John Lucas III

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John Lucas III
John Lucas III Raptors.jpg
Lucas with the Raptors in March 2013
No. 24 – Miami Heat
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1982-11-21) November 21, 1982 (age 32)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 166 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school Bellaire (Bellaire, Texas)
College Baylor (2001–2003)
Oklahoma State (2003–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Undrafted
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
2005 Tulsa 66ers (D-League)
2005–2006 Houston Rockets
2006 Tulsa 66ers (D-League)
2006 Snaidero Udine (Italy)
2006–2007 Houston Rockets
2008 Benetton Treviso (Italy)
2009 Colorado 14ers (D-League)
2009 TAU Cerámica (Spain)
2009–2010 Shanghai Sharks (China)
2010–2011 Chicago Bulls
2011 Shanghai Sharks (China)
20112012 Chicago Bulls
2012–2013 Toronto Raptors
2013–2014 Utah Jazz
2014–2015 Fujian Sturgeons (China)
2015 Detroit Pistons
2015–present Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
  • CBA All-Star (2010)
  • NBA D-League champion (2009)
  • NBA D-League Second Team (2006)
  • Third-team All-AmericanAP (2004)
  • 2x First-team All-Big 12 (2004, 2005)
  • Big 12 All-Freshman Team (2002)
Stats at
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John Harding Lucas III (born November 21, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Baylor and Oklahoma State

Early life[edit]

Born in Washington, D.C. as the son of former NBA player and coach John Lucas and his wife DeEdgra, Lucas once lived in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania and played for the same school as current NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant (though 3 years after Bryant left and only on the junior varsity team). Lucas was the starting point guard on the same high school team (Bellaire High School) in Texas as future NBA players Emeka Okafor and Lawrence Roberts. Lucas has a younger brother, Jai.[1]

He originally played collegiately at Baylor University, but transferred from there to Oklahoma State University in the wake of the 2003 Baylor basketball scandal. Lucas is noted for his winning shot against the Saint Joseph's University team that sent the 2004 Oklahoma State Cowboys to the NCAA Final Four.

Professional career[edit]

In 2005, after failing to get drafted by an NBA team, Lucas signed a contract to play with the Minnesota Timberwolves Summer League team. The Timberwolves also signed him to their training camp roster. During the 2005–06 NBA season, Lucas was called up by the Houston Rockets from the Tulsa 66ers in December 2005. He played 13 games for the Rockets between December and February. Lucas's call-up made him the first Tulsa 66ers player to be called up from the NBA Development League. He averaged 16.6 points in 33.2 mins per game with the 66ers.

On May 10, 2006, Lucas signed with Snaidero Udine of the Italian League, to fill the gap left by Jerome Allen, who was out for the season due to injury.

On July 28, 2006, Lucas signed with the Rockets to a three-year contract.[2] In the 2006–07 season, Lucas and the Rockets made it to the playoffs, where they lost to the Utah Jazz in the first round, in 7 games. On October 30, 2007, Lucas was one of four players cut from the Rockets' roster, prior to the commencement of the 2007–08 season.

He subsequently returned to Italian basketball, joining Benetton Treviso in January 2008. He was then later released by Treviso in March. Lucas was signed by the Oklahoma City Thunder in September 2008 but was released by them in November before playing in any NBA games for them.[3] In February 2009, he signed with the Colorado 14ers and helped them go on to win the 2008–09 D-League championship. On April 27, 2009, Lucas signed with TAU Cerámica of the Spanish ACB League for the remainder of the season.[4][5]

On September 2, 2009, Lucas was drafted by the Maine Red Claws in the NBA Development League expansion draft.

Lucas played in the 2009 NBA preseason for the Miami Heat. He played four games and averaged 7.0 points, 2.3 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game. On October 23, 2009, Lucas was waived by the Heat.

Lucas then spent the 2009–10 season with the Shanghai Sharks of the CBA.[6]

He spent the 2010 NBA preseason with the Chicago Bulls but was waived on October 21. The Bulls re-signed Lucas on November 26.[7] In his debut for the Bulls, Lucas missed two critical free throws in the final seconds of a 98–97 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He was waived on January 4, 2011, and signed with the Shanghai Sharks in China. After his 2-month China stint, he returned to America and re-signed with the Bulls on March 20, 2011. On January 11, 2012, Lucas received his first-ever NBA start and achieved a career-high of 25 points, leading the Bulls in a 78–64 win over the Washington Wizards. He also played 45 minutes, made 11 of 28 field goal attempts, and had 8 assists and 8 rebounds (all career-highs).

On March 14, 2012, the Bulls hosted the Miami Heat. The Bulls were missing Derrick Rose, who was out due to a groin injury. Lucas scored 24 points and led the Chicago Bulls to a 106–102 victory over the Miami Heat.[8]

On March 21, 2012, Lucas led the Bulls to a comeback victory over the Toronto Raptors, scoring all of his 13 points in the 4th quarter.[9]

On July 27, 2012, Lucas signed with the Toronto Raptors.[10]

On July 22, 2013, Lucas signed with the Utah Jazz.[11]

On July 22, 2014, Lucas was traded, along with Erik Murphy and Malcolm Thomas, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Carrick Felix, a 2015 second round draft pick and cash considerations.[12] On September 25, 2014, he was traded, along with Erik Murphy, Dwight Powell, Malcolm Thomas and the Cavaliers' 2016 and 2017 second-round picks, to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Keith Bogans and two future second-round picks.[13] Four days later, he was waived by the Celtics.[14]

On October 21, 2014, Lucas signed with the Washington Wizards.[15] Four days later, he was waived by the Wizards.[16] On November 21, 2014, he signed with the Fujian Sturgeons for the rest of the 2014–15 CBA season.[17] His final game for Fujian came on January 30, 2015 and left China having averaged 26.3 points, 7.0 assists and 4.6 rebounds over 28 games.[18] On February 2, he signed a 10-day contract with the Detroit Pistons.[19] On February 12, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Pistons.[20] On February 25, he signed with the Pistons for the rest of the season.[21]

On September 28, 2015, Lucas signed with the Miami Heat.[22]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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]

2005–06 Houston 13 0 8.2 .389 .222 .000 .4 .9 .4 .0 2.3
2006–07 Houston 47 0 8.1 .397 .254 .789 .8 .7 .4 .0 3.3
2010–11 Chicago 2 0 5.0 .333 .000 .000 .0 .5 .0 .0 1.0
2011–12 Chicago 49 2 14.8 .399 .393 .875 1.6 2.2 .4 .0 7.5
2012–13 Toronto 63 0 13.1 .386 .377 .720 1.0 1.7 .4 .0 5.3
2013–14 Utah 42 6 14.1 .326 .298 .625 .9 1.0 .3 .0 3.8
2014–15 Detroit 21 0 13.0 .404 .310 1.000 .8 2.9 .4 .0 4.7
Career 237 8 12.3 .384 .345 .768 1.0 1.5 .4 .0 4.8


2007 Houston 2 0 4.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .5 .0 0.0
2012 Chicago 5 0 18.8 .450 .385 1.000 1.4 1.8 .0 .0 8.3
Career 7 0 14.6 .439 .397 1.000 1.0 1.3 .1 .0 6.1


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