Jefferson with the Cleveland Cavaliers
|No. 24 – Cleveland Cavaliers|
June 21, 1980 |
Los Angeles, California
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||233 lb (106 kg)|
|High school||Moon Valley (Phoenix, Arizona)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|2001–2008||New Jersey Nets|
|2009–2012||San Antonio Spurs|
|2012–2013||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Richard Allen Jefferson (born June 21, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a member of the United States men's national basketball team at the 2003 Tournament of the Americas and the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics, and won the NBA championship as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.
- 1 Early life
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 NBA career statistics
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Jefferson was born in Los Angeles and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. His parents were both Christian missionaries, and he moved around frequently growing up. He attended Moon Valley High School in West Phoenix, where he was an integral part of the varsity basketball team that won the 4A State Championship in 1998.
Jefferson played college basketball at the University of Arizona, under Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson from 1998-2001. During his 84-game career (77 starts), Jefferson averaged 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He capped his career by leading Arizona to the 2001 national championship game. Along the way, Jefferson was an all-Midwest Regional and all-Final Four selection. He was inducted into the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor during the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, March 10, 2012.
New Jersey Nets (2001–2008)
Jefferson played seven seasons with the New Jersey Nets and was a key element of their back-to-back Eastern Conference Championship teams of 2002 and 2003. In addition, Jefferson was a member of the USA Men's Olympic basketball team in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Jefferson competed in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2003.
Jefferson began his career as a substitute small forward for Keith Van Horn and showed great defensive skills and all-around ability. Because of his potential, and Van Horn's conflict with power forward Kenyon Martin, the Nets traded Van Horn to the Philadelphia 76ers and trusted Jefferson as a starter. Jefferson blossomed in the role, becoming a good mid- and long-range shooter in addition to his slashing ability. On August 13, 2004, Jefferson signed a six-year, $78,000,000 contract extension with the Nets.
Jefferson missed the majority of the 2004–05 regular season after rupturing a ligament in his left wrist, an injury he claimed occurred when Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups purposely undercut him on a layup attempt during a game on December 27, 2004. Jefferson ended up missing 49 games, but returned to action for the first round of the playoffs against the Miami Heat. Prior to suffering the injury, he had missed only five games in his three NBA seasons. Jefferson had been enjoying his best professional season, averaging 22.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game. Through the 2005–06 season, Jefferson continued to perform at a high level and established himself as one of the NBA's most versatile players. On January 21, 2007, Jefferson decided to have ankle surgery. After missing around six weeks, he was back in the lineup. His absence proved to be a major setback for the struggling Nets, who surged back into playoff contention once Jefferson returned.
In August 2007, Richard Jefferson pledged $3.5 million toward the University of Arizona's then-planned basketball and volleyball practice facility, which was eventually named in his honor. UA officials believe it is the largest donation ever from a former player.
He started the 2007–08 season in the best form of his NBA career. In the first 7 games, he averaged 26.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists, while also notching up 1.3 steals, 97.1% in free-throws and 49.1% in field-goals. On October 31, in a game against the Chicago Bulls, Jefferson injured his right wrist slightly, thumping his chest following a clutch three-pointer. The Nets went on to win the game in overtime. On December 4 he passed Kerry Kittles to become the Nets' second all-time leading scorer.
Milwaukee Bucks (2008–2009)
On June 26, 2008 Jefferson was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons. He was not happy with the trade at first because he planned on being a Net until retirement. However, he later expressed enthusiasm about playing alongside Michael Redd.
San Antonio Spurs (2009–2012)
On June 23, 2009, Richard Jefferson was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas, and Fabricio Oberto. On June 30, 2010 Jefferson opted out of his contract with San Antonio and became an unrestricted free agent. On July 23, 2010, Jefferson re-signed with the Spurs.
Golden State Warriors (2012–2013)
Utah Jazz (2013–2014)
Dallas Mavericks (2014–2015)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2015–present)
On August 5, 2015, Jefferson signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers finished the regular season with a 57–25 record and made it through to the 2016 NBA Finals with a 12–2 playoff record. Jefferson started Game 3 of the NBA Finals in place of the injured Kevin Love. Jefferson gave the Cavaliers a huge boost in 33 minutes, scoring nine points with eight rebounds, as the Cavaliers cut the Golden State Warriors' advantage in the series to 2–1 with a 120–90 win. Despite going down 3–1 in the series following a Game 4 loss, the Cavaliers won the series in seven games to become the first team in NBA history to win the championship after being down 3–1.
Jefferson publicly contemplated retiring after winning the Finals, but soon changed his mind and signed a two-year deal with the Cavaliers on July 7, 2016.
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|
- Richard Jefferson Profile
- Richard Jefferson Gymnasium - About Richard Jefferson
- 2011-12 Hall of Honor Class Announced, Pac-12 Conference, February 7, 2012
- Nets Will Lose Jefferson for 6 Weeks
- "Richard Jefferson Gymnasium". arizonawildcats.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2013.
- Bucks acquire Richard Jefferson from New Jersey for Bobby Simmons and Yi Jianlian
- Jefferson Says He Likes Trade to Milwaukee - NBA.com
- Source: Spurs Obtain Richard Jefferson - spurs.com
- "Spurs acquire Stephen Jackson". Associated Press. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
- AP Sources: Warriors Clear Space, Acquire Iguodala
- "Warriors Acquire Andre Iguodala from Denver Nuggets as Part of Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
- "Mavs Sign Richard Jefferson". mavs.com. July 21, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
- "Cavs Sign Forward Richard Jefferson". NBA.com. August 5, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
- "LeBron scores 32, Cavs wallop Warriors 120-90 in Game 3". NBA.com. June 8, 2016. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
- "Cavaliers to bring back Richard Jefferson with 2-year contract". espn.go.com. July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
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