Quentin L. Richardson (born April 13, 1980) is an American retired professional basketball player, formerly was the director of player development for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Richardson played professionally for 13 seasons for the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. He won the NBA Three-Point Shootout in 2005.
Richardson during his first tenure with the Knicks
|Born||April 13, 1980|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||228 lb (103 kg)|
|High school||Whitney Young (Chicago, Illinois)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Number||3, 23, 5, 55|
|2000–2004||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2005–2009||New York Knicks|
|2013||New York Knicks|
|2014–2016||Detroit Pistons (director of player development)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||8,032 (10.3 ppg)|
|Rebounds||3,666 (4.7 rpg)|
|Assists||1,138 (1.5 apg)|
Richardson was born in Chicago, Illinois to Lee and Emma Richardson where he attended Whitney Young High School. In 1998, he led the Dolphins to the state AA title. In 2006, Richardson was voted as one of the 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament, a group of former players and coaches in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the IHSA boys basketball tournament.
Richardson played college basketball for DePaul University where he averaged 17.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in two seasons. He became the only player in school history to have 1,000+ points, 500+ rebounds and 100+ three-point field goals. As a freshman, he earned both the Conference USA Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Richardson declared for the NBA draft after his sophomore year in 2000.
Los Angeles Clippers (2000–2004)Edit
Richardson was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 18th pick of the 2000 NBA draft. He was selected after fellow Clippers Darius Miles and Keyon Dooling. Richardson would star in a documentary with Miles entitled The Youngest Guns which chronicled their first three seasons in the NBA with the Clippers. Richardson spent four seasons with the Clippers before becoming a free agent.
Phoenix Suns (2004–2005)Edit
The 2004–05 season was a big one for not only Richardson, but the Suns as well. He set a new Suns single-season record for three-point field goals, eclipsing the previous record of 199 set by Dan Majerle. He finished the season with a league-leading 631 three-point attempts, and 226 three-point field goals, co-leading the league with Kyle Korver. Richardson also set a Suns franchise record with nine threes against the New Orleans Hornets on December 29, 2004. Richardson would also go on to win the NBA All-Star Three-Point Shootout that same season. The Suns finished the regular season with a league-best 62 wins and 20 losses. He made his playoff debut with the Suns in 2005 who would eventually lose to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.
New York Knicks (2005–2009)Edit
Richardson was traded from the Suns, along with 2005 draft pick Nate Robinson, to the New York Knicks in exchange for Kurt Thomas and Dijon Thompson in the offseason. His first three seasons in New York were largely hampered by nagging injuries—the most serious being a chronic back condition—which limited him to 55, 49 and 65 games played respectively. His injury situation finally stabilized during the 2008–2009 season, when he remained healthy enough to appear in all but seven games. This does not include two additional DNP-CDs (Did Not Play – Coach's Decision) that he received; one on February 28, 2009 against the Miami Heat and a second on March 10, 2009 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
2009 NBA OffseasonEdit
On the 2009 draft day, Richardson was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Darko Miličić. His stint at the Grizzlies only last three weeks before he was traded again to the team that drafted him, the Los Angeles Clippers, in exchange for Zach Randolph. His second stint with the Clippers only lasted for three days. On July 20, 2009, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Sebastian Telfair, Mark Madsen, and Craig Smith.
Miami Heat (2009–2010)Edit
Orlando Magic (2010–2012)Edit
In 2010, he signed with the Orlando Magic. He remained with the team until October 2012, when he was waived.
Return To New York Knicks (2013)Edit
On April 16, 2013, Richardson signed with the New York Knicks for the remainder of the season, joining that team for a second time. He only played one regular season game, scoring five points in twenty nine minutes on 1 for 11 shooting, but brought down ten rebounds. He did appear in five playoff games, hitting two three-pointers in New York's 26-point blowout win of the Pacers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. They ended up being the last points of his NBA career.
2013 NBA offseasonEdit
On July 10, 2013, Richardson was part of a trade package to the Toronto Raptors, along with center Marcus Camby, forward Steve Novak, a first-round draft pick in 2016, and two second-round draft picks in 2014 and 2017, in exchange for forward Andrea Bargnani. On September 3, 2013, Richardson was waived by the Raptors.
On August 7, 2014, it was announced that Richardson was named the director of player development for the Detroit Pistons. Richardson's cousin, and best friend Dean, said, "Quentin aspires to be a head coach one day. We talk about it all the time."
He currently works for the FOX Orlando Magic broadcast team.
- IHSA State Championship, Whitney Young (1998)
- McDonald's All American (1998)
- Conference USA Player of the Year (1999)
- Conference USA Freshman of the Year (1999)
- USBWA National Freshman of the Year (1999)
- NBA All-Star Weekend Three-Point Shootout champion (2005)
- 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament
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|
In 1992, Richardson lost his mother to breast cancer, his grandmother to natural causes, and also his brother, Bernard, who was shot and killed in Chicago, aged 23. Another of Richardson's brothers, Lee Jr., was murdered on December 5, 2005, in Chicago during a robbery. Richardson has another older brother, Cedric, and one older sister Rochelle. Richardson is also the cousin of Multi-Entrepreneur Dean Richardson.
Richardson has appeared in multiple acting roles, most notably as himself in the 2002 film Van Wilder.
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- "Suns send first-round pick Robinson to Knicks". ESPN. June 29, 2005. Retrieved August 14, 2009.
- "Grizzlies acquire swingman Quentin Richardson from Knicks". NBA.com. June 29, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2009.
- "Clippers Acquire Quentin Richardson From Memphis in Exchange for Zach Randolph". NBA.com. July 17, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2009.
- "Timberwolves acquire Quentin Richardson from Clippers". NBA.com. July 20, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2009.
- "HEAT Acquire Quentin Richardson from Minnesota". NBA.com. August 14, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2009.
- Raskin, Alex (April 16, 2013). "Quentin Richardson rejoins Knicks". NJ.com. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
- "Knicks Ink Quentin Richardson". Knicksnow.com. April 16, 2013. Archived from the original on April 18, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- "Raptors Acquire Three Players, Three Picks From Knicks". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014.
- "Raptors Waive Quentin Richardson". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 3, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
- "Detroit Pistons Add to Coaching and Basketball Operations Staffs". Detroit Pistons. August 7, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
- Richardson's brother shot, killed in Chicago. ESPN.
- Brother of Knicks' Richardson murdered. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
- Brandy breaks off engagement to Quentin Richardson, morphs tattoo. RealityTVWorld.com.