Richard Hamilton (basketball)
Hamilton in January 2009 before a game.
|No. 32 – Chicago Bulls|
|Shooting guard / Small forward|
February 14, 1978 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||193 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Coatesville Area
|NBA Draft||1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall|
|Selected by the Washington Wizards|
|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 currently plays for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Hamilton has 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.
Detroit Pistons (2002-2011) 
Hamilton was the 7th pick overall in the 1999 NBA Draft and played for the Washington Wizards for his first three seasons as a professional. Hamilton, Hubert Davis and Bobby Simmons were then traded to the Detroit Pistons for Jerry Stackhouse, Brian Cardinal and Ratko Varda. Since the trade, Hamilton has become one of the NBA's top shooting guards, and was the leading scorer on the Pistons 2004 NBA Championship team.
Hamilton began wearing the clear plastic mask that would become his trademark during the 2003–2004 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. He has continued to wear the mask, calling 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.
On February 7, 2009, Hamilton scored 38 points off the bench against the Milwaukee Bucks, the most by a Piston reserve in history.
Chicago Bulls (2011-present) 
Career transactions 
- 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.
Media appearances 
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.
Player profile 
Rip Hamilton is an extremely active offensive player, constantly moving without the ball and finding open shots off screens. When Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller retired from the NBA, he was noted as telling Hamilton to "carry the torch" for guards in the league. Hamilton credits Miller with teaching him how to come off screens so effectively.
On October 31, 2007, Hamilton's girlfriend 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 
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|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 
See also 
- Official Site of NBA Superstar Richard Hamilton. Ripcity32. Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
- To Get a Mask Like Rip's. Nba.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
- Zuniga, Todd. (2006-12-20) NBA Street Homecourt Xbox 360 Preview, NBA Street Homecourt Preview. 1up.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
- 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 Waive Guard Richard Hamilton
- Player Movement Central 2002. NBA.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
- Detroit Pistons Waive Guard Richard Hamilton
- 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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