Rashard Lewis

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Rashard Lewis
Rashard Lewis Wizards 2.jpg
Lewis with the Wizards
Free Agent
Position Forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1979-08-08) August 8, 1979 (age 34)
Pineville, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Alief Elsik (Houston, Texas)
NBA draft 1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Pro playing career 1998–present
Career history
19982007 Seattle SuperSonics
20072010 Orlando Magic
20102012 Washington Wizards
20122014 Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Rashard Quovon Lewis (born August 8, 1979) is an American professional basketball player who currently is a free agent. He last played for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

NBA career[edit]

Seattle SuperSonics[edit]

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.

Orlando Magic[edit]

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.[1] 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.

On August 6, 2009, Lewis was suspended without pay for the first ten games of the 2009–10 season after testing positive for a banned substance.[2]

Washington Wizards[edit]

On December 18, 2010, Lewis was traded to the Washington Wizards for Gilbert Arenas.[3]

New Orleans Hornets[edit]

On June 20, 2012, Lewis, along with the 46th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft (Darius Miller), was acquired by the New Orleans Hornets in a trade that sent Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor to the Wizards.[4]

On June 30, the Hornets bought out Lewis' contract, making him a free agent.[5]

Miami Heat[edit]

On July 11, 2012, Lewis signed with the Miami Heat[6] 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.[7][8] 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.

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
1998–99 Seattle 20 7 7.3 .365 .167 .571 1.3 .2 .4 .1 2.4
1999–00 Seattle 82 8 19.2 .486 .333 .683 4.1 .9 .8 .4 8.2
2000–01 Seattle 78 78 34.9 .480 .432 .826 6.9 1.6 1.2 .6 14.8
2001–02 Seattle 71 70 36.4 .468 .389 .810 7.0 1.7 1.5 .6 16.8
2002–03 Seattle 77 77 39.5 .452 .346 .820 6.5 1.7 1.3 .5 18.1
2003–04 Seattle 80 80 36.6 .435 .376 .763 6.5 2.2 1.2 .7 17.8
2004–05 Seattle 71 71 38.0 .462 .400 .777 5.5 1.3 1.1 .9 20.5
2005–06 Seattle 78 77 36.9 .467 .384 .818 5.0 2.3 1.3 .6 20.1
2006–07 Seattle 60 60 39.1 .461 .390 .841 6.6 2.4 1.1 .7 22.4
2007–08 Orlando 81 81 38.0 .455 .409 .838 5.4 2.4 1.2 .5 18.2
2008–09 Orlando 79 79 36.2 .439 .397 .836 5.7 2.6 1.0 .6 17.7
2009–10 Orlando 72 72 32.9 .435 .397 .806 4.4 1.5 1.1 .4 14.1
2010–11 Orlando 25 25 32.4 .419 .367 .756 4.2 1.2 .9 .4 12.2
2010–11 Washington 32 27 31.7 .446 .347 .843 5.8 2.0 .9 .6 11.4
2011–12 Washington 28 15 26.0 .385 .239 .838 3.9 1.0 .8 .4 7.8
2012–13 Miami 55 9 14.4 .414 .389 .622 2.2 .5 .4 .3 5.2
2013–14 Miami 60 6 16.2 .415 .343 .788 1.8 1.0 .9 .1 4.5
Career 1,049 842 32 .452 .386 .805 5.2 1.7 1.1 .5 14.9
All-Star 2 0 17.5 .308 .167 .500 5.0 .5 .5 .0 5.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000 Seattle 5 5 31.4 .441 .474 .800 6.2 .6 1.0 .6 15.4
2002 Seattle 3 2 26.3 .375 .167 1.000 3.7 .7 .3 .0 12.7
2005 Seattle 8 8 39.0 .406 .200 .880 5.4 1.6 .4 .4 16.9
2008 Orlando 10 10 41.7 .436 .309 .821 7.2 3.4 1.1 .5 19.5
2009 Orlando 24 24 41.1 .448 .394 .784 6.4 2.9 1.0 .5 19.0
2010 Orlando 14 14 36.6 .462 .373 .800 5.6 2.3 1.1 .7 12.9
2013 Miami 11 0 4.3 .400 .000 .500 .6 .4 .2 .2 1.5
2014 Miami 18 8 17.7 .412 .373 .750 2.1 .3 .4 .3 5.3
Career 93 71 30.4 .436 .356 .818 4.7 1.8 .7 .5 12.8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Magic Acquire Rashard Lewis is a Sign-and-Trade Deal with Seattle". NBA.com. July 11, 2007. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lewis suspended 10 games by NBA
  3. ^ "Wizards Acquire Rashard Lewis From Magic". NBA.com. 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  4. ^ "HORNETS ACQUIRE RASHARD LEWIS AND DRAFT PICK". NBA.com. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  5. ^ New Orleans Hornets buyout and waive Rashard Lewis
  6. ^ "HEAT Signs Rashard Lewis". NBA.com. 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  7. ^ "Lewis starts Game 4 for Heat". NBA.com. 2014-05-26. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  8. ^ 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. 

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