Jason Anthoney Richardson (born January 20, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Richardson was taken by the Golden State Warriors as the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft after playing college basketball for Michigan State University. He won the NBA Dunk Contest in both 2002 and 2003, becoming the second player, after Michael Jordan, to win the competition back-to-back. Richardson has also played for the Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Richardson with the Magic in 2010
|Born||January 20, 1981|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Arthur Hill (Saginaw, Michigan)|
|College||Michigan State (1999–2001)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the Golden State Warriors|
|2001–2007||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||14,644 (17.1 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,245 (5.0 rpg)|
|Assists||2,284 (2.7 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Early life and collegeEdit
Born in Saginaw, Michigan, Richardson graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1999. Having led the Arthur Hill basketball team to the Class A championship game, Richardson was Mr. Basketball of Michigan and a McDonald's High School All-American in his senior year. Richardson chose to play college basketball for Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo.
In his freshman season at Michigan State, Richardson averaged 5.1 points per game in 37 games (including three starts) and made 50.3% of attempted field goals. Led by Mateen Cleaves and Morris Peterson, the Spartans won the NCAA Championship with Richardson as a key reserve. In a bigger role in his sophomore season at Michigan State, he led the Spartans in scoring averaging 14.7 points per game. Richardson played along future NBA players Zach Randolph and Charlie Bell as the Spartans advanced to the Final Four before losing to Arizona. He was named Big Ten First Team that year.
Golden State Warriors (2001–2007)Edit
The Warriors drafted Jason Richardson out of Michigan State with the 5th overall pick.
Richardson competed in the Rookie Challenge as a rookie in 2002 and a sophomore in 2003. His teams won both years, and he was awarded the Rookie Challenge MVP as a rookie. As a sophomore, he had a memorable moment when, in the closing seconds of the game, he bounced the ball off Carlos Boozer's forehead and then made a three-pointer before the clock ran out.
During his time with Golden State, Richardson gained popularity for his outstanding scoring, ability to dunk, dedication to the team and fans, and ethical maturity. As the long time captain of the Warriors, Richardson organized a letter of apology to Warrior fans in 2005 after the team failed to make the playoffs for the 12th straight season. The letter ran in several Bay Area newspapers. The following year, Richardson helped lead the Warriors to their first playoff trip in 13 years. The Warriors upset the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round, but lost in the second round to the Utah Jazz.
Even after leaving Golden State, Richardson remained one of the most popular players among Warrior fans because of his electric style of play and ability to shoot three-pointers, as well as the longevity and tenor of his tenure with the team. Richardson set the Warrior franchise record for three-pointers made in a game without missing (8) in a home win against the Phoenix Suns. Richardson is especially known for his high-flying abilities and is widely regarded as one of the best dunkers in 2000s. He won the NBA Slam Dunk Contests in 2002 and 2003, and also competed in the 2004 contest, but lost to Fred Jones in the finals.
Charlotte Bobcats (2007–2008)Edit
Richardson began to gain attention with the Bobcats when he led the team to a road win against the Boston Celtics after scoring 34 points. This was only the Celtics' fourth loss of the season and second loss at home. It was also the Bobcats' second road win of the season, ending an 11-game road losing streak. Richardson also led the Bobcats to a franchise-record five consecutive game winning streak, including a home win against his former team, the Golden State Warriors. Richardson posted 42 points against the Warriors. The 2007–08 season was a season of rebuilding for Richardson and the Bobcats. He was able to get his points per game average back up to 21.8, lead the Bobcats in scoring, and lead the league in three-point field goals made.
Phoenix Suns (2008–2010)Edit
On December 10, 2008, Richardson was traded along with Jared Dudley, and a 2010 second-round pick to the Phoenix Suns for Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and Sean Singletary. The Suns dealt for Richardson, as they were looking for another backcourt scorer to take pressure off of Steve Nash.
In his first game as a Sun, Richardson scored a game-high 21 points, including an alley-oop from Leandro Barbosa that brought the crowd to their feet. His first year in Phoenix resulted in the team missing the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
However, in his second year with the team, he helped bring them back to the playoffs with his play on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. In the first round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs, Richardson led the Suns to a first-round victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, including a career playoff-high 42 points in a Game 3 blowout. In the next round, Richardson helped the Suns to a series sweep against the San Antonio Spurs, before falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.
Orlando Magic (2010–2012)Edit
On December 18, 2010, Richardson was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Hedo Türkoğlu and Earl Clark for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickaël Piétrus, a 2011 first-round draft pick and $3 million cash. In December 2011, Richardson agreed to a four-year, $25 million contract to remain in Orlando. The Magic made the playoffs in Richardson's first year with the team, losing in the first round to the Atlanta Hawks.
Philadelphia 76ers (2012–2015)Edit
On August 10, 2012, Richardson was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team deal which sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. He managed just 33 games in 2012–13 before being ruled out for the rest of the season in January 2013 after undergoing surgery on his left knee, and subsequently sat out the entire 2013–14 season with the injury as well.
On February 18, 2015, Richardson was a full participant in practice for the first time in over two years after having not taken to the court in 762 days. Two days later, he returned to action for the 76ers as he started against the Indiana Pacers. In 18 minutes of play, he recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in the 95-106 loss. On March 4, 2015, he scored a season-high 29 points in a 123-118 overtime loss in Oklahoma City to the Thunder.
On August 18, 2015, Richardson signed with the Atlanta Hawks. However, less than a month later, Richardson began experiencing pain in his right knee, and an MRI revealed bone spurs. On September 23, 2015, he announced his retirement from the NBA, citing he feared that his ability to walk would be impaired for the rest of his life if he continued to play.
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
- NBA Slam Dunk Champion: 2002, 2003
- Rookie Challenge MVP: 2002
- NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2002
- NBA regular season leader for 3-point field goals made: 2007–08 (243 threes made)
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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|
- "Jason Richardson". Michigan State Spartans. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
- Warrior tandem score big in loosely-played game February 5, 2003
- Richardson trade is good news, sad news
- Richardson is being repaid for his loyalty
- J-Rich exits on high road
- Jason Richardson Bio Page Archived May 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Top 10 Dunkers Today
- Best Dunk Contest Dunk: J-Rich in 2003
- Richardson, Bobcats Surprise Celtics January 9, 2008
- Richardson's 34 Help Bobcats Bring Down Wizards March 8, 2008
- "Suns Trade for Richardson, Dudley and 2010 Second-Round Pick". NBA.com. Retrieved December 11, 2008.
- "Suns trade Bell, Diaw for Richardson". The Boston Globe. December 11, 2008.
- Jason Richardson gets positive grades after Phoenix Suns season
- Jason Richardson leads Phoenix Suns into second round of NBA Playoffs
- "Richardson scores 42, Suns go up 2–1 over Blazers". Fox News. April 23, 2010.
- "Magic Receive Turkoglu, Richardson & Clark From Suns". NBA.com. December 18, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
- "Orlando Magic Guard Jason Richardson Guard Surprisingly Resigns".
- Magic Acquire Six Players, Five Draft Picks in Howard Trade
- Zimmerman, Kevin. "Jason Richardson injury likely to sideline him until at least January". SB Nation. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- J-Rich Returns To Practice; MCW Update; Deadline Day
- Richardson To Start Against Pacers After 25 Months Away
- Stuckey scores 30 off bench, Pacers beat Sixers 106-95
- Russell Westbrook hits career highs in points, boards in OT win
- "Atlanta Hawks Sign Jason Richardson". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. August 18, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
- "Jason Richardson officially retires from NBA after 14 seasons". yahoo.com. September 23, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2015.