Lewis with the Wizards
|Power forward / Small forward|
August 8, 1979 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Alief Elsik (Houston, Texas)|
|NBA draft||1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Despite being recruited by Florida State, Kansas and Houston, Lewis bypassed college and opted for the 1998 NBA Draft, wherein he was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the third pick of the second round (32nd overall). At the time of his selection, he was the last player remaining in the "green room", where fifteen of the top draft prospects sit until their selection.
Lewis has twice been named an All-Star, in the 2004–05 season and in 2008–09. In 2001, Lewis was selected to play for the USA in the Goodwill Games, in which they won the gold medal. On October 31, 2003, Lewis scored 50 points to pass Clyde Drexler (41 points) for the most points scored in a single game while playing in Japan. Lewis holds the SuperSonics' record for most three-pointers made, having passed Dale Ellis for second place on November 22, 2005, and Gary Payton for first place on March 13, 2007, when Lewis made his 918th three-pointer in the first quarter of a game against the Detroit Pistons.
After playing his first nine seasons for the Seattle SuperSonics, Lewis joined the Orlando Magic, having agreed to a six-year sign-and-trade deal worth $118 million on July 11, 2007. On May 25, he had opted out of the last two years of the seven-year, $60 million deal he signed before the 2002–03 season. The final two years of his contract were worth a guaranteed $21 million.
In his first season with the Orlando Magic, Lewis was moved from his usual small forward position to power forward. That year, he made 53 more three-pointers than he had in his career. During the playoffs, the Magic reached the second round, with Lewis contributing a 33-point performance against the Detroit Pistons in Orlando's only win of the series. Lewis was the Magic’s top scorer in the playoffs and set personal records in points, rebounds, and assists.
Lewis started the 2008–09 season as the team's second leading scorer, earning an appearance in the 2009 NBA All-Star Game. In the 2009 NBA Playoffs, Lewis hit a game-winning shot in the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, what he called the biggest shot of his career. The Magic won the series and advanced to the NBA Finals, where they were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
Over his career, Lewis holds an average of 16.1 points per game, with his career high of 22.4 points per game coming in 2006–07.
New Orleans Hornets
On June 30, the Hornets bought out Lewis' contract, making him a free agent.
On July 11, 2012, Lewis signed with the Miami Heat on a two-year, $2.8 million deal and was reunited with former Seattle teammate Ray Allen. The Heat finished 66-16, the best record in the 2012–13 season. Lewis won his first championship on June 20, 2013 when the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in a seven-game series.
Lewis earned rave reviews from Heat coach Erik Spoelstra for the way he defended in Game 3 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals, even though he finished without a single point, rebound, assist or steal. Lewis worked his way into the starting lineup during the series, earning notoriety for helping the team despite a lack of impressive box score statistics in games 3 and 4. In game 5 of the series, Lewis started again, and scored 18 points on 6 of 9 shooting from behind the three point line although the Pacers won to force a sixth game. In game 6, Lewis started and scored 13 points as the Heat advanced to the NBA Finals. The Heat would face the Spurs in the Finals again, only to lose the series in five games.
On July 19, 2014, Lewis signed with the Dallas Mavericks. However, just four days later, his contract was voided by the Mavericks after he failed his physical when it was discovered that his right knee required surgery.
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|
- List of National Basketball Association players with 1000 games played
- List of National Basketball Association career 3-point scoring leaders
- "Magic Acquire Rashard Lewis is a Sign-and-Trade Deal with Seattle". NBA.com. July 11, 2007. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
- Lewis suspended 10 games by NBA
- "Wizards Acquire Rashard Lewis From Magic". NBA.com. 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
- "HORNETS ACQUIRE RASHARD LEWIS AND DRAFT PICK". NBA.com. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- New Orleans Hornets buyout and waive Rashard Lewis
- "HEAT Signs Rashard Lewis". NBA.com. 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
- "Lewis starts Game 4 for Heat". NBA.com. 2014-05-26. Retrieved 2014-05-26.
- Partnow, Seth (28 May 2014). "Despite a gaudy plus/minus rating, is Rashard Lewis really helping the Heat win?". Washington Post. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
- "Mavericks Sign Rashard Lewis". mavs.com. July 19, 2014. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
- Caplan, Jeff (July 23, 2014). "NEEDING SURGERY, LEWIS OUT IN DALLAS". NBA.com. Archived from the original on July 24, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- Rashard Lewis on Twitter