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Steve Novak
Steve Novak March 2012.jpg
Novak with the New York Knicks in 2012
Free agent
Position Forward
Personal information
Born June 13, c. 1983[a]
Libertyville, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 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
Playing 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
20142015 Utah Jazz
20152016 Oklahoma City Thunder
2016 Milwaukee Bucks
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 last played for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is listed as 6'10", 225 lbs. He played college basketball at Marquette University. Novak splits time at both small forward and power forward. He was the NBA regular season leader in three point percentage during the 2011–12 season.

High school career[edit]

Born in Libertyville, Illinois, Novak attended Brown Deer High School in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. As a junior, he 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]

Considered a four-star recruit by Scout.com, Novak was listed as the No. 17 small forward and the No. 62 player in the nation in 2002.[7]

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,[8] 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.[9]

In March 2006, Novak competed and won the ESPN college three-point shooting contest at Hinkle Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana.[10]

He graduated with a BA in Communication studies from Marquette University.[3][11]

Professional career[edit]

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

Houston Rockets (2006–2008)[edit]

On June 28, 2006, Novak was selected with the 32nd overall pick of the 2006 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets.[12] He 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, an NBA Development League team.[13] On December 16, 2007, the Rockets recalled him from the Development League, where he had spent a month.[14]

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.[15]

Los Angeles Clippers (2008–2010)[edit]

On August 6, 2008, the Rockets traded Novak to the Los Angeles Clippers for the option to exchange second round draft picks in the 2011 NBA Draft.[16] On March 15, 2009, Novak hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat the New Jersey Nets, 107–105.[17]

Dallas Mavericks (2010–2011)[edit]

On September 22, 2010, Novak signed a free agent deal with the Dallas Mavericks.[18] On January 5, 2011, he was released by the team.[19]

San Antonio Spurs (2011)[edit]

On February 4, 2011, Novak was acquired by the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League,[20] but only three days later he was called up by the San Antonio Spurs on a 10-day contract.[21] On February 22, he was signed to a second 10-day contract[22] and on March 4, 2011, the Spurs signed Novak for the rest of the season.[23] Novak was released by the Spurs on December 19.[24]

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.[25] At the end of the 2011-12 NBA season, Novak led the league in 3-point percentage at 47.2%[26] and tied Kevin Durant for third in total 3-point shots made (133).[27] 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.[28] While playing with New York, Steve Novak accrued a large fanbase. Walt Frazier nicknamed him "Novakaine" after the drug Novocain.[29] Novak competed in the 2012-13 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest during All-Star Weekend.[30] His turnover percentage of 2.63 turnovers committed per 100 plays during the 2012–13 season is the lowest single-season turnover percentage in league history.[31] The NBA did not start recording individual turnovers until the 1977–78 season.[32]

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.[33]

Utah Jazz (2014–2015)[edit]

On July 10, 2014, Novak was traded, along with a 2017 second round pick, to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Diante Garrett.[34]

Oklahoma City Thunder (2015–2016)[edit]

On February 19, 2015, Novak was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a three-team deal that also involved the Detroit Pistons.[35]

On February 18, 2016, Novak was traded, along with D. J. Augustin, two second-round picks and cash considerations, to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Randy Foye.[36] He was waived by the Nuggets the next day.[37]

Milwaukee Bucks (2016)[edit]

On February 22, 2016, Novak signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.[38] He appeared in three games for the Bucks before a left knee injury suffered on February 27 against the Detroit Pistons ruled him out for the rest of the season.[39]

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 – All-Big East 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[40])
  • 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
2014–15 Utah 22 0 5.0 .457 .485 .000 .7 .3 .0 .0 2.2
2014–15 Oklahoma City 13 0 6.8 .286 .200 .000 .5 .4 .0 .1 1.2
2015–16 Oklahoma City 7 0 3.4 .500 .556 .000 .6 .0 .0 .0 2.4
2015–16 Milwaukee 3 0 6.7 .333 .333 1.000 .3 .0 .0 .0 2.3
Career 459 6 12.3 .438 .431 .877 1.3 .3 .2 .1 4.7

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. ^ a b "Steve Novak Marquette bio". GoMarquette.com. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Steve Novak D-League playerfile". NBA.com. Archived from the original on December 11, 2013. 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. Retrieved March 4, 2006. 
  7. ^ "Steve Novak Recruiting Profile". Scout.com. Retrieved January 1, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Novak gets 41 points, 16 rebounds for Marquette". ESPN.com. January 4, 2006. Retrieved March 4, 2006. 
  9. ^ "Marquette 67, Notre Dame 65". ESPN.com. January 21, 2006. Retrieved March 4, 2006. 
  10. ^ "Steve Novitzki wins ESPN 3PT Shooting Contest". Scout.com. March 30, 2006. Retrieved March 30, 2006. 
  11. ^ "Steve Novak NBA.com bio". NBA.com. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Rockets draft Steve Novak at 32". ClutchFans.net. June 28, 2006. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Rockets assign Novak to D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers". OurSportsCentral.com. November 11, 2007. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Rockets Recall Steve Novak From D-League's Vipers". OurSportsCentral.com. December 16, 2007. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Steve Novak Game Winner, 2/13". YouTube.com. February 19, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Clippers Acquire Steve Novak From Houston Rockets". NBA.com. August 6, 2008. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Novak's 3-pointer sinks Nets, negates Carter's 41". ESPN.com. March 16, 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Mavericks add forward Steve Novak". ESPN.com. September 22, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  19. ^ MacMahon, Tim (January 5, 2011). "Mavs waive Steve Novak". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  20. ^ "'Horns Add Sharpshooter Steve Novak to Roster". OurSportsCentral.com. February 4, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Spurs sign Steve Novak to 10-day contract". NBA.com. February 8, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Spurs Sign Steve Novak to Second 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. February 8, 2011. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
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  30. ^ "Irving wins Foot Locker Three-Point Contest". NBA.com. February 17, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  31. ^ "NBA & ABA Single Season Leaders and Records for Turnover Pct". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on June 26, 2016. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  32. ^ Grasso, John (2010). Historical Dictionary of Basketball. Scarecrow Press. p. 358. 
  33. ^ "Raptors Acquire Three Players, Three Picks From Knicks". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  34. ^ Lea, Bill (July 10, 2014). "Jazz Acquires Steve Novak and Future Draft Pick". NBA.com. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Thunder Acquires Kanter, Novak, Augustin, Singler and Draft Pick". NBA.com. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  36. ^ "Nuggets Acquire D.J. Augustin, Steve Novak, Second Round Picks and Cash Consideration". NBA.com. February 18, 2016. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  37. ^ "Nuggets Waive J.J. Hickson and Steve Novak". NBA.com. February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  38. ^ "BUCKS SIGN STEVE NOVAK". NBA.com. February 22, 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  39. ^ "Steve Novak's Milwaukee homecoming ends after knee injury". ESPN.com. February 28, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2016. 
  40. ^ Korn, Tyler (February 10, 2012). "Thursday recap: Murray State finally falls". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 

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