's high school All-American banner at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

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
2000–01 L.A. Clippers 76 28 17.9 .442 .331 .627 3.4 .8 .6 .1 8.1
2001–02 L.A. Clippers 81 0 26.6 .432 .381 .765 4.1 1.6 1.0 .3 13.3
2002–03 L.A. Clippers 59 13 23.2 .372 .308 .685 4.8 .9 .6 .2 9.4
2003–04 L.A. Clippers 65 64 36.0 .398 .352 .740 6.4 2.1 1.0 .3 17.2
2004–05 Phoenix 79 78 35.9 .389 .358 .739 6.1 2.0 1.2 .3 14.9
2005–06 New York 55 43 26.2 .355 .340 .670 4.2 1.6 .7 .1 8.2
2006–07 New York 49 47 33.1 .418 .376 .692 7.2 2.2 .7 .1 13.0
2007–08 New York 65 65 28.3 .359 .322 .682 4.8 1.8 .7 .2 8.1
2008–09 New York 72 51 26.3 .393 .365 .761 4.4 1.6 .7 .1 10.2
2009–10 Miami 76 75 27.4 .431 .397 .732 4.9 1.2 .9 .2 8.9
2010–11 Orlando 57 19 16.8 .341 .288 .750 3.1 .7 .4 .1 4.4
2011–12 Orlando 48 3 18.0 .376 .347 .833 2.6 .8 .6 .1 4.5
2012–13 New York 1 0 29.0 .091 .250 1.000 10.0 1.0 .0 .0 5.0
Career 783 486 26.5 .397 .355 .718 4.7 1.5 .8 .2 10.3

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Phoenix 15 15 37.6 .403 .390 .639 5.1 1.7 1.3 .2 11.9
2010 Miami 5 5 29.8 .400 .409 .800 3.8 1.6 1.6 .2 9.8
2011 Orlando 6 1 16.3 .533 .500 1.000 2.5 .3 .2 .2 3.8
2012 Orlando 5 0 14.8 .333 .286 .000 4.4 .4 .2 .0 2.4
2013 New York 5 0 2.8 .333 .400 .000 .6 .0 .0 .0 1.2
Career 36 21 25.0 .404 .397 .674 3.8 1.0 .8 .1 7.5

Personal[edit]

In 1992, Richardson lost his mother to breast cancer, his grandmother to natural causes, and also his brother, Bernard, who was shot and killed in Chicago, aged 23.[13] Another of Richardson's brothers, Lee Jr., was murdered on December 5, 2005, in Chicago during a robbery.[13][14] Richardson has another older brother, Cedric, and one older sister Rochelle.

Richardson was engaged for 15 months[15] to R&B singer Brandy Norwood.[14] They split in September 2005.[15]

Richardson has appeared in multiple acting roles, most notably as himself in the 2002 film Van Wilder.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Suns Sign Quentin Richardson". NBA.com. 2004-07-29. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Suns send first-round pick Robinson to Knicks". ESPN. 2005-06-29. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Grizzlies acquire swingman Quentin Richardson from Knicks". NBA.com. 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  4. ^ a b "Clippers Acquire Quentin Richardson From Memphis in Exchange for Zach Randolph". NBA.com. 2009-07-17. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  5. ^ a b "Timberwolves acquire Quentin Richardson from Clippers". NBA.com. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  6. ^ a b "HEAT Acquire Quentin Richardson from Minnesota". NBA.com. 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  7. ^ a b Raskin, Alex (16 April 2013). "Quentin Richardson rejoins Knicks". NJ.com. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Knicks Ink Quentin Richardson". Knicksnow.com. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  9. ^ a b "Raptors Acquire Three Players, Three Picks From Knicks". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Raptors Waive Quentin Richardson". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 3, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ Orlando Magic waive Quentin Richardson, Justin Harper, Chris Johnson
  12. ^ "Detroit Pistons Add to Coaching and Basketball Operations Staffs". Detroit Pistons. August 7, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Richardson's brother shot, killed in Chicago. ESPN.
  14. ^ a b Brother of Knicks' Richardson murdered. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
  15. ^ a b Brandy breaks off engagement to Quentin Richardson, morphs tattoo. RealityTVWorld.com.
  16. ^ Quentin Richardson Internet Movie Database

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