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November 28, 1963 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||George Washington
|NBA draft||1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29th overall|
|Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Number||22, 4, 20, 2|
|1987–1990||New York Knicks|
|1993–1994||New Jersey Nets|
|1999–2001||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||12,740 (11.0 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,536 (2.2 rpg)|
|Assists||1,688 (1.5 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
John Sylvester Newman, Jr. (born November 28, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player. A 6' 7" and 210 lb (95 kg) shooting guard/small forward, Newman starred at the University of Richmond, before going on to play in the National Basketball Association. In his 16 seasons (1986–2002) in the NBA, he was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, and Dallas Mavericks.
Born in Danville, Virginia, Newman attended George Washington High School in Danville, playing for the Eagles under local Hall of Fame coach Harry Johnson before going on to play college basketball at Richmond. Newman is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
Newman graduated from Richmond in 1986 as the school's all-time leader in points with 2,383. He was known as an expert marksman in college, with a .532 career field goal percentage and .800 career free throw percentage mark.
Newman led Richmond twice to the NCAA Tournament. In the 1984 Tournament, Newman and the underdog, 12th-seeded Richmond Spiders upset the 5th-seeded Auburn Tigers, led by future Basketball Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley, in the first round. They fell to the 4th-seeded Indiana Hoosiers in the 2nd round. In the 1986 NCAA Tournament, Richmond was seeded 11th in the East region and lost in the first round to 6th-seeded Saint Joseph's.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' group of selections in the 1986 NBA Draft was one of the best ever for the franchise, and among the best for any team. In that draft, the Cavaliers acquired the rights to future All-Stars Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, and Ron Harper. Since Harper and Newman played the same position, Newman was forced to ride the bench during his rookie season.
Newman joined the New York Knicks for the 1987–1988 season, and slowly worked his way into the starting lineup. Along with teammates Mark Jackson and Patrick Ewing, Newman lead the Knicks into the playoffs and averaged 19.0 ppg (including 35 points in game 3) in an opening round loss to the Boston Celtics. In 1988–89, Newman further grew into his role in the starting five. He averaged 16.0 ppg and led the Knicks to the NBA's Atlantic Division title.
Newman scored 12,740 points in his NBA career.
Newman was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
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|