Ryan Richards

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Ryan Richards
No. 24 – Sanat Naft Abadan
Position Power forward / Center
League Iranian Super League
Personal information
Born (1991-04-24) 24 April 1991 (age 26)
Chatham, Kent, England
Nationality English
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009 Belfius Mons-Hainaut
2009 La Caja Gran Canaria
2010 BBC Monthey
2011–2012 Lugano Tigers
2012 Sukhumi
2012–2013 Asseco Prokom Gdynia
2013 Zepter Vienna
2013 Al Nasr Dubai
2013–2014 Ikaros Chalkidas
2014 Zepter Vienna
2014–2015 Körmend
2015 Azad University Tehran
2015 Guangxi Weizhuang Rhinos
2015–2016 Shahrdari Gorgan
2016 Sageese
2016 Al-Ahli
2016 Karpoš Sokoli
2016–present Sanat Naft Abadan
Career highlights and awards

Ryan Earl Richards (born 21 April 1991) is an English professional basketball player for Sanat Naft Abadan of the Iranian Super League. He was drafted by the Spurs with the 49th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft.

Junior career[edit]

In 2005–06, Richards played for the Medway Park Crusaders club team, making regular appearances with the senior squad at only 14 in the English Basketball League's third division by the end of the season. He averaged four points and four rebounds per game and helped the Crusaders finish runner-up in the 2006 National Shield. He also competed for England at the 2006 U-16 European Championship despite being a year younger than most of the players in the tournament. He finished second on the team in scoring (9.7 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.6 rpg).[1]

In 2006–07, Richards played for Gran Canaria's U-16 cadet team at the Spanish Academy level. He also competed for its U-18 junior squad. He posted a 33-point performance in leading his club to a championship. In April 2007, he played for the World Select team at the Nike Hoop Summit at just 15 years old, going 0-2 from the field in three minutes. He later represented England at the 2007 U-16 European Championship, where he averaged 18.6 points and 11.6 rebounds over seven appearances in helping his squad to its highest-ever finish (fourth).[1]

In 2007–08, Richards played for C.B. Agüimes of the Junior League of Canaria. He also played in three games for Real Madrid's junior team at the Nike Junior International Tournament, averaging 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 22.4 minutes.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Early years (2008–2011)[edit]

In 2008, Richards joined the junior program of Belgian club Belfius Mons-Hainaut. In Belgium's third division, he helped the squad go 16–8 in Group B. In March 2009, Richards made his debut in the Ethias League. During the 2008–09 season, he also played two games in the Nike Junior International Tournament for German club Brose Baskets, averaging 16.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 29.3 minutes. Richards later played two games at the 2009 U-18 European Championship for England, averaging 29.0 points and 13.0 rebounds.[1]

For the 2009–10 season, Richards joined Gran Canaria and started the season with the team's junior squad, La Caja Gran Canaria, in the Spanish EBA. He averaged 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 18.4 minutes per game over three appearances. Following this three-game stint, he began suiting up for the senior squad, but never made it onto the court with Gran Canaria. In January 2010, he was loaned to Swiss club BBC Monthey for the rest of the 2009–10 season.[2] He played six games for Monthey before separating his shoulder. He averaged 13.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 20.3 minutes.[1]

On 24 June 2010, Richards was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 49th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft.[3] He did not join the Spurs for the 2010–11 season; instead, he spent the season recovering from two shoulder surgeries.[4]

Europe and Asia (2011–present)[edit]

On 9 September 2011, Richards signed with Swiss club Lugano Tigers.[4] He left the team in February 2012. Two months later, he signed with BC Sukhumi of the Georgian Superleague.[5]

In July 2012, Richards joined the San Antonio Spurs for the 2012 NBA Summer League. On 6 November 2012, he signed with Polish club Asseco Prokom Gdynia.[6] On 29 January 2013, he parted ways with Gdynia.[7] Two weeks later, he signed with BC Zepter Vienna for the rest of the season.[8] With Zepter Vienna, he won an Austrian League championship.

In July 2013, Richards re-joined the San Antonio Spurs for the 2013 NBA Summer League. He started the 2013–14 season with Dubai-based club Al Nasr,[9] but returned to Europe in December 2013 and joined Greek club Ikaros Chalkidas for the rest of the season.[10]

On 19 July 2014, Richards signed with Zepter Vienna, returning to the club for a second stint.[11] His second stint lasted just five games, as he parted ways with the club on 21 October 2014.[12] Three days later, he signed with Hungarian club BC Körmend for the rest of the season.[13]

In April 2015, Richards moved to Iran where he joined Azad University Tehran.[14] In June 2015, he signed with Chinese NBL side Guangxi Weizhuang Rhinos.[15]

For the 2015–16 season, Richards returned to Iran to play for Shahrdari Gorgan. Following the Iranian season, he joined Lebanese club Sagesse. He then had a short stint with Al-Ahli in May 2016.

On 26 September 2016, Richards signed with the San Antonio Spurs for training camp.[16] Three days later, he was waived by the Spurs.[17] On 20 October 2016, Richards signed with Karpoš Sokoli in Macedonia.[18][19] On 22 November 2016, he parted ways with Sokoli after appearing in four games.[20] On 3 December 2016, he signed with Sanat Naft Abadan of the Iranian Super League.[21]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Ryan Richards | DRAFT 2010 Prospects". NBA.com. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Neter, Sam (26 January 2010). "Ryan Richards Dominates in his Second Game". HoopsFix.com. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "NBA's San Antonio Spurs snap up British teenager Ryan Richards". Mirror.co.uk. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Ryan Richards signs with Lugano Tigers". Sportando.com. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Ryan Richards inks with Sokhumi Tbilisi". Sportando.com. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ryan Richards inks with Asseco Prokom Gdynia". Sportando.com. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ryan Richards, Asseco Prokom Gdynia part ways". Sportando.com. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "BC Zepter Vienna signs Ryan Richards". Sportando.com. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Ryan Richards Agrees To Deal In Dubai". Sportando.com. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Ryan Richards inks with Ikaros". Sportando.com. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Zepter Wien sign Ryan Richards, to sign Christoph Greimeister". Sportando.com. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "BC Zepter Vienna parts ways with Ryan Richards". Sportando.com. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Ryan Richards signs with BC Kormend for Giorgi Sharabidze". Sportando.com. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "Ryan Richards moves to Azad-Teheran in Iran". Sportando.com. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Ryan Richards signs in Chinese NBL with Guangxi Rhinos". Sportando.com. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "SPURS ANNOUNCE 2016-17 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". NBA.com. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "SPURS WAIVE RYAN RICHARDS". NBA.com. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "Ричардс ќе го затвора рекетот na Соколи". SportMedia.mk (in Macedonian). 20 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  19. ^ "Од Сан Антонио во Скопје: Британецот Ричардс потпиша за Карпош Соколи". KKSokoli.mk (in Macedonian). Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  20. ^ "Карпош Соколи со „шут карта" за Ричардс". sportmedia.mk (in Macedonian). 22 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  21. ^ "Ryan Richards (ex Karpos Sokoli) joins Naft Abadan". Eurobasket.com. 3 December 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 

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