Steve Novak

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Steve Novak
Steve Novak March 2012.jpg
Novak with the New York Knicks
No. 16 – Utah Jazz
Position Forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born June 13, c. 1983[a]
Libertyville, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Brown Deer (Brown Deer, Wisconsin)
College Marquette (2002–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Pro career 2006–present
Career history
20062008 Houston Rockets
2007 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
20082010 Los Angeles Clippers
2010–2011 Dallas Mavericks
2011 Reno Bighorns (D-League)
2011 San Antonio Spurs
20112013 New York Knicks
2013–2014 Toronto Raptors
2014–present Utah Jazz
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Big East (2006)
  • C-USA Sixth Man of the Year (2003)
  • C-USA All-Freshman Team (2003)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Steven Michael Novak (born June 13, c. 1983[a]) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is listed as 6'10", 235 lbs. He played college basketball in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at Marquette University. Novak splits time at both small forward and power forward. He was born in Libertyville, Illinois. He was the NBA regular season leader in three point percentage during the 2011–12 season.

High school career[edit]

Novak attended Brown Deer High School in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. As a junior, Steve averaged 22.2 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots per game. During his senior season, Novak averaged 20.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game. Throughout his high school basketball career, he earned four letters. In 2002 Novak was named the Wisconsin High School Boys' Basketball Player of the Year.[6]

College career[edit]

Novak began his college basketball career at Marquette University in 2002–03. He saw action in all 33 games and averaged 6.7 points per game. He wore jersey number 20. He also shot 50.5% from the three-point line. As a freshman, Novak played in the Final Four, alongside future NBA players Dwyane Wade and Travis Diener.

Novak started 29 of the 32 games in the 2003–04 season. He averaged 12.5 points per game along with 4.6 rebounds per game. Novak also shot 91.2% from the free throw line.

During the 2004–05 season, Novak started 29 of the 31 games. He improved his average to 13.5 points per game and also was third on the team with 4.1 rebounds per game.

The 2005–06 season saw an overall improvement in Novak's game. He led the team in points per game by averaging 17.5. In addition to this he averaged 5.9 rebounds per game and shot 97.4% from the foul line. Novak's top performances included a 41-point, 16-rebound effort in Marquette's 94–79 upset of then #2 UConn in Marquette's inaugural Big East contest,[7] and a game-winning 18-foot jumper with 1.1 seconds left to cap a 28-point effort in a 67–65 victory over Notre Dame.[8]

In March 2006, Novak competed and won the ESPN college three-point shooting contest at Hinkle Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana.[9]

He graduated with a BA in Communication studies from Marquette University[10][11] where he met his wife, Christina Canino.

NBA career[edit]

Novak (No. 23) with the San Antonio Spurs defending Andray Blatche in 2011.

Houston Rockets (2006–2008)[edit]

On June 28, 2006, he was selected by the Houston Rockets in the NBA Draft with the 32nd overall pick (2nd pick in 2nd round). Novak ended his rookie season (2006–07) with averages of 1.5 points and 0.7 rebounds in 5.5 minutes per game. He was not active on the Houston Rockets' playoff roster.

During the 2007–08 season, Novak was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, a NBA Development League team.[12] On December 16, 2007, the Rockets recalled him from the Development League, where he had spent a month.[13]

On February 13, 2008, Novak scored a game winning 3-pointer vs. the Sacramento Kings to win the game 89–87 with 2.5 seconds left, keeping the Rockets' historic 22-game winning streak alive. It was his only basket of the game.[14]

Los Angeles Clippers (2008–2010)[edit]

In 2008, the Rockets traded him to the Los Angeles Clippers for the option to exchange second round draft picks in the 2011 NBA Draft. On March 15, 2009, Novak hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat the New Jersey Nets, 107–105.[15]

Dallas Mavericks (2010–2011)[edit]

On September 22, 2010, Novak signed a free agent deal with the Dallas Mavericks.[16] On January 5, 2011, he was released by the team.[17]

San Antonio Spurs (2011)[edit]

On February 4, 2011, Novak was acquired by the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League, but only three days later he was called up by the San Antonio Spurs on a 10-day contract. On March 4, 2011, the Spurs signed Novak for the rest of the season.[18]

Novak was released by the Spurs on December 19, 2011.

New York Knicks (2011–2013)[edit]

Novak signed with the New York Knicks for the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million on December 21, 2011.[19] At the end of the 2011-12 NBA season, Novak led the league in 3-point percentage at 47.2%[20] and tied Kevin Durant for third in total 3-point shots made (133).[21] He became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. On July 9, 2012, Novak agreed to re-sign with New York for a four-year deal worth $15 million.[22] While playing with New York, Steve Novak accrued a large fanbase. Walt Frazier nicknamed him "Novakaine" after the drug Novocain.[23]

Toronto Raptors (2013–2014)[edit]

On July 10, 2013, Novak, Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson, a future first round draft pick, and two future second round draft picks were traded from the Knicks to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Andrea Bargnani.[24]

Utah Jazz (2014–present)[edit]

On July 10, 2014, Novak was traded, along with a 2017 second round pick, to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Diante Garrett.[25]

Achievements and awards[edit]

  • 2001–02 – Gatorade Wisconsin High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year
  • 2002–03 – Conference USA All-Freshman Team
  • 2002–03 – Conference USA Sixth Man of the Year
  • 2004 – NIT All-Star Team
  • 2005–06 – Big East All Conference First Team Unanimous Selection
  • 2005–06 – NCAA 3-Point Shootout Winner
  • 2005–06 – Number 20 retired at Brown Deer High School
  • Holds Marquette career mark for three-point field goals made (354)
  • Holds Marquette record with 68 consecutive free throws made (3rd best in NCAA Division I history[26])
  • 2011–12 – Led the NBA in three-point field-goal percentage

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
Led the league

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Houston 35 1 5.5 .360 .333 1.000 .7 .2 .1 .0 1.5
2007–08 Houston 35 0 7.5 .480 .479 .750 1.0 .2 .1 .1 3.9
2008–09 L.A. Clippers 71 3 16.4 .444 .416 .913 1.8 .6 .3 .1 6.9
2009–10 L.A. Clippers 54 0 6.7 .389 .310 .778 .6 .1 .1 .0 2.1
2010–11 Dallas 7 0 2.6 .500 .750 .000 .7 .0 .0 .0 1.6
2010–11 San Antonio 23 0 8.6 .525 .548 1.000 1.0 .1 .0 .2 4.0
2011–12 New York 54 0 18.9 .478 .472 .846 1.9 .2 .3 .2 8.8
2012–13 New York 81 1 20.3 .414 .425 .909 1.9 .4 .3 .1 6.6
2013–14 Toronto 54 1 10.0 .411 .426 1.000 1.1 .2 .2 .1 3.3
Career 414 6 13 .439 .432 .892 1.4 .3 .2 .1 5.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 Houston 3 0 7.0 .750 .667 .000 .7 .0 .0 .3 2.7
2011 San Antonio 1 0 6.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2012 New York 5 1 19.0 .444 .571 .000 3.0 .0 .0 .2 2.4
2013 New York 9 0 5.6 .538 .444 .000 .4 .0 .1 .0 2.0
2014 Toronto 4 0 3.8 .000 .000 .000 1.3 .3 .0 .0 .0
Career 22 1 8.5 .483 .455 .000 1.2 .0 .0 0.1 1.7

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Some sources list him as being born on June 13, 1983,[1][2] while others state he was born on June 13, 1984.[3][4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Novak Info Page". NBA.com. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Steve Novak NBA & ABA Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
  3. ^ "Steve Novak Profile". gomarquette.com. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Steve Novak D-League playerfile". NBA.com. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ Myslenski, Skip (December 11, 2005). "Youth served a painful lesson". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gatorade honors Novak as Wisconsin's player of year", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 30, 2002
  7. ^ Connecticut Huskies vs. Marquette Golden Eagles – Recap – January 03, 2006 – ESPN
  8. ^ Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Marquette Golden Eagles – Recap – January 20, 2006 – ESPN
  9. ^ http://marquette.scout.com/2/515180.html
  10. ^ http://gomarquette.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/novak_steve01.html
  11. ^ http://www.nba.com/playerfile/steve_novak/bio.html
  12. ^ [1], Retrieved November 30, 2007
  13. ^ Nelson ejected, but Warriors topple Rockets behind Davis' 23
  14. ^ Steve Novak Game Winner, 2/13 on YouTube
  15. ^ New Jersey Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers – Recap – March 15, 2009 – ESPN
  16. ^ Dallas Mavericks sign free-agent forward Steve Novak – ESPN Dallas
  17. ^ Mavs waive Steve Novak – Dallas Mavericks Blog – ESPN Dallas
  18. ^ "Spurs sign Steve Novak to 10-day contract.". spurs.com (San Antonio Spurs). February 8, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  19. ^ Knicks add Novak; who's next? – Knicks Blog – ESPN New York
  20. ^ [2]
  21. ^ "2011–12 NBA Leaders". basketball-reference.com. 
  22. ^ "Steve Novak Returning To Knicks For 4 Years, $15 Million". CBS News New York. Associated Press. July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  23. ^ Steve Novak trending worldwide on Twitter
  24. ^ "Raptors Acquire Three Players, Three Picks From Knicks". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Jazz Acquires Steve Novak and Future Draft Pick". NBA.com. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  26. ^ Thursday recap: Murray State finally falls – Stats & Info Blog – ESPN

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