Richard Hamilton (basketball)
Hamilton in January 2009 before a game
|Shooting guard / Small forward|
February 14, 1978 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (201 cm)|
|Listed weight||193 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Coatesville Area
|NBA draft||1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall|
|Selected by the Washington Wizards|
|Pro playing career||1999–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Richard Clay "Rip" Hamilton (born February 14, 1978) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Hamilton also played for the Washington Wizards and the Detroit Pistons. A three time All-Star, Hamilton was an instrumental part of the Pistons' 2004 NBA championship, and their run of six straight Eastern Conference Finals appearances.
Washington Wizards (1999–2002)
Hamilton was selected with the 7th overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards. In his rookie season, he averaged 9.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, and 1.5 apg in 19.3 mpg. He played 71 games and starting in 12 of them. The Wizards finished 29-53 and missed the playoffs.
In the next year, Hamilton had a breakout season, averaging 18.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.9 apg in 32.3 mpg. He played 78 games and started in 42 of them. But once again, the Wizards missed the playoffs with a poorer record of 19-63.
The following season, NBA legend Michael Jordan decides to come out of retirement to play with the Wizards to try to help them reach the playoffs. Still, Hamilton continue improving his averages to 20.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.7 apg in 35.0 mpg. Hamilton and Jordan helped the Wizards improve to 37-45, but still missed the playoffs.
Detroit Pistons (2002–2011)
The Washington Wizards decided to trade Hamilton, Bobby Simmons and Hubert Davis to the Detroit Pistons for Jerry Stackhouse, Brian Cardinal and Ratko Varda on September 11, 2002. Hamilton began wearing the clear plastic mask that would become his trademark during the 2003–04 season. His nose had been broken twice that season (it happened once before in 2002) and Hamilton was advised to wear the mask the rest of his career or risk significant nasal reconstructive surgery. Wearing the mask on a nightly basis, Hamilton led the Pistons in scoring as they marched to the NBA title, having called it his "Superman cape."
Hamilton is the only player in NBA history to lead his team in scoring in a game despite not making a single field goal. On January 6, 2005, Hamilton was 0-for-10 from the field, but hit 14-of-14 from the line to pace the Pistons in a 101–79 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
On December 27, 2006, Hamilton scored a career-high 51 points with 19-for-37 field goal shooting in a 151–145 triple-overtime Pistons loss to the New York Knicks, becoming the first opposing player since Michael Jordan to score over 50 points at Madison Square Garden.
On February 17, 2008, Hamilton represented the Eastern Conference for the third consecutive season at the 2008 NBA All-Star Game. On February 6, Hamilton was selected to be a part of the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, held on February 16 during All Star Weekend in New Orleans. He was defeated, however, by defending champion Jason Kapono.
On November 3, 2008, Hamilton signed a three-year, $34 million contract extension with the Pistons. The first two years of the contract were guaranteed and the third was partially guaranteed.
Chicago Bulls (2011–2013)
Hamilton cleared waivers on December 14, 2011 and quickly signed a 3-year, $15 million contract with the Chicago Bulls, with the third year being a team option. During the 2011–12 season, he averaged 11.6 points per game, 3 rebounds per game, and 2.4 assists per game in 24.9 minutes per game. Due to injuries, he only played 28 games (starting all of them). The Bulls finished 50-16, clinching the first playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. However, the team lost All-Star Derrick Rose to a torn ACL in the first game of the playoffs and were defeated in six games by the eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers.
In the 2012–13 season, Hamilton averaged 9.8 points per game, 2.4 assists per game, and 1.7 rebounds per game in 21.8 minutes per game. He played 50 games, starting in 45 of them. The Bulls finished 45-37; they ranked 5th in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the Central Division. The team reached the second round of the playoffs, but were eliminated by the Miami Heat. The Bulls waived Hamilton on July 10, 2013.
- June 30, 1999: Drafted 7th overall by Washington Wizards in 1999 NBA Draft.
- September 11, 2002: Traded by Washington along with Hubert Davis and Bobby Simmons to the Detroit Pistons for Jerry Stackhouse, Brian Cardinal, and Ratko Varda.
- December 12, 2011: Waived by Pistons.
- December 14, 2011: Signed by Chicago Bulls.
- July 10, 2013: Waived by Bulls.
In the 2006–07 NBA season Hamilton appeared in the NBA Fundamentals series, hosted by TNT, where basketball players showcase certain aspects of the game. Hamilton explained the topic "moving without the ball" to shake off your defender.
He was also a contestant on an episode of the game show series Wanna Bet?.
He has also worked with many charities, including the Read to Achieve* program and reading books to children. As part of his long-time work with children, he has appeared on an episode of Disney Channel's "Imagination Movers". He helped the gang play basketball and learn a lesson of friendship.
On October 31, 2007, Hamilton's girlfriend, former So Plush member T. J. Lottie gave birth to Richard Clay Hamilton II. On July 11, 2009, Hamilton married Lottie in Boca Raton, Florida. Special guests included Dwyane Wade, Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups, Michael Jordan, and many others.
In April 2009, Hamilton filed a suit against former personal assistant and business manager Josh Nochimson, claiming that Nochimson stole over one million dollars by unauthorized use of Hamilton's credit card from 2003 to 2008.
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|
|†||Denotes season in which Hamilton won an NBA championship|
|+||Denotes seasons in which Hamilton was an NBA All-Star|
- To Get a Mask Like Rip's
- NBA Street Homecourt – 1up.com
- Memphis reaches .500 for first time this season. Sports.espn.go.com (2005-01-06). Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
- Knicks survive Hamilton's big night, beat Pistons in 3OT. Scores.espn.go.com (2006-12-27). Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
- ESPN – Detroit vs. New York Box Score, December 27, 2006. Scores.espn.go.com (2006-12-27). Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
- Pistons pull away late to advance to 6th straight conference finals. Scores.espn.go.com (2008-05-13). Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
- Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks - Recap - February 07, 2009 - ESPN
- Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors - Recap - March 13, 2009 - ESPN
- Detroit Pistons Waive Guard Richard Hamilton
- Bulls sign free agent guard Richard Hamilton
- Bulls sign Ex-Piston Rip Hamilton
- Bulls waive Hamilton
- Player Movement Central 2002. NBA.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
- Hoppes, Lynn. (2011-01-02) Rip Hamilton appears on Disney's 'Imagination Movers' – Page 2 – ESPN. Espn.go.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
- Hamilton out ... again | MLive.com. Blog.mlive.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
- Rip Offers Details on Missing Million ESPN, April 3, 2009
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