Richard Hamilton (basketball)

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Richard Hamilton
Richard Hamilton Pistons 2009.jpg
Hamilton in January 2009 before a game
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1978-02-14) February 14, 1978 (age 36)
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Listed weight 193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Coatesville Area
(Coatesville, Pennsylvania)
College Connecticut (1996–1999)
NBA draft 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Washington Wizards
Pro playing career 1999–present
Career history
19992002 Washington Wizards
20022011 Detroit Pistons
20112013 Chicago Bulls
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 has also previously 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 from 2003 to 2008.

Career[edit]

College[edit]

Hamilton played college basketball at the University of Connecticut from 1996–99. He was named the 1999 NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player after UConn's run to that year's national title.

Washington Wizards (1999–2002)[edit]

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)[edit]

Hamilton wears a plastic face mask due to numerous nose injuries.

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,[1] having called it his "Superman cape."[2]

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.[3]

On February 9, 2006, Hamilton earned his first selection to the 2006 NBA All-Star Game as a reserve guard for the Eastern Conference.

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.[4][5]

He represented the Eastern Conference for the second time at the 2007 NBA All-Star Game.

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 May 13, 2008, Hamilton surpassed Isiah Thomas as the Pistons' all-time leading scorer in the playoffs.[6]

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.

On February 7, 2009, Hamilton scored 38 points off the bench in an overtime game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the most by a Piston reserve in history.[7]

On March 13, 2009, Hamilton posted a career-high 16 assists in a 99–95 overtime win against the Toronto Raptors.[8]

Hamilton was waived by the Pistons on December 12, 2011.[9]

Chicago Bulls (2011–2013)[edit]

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.[10][11] 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.[12]

Career transactions[edit]

Media appearances[edit]

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.[14]

Personal[edit]

On October 31, 2007, Hamilton's girlfriend, former So Plush member T. J. Lottie gave birth to Richard Clay Hamilton II.[15] 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.[16]

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
Denotes season in which Hamilton won an NBA championship
+ Denotes seasons in which Hamilton was an NBA All-Star

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999–00 Washington 71 12 19.3 .420 .364 .774 1.8 1.5 .4 .1 9.0
2000–01 Washington 78 42 32.3 .438 .274 .868 3.1 2.9 1.0 .1 18.1
2001–02 Washington 63 57 35.0 .435 .381 .890 3.4 2.7 .6 .2 20.0
2002–03 Detroit 82 82 32.2 .443 .269 .833 3.9 3.5 .8 .2 19.7
2003–04 Detroit 78 78 35.5 .455 .265 .868 3.6 4.0 1.3 .2 17.6
2004–05 Detroit 76 76 38.5 .440 .305 .858 3.9 4.9 1.0 .2 18.7
2005–06 Detroit 80 80 35.3 .491 .458 .845 3.2 3.4 .7 .2 20.1
2006–07 Detroit 75 75 36.8 .468 .341 .861 3.8 3.8 .8 .2 19.8
2007–08 Detroit 72 72 33.7 .484 .440 .833 3.3 4.2 1.0 .1 17.3
2008–09 Detroit 67 51 34.0 .447 .368 .848 3.1 4.4 .6 .1 18.3
2009–10 Detroit 46 46 33.7 .409 .297 .846 2.7 4.4 .7 .1 18.1
2010–11 Detroit 55 39 27.2 .429 .382 .849 2.3 3.1 .7 .1 14.1
2011–12 Chicago 28 28 24.9 .452 .370 .784 2.4 3.0 .4 .0 11.6
2012–13 Chicago 50 45 21.8 .429 .308 .857 1.7 2.4 .5 .1 9.8
Career 921 783 32.1 .449 .346 .852 3.1 3.4 .8 .1 17.1
All-Star 3 0 15.3 .458 .500 .000 2.0 1.3 .0 .0 7.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003 Detroit 17 17 38.8 .442 .333 .906 3.9 2.6 .8 .1 22.5
2004 Detroit 23 23 40.2 .447 .385 .848 4.6 4.2 1.2 .0 21.5
2005 Detroit 25 25 43.2 .453 .294 .798 4.3 4.3 .8 .1 20.0
2006 Detroit 18 18 38.3 .413 .350 .851 2.9 2.7 .9 .3 20.4
2007 Detroit 16 16 39.9 .429 .400 .865 4.3 3.8 .9 .1 18.8
2008 Detroit 17 17 38.6 .470 .308 .911 4.2 3.9 1.4 .5 21.6
2009 Detroit 4 4 38.5 .356 .200 .900 2.8 5.0 1.3 .3 13.3
2012 Chicago 6 6 28.5 .414 .333 .818 3.2 3.0 .2 .0 13.0
2013 Chicago 4 0 17.0 .370 .429 .750 .8 1.3 .3 .5 6.5
Career 130 126 38.8 .439 .340 .860 3.9 3.6 .9 .2 19.8

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