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Richard Allen Jefferson (born June 21, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). He played college basketball with the Arizona Wildcats. Jefferson was drafted in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft
NBA draft
with the 13th overall pick, and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in his first season with the New Jersey Nets (now known as the Brooklyn Nets). He won an NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
in 2016. He was also a member of the United States national team that won a bronze medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics
2004 Summer Olympics
in Athens.

Contents

1 Early life 2 College career 3 Professional career

3.1 New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets
(2001–2008) 3.2 Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
(2008–2009) 3.3 San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
(2009–2012) 3.4 Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
(2012–2013) 3.5 Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
(2013–2014) 3.6 Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
(2014–2015) 3.7 Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
(2015–2017) 3.8 Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
(2017–present)

4 NBA career statistics

4.1 Regular season 4.2 Playoffs

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] 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.[1] College career[edit] Jefferson played college basketball at the University of Arizona, under Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson
Lute Olson
from 1998 to 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 being part of the Arizona team that advanced to the 2001 national championship game. Along the way, Jefferson was an all-Midwest Regional and all-Final Four selection.[2] He was inducted into the Pac-12 Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Honor during the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball
Basketball
Tournament, March 10, 2012.[3] Professional career[edit] New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets
(2001–2008)[edit] Jefferson played seven seasons with the New Jersey Nets
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
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
Detroit Pistons
guard Chauncey Billups
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.[4] 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
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.[5] 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
Milwaukee Bucks
(2008–2009)[edit] On June 26, 2008 Jefferson was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons.[6] 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.[7] San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
(2009–2012)[edit]

Jefferson with the Spurs in 2011

On June 23, 2009, Richard Jefferson
Richard Jefferson
was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas, and Fabricio Oberto.[8] 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
Golden State Warriors
(2012–2013)[edit] On March 15, 2012, the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
traded the newly acquired Stephen Jackson
Stephen Jackson
for Jefferson, along with a conditional first-round pick.[9] Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
(2013–2014)[edit] On July 5, 2013, the Warriors reportedly agreed to trade Jefferson, along with teammates Brandon Rush
Brandon Rush
and Andris Biedriņš, to the Utah Jazz.[10] The trade became official on July 10.[11] Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
(2014–2015)[edit] On July 21, 2014, Jefferson signed with the Dallas Mavericks.[12] Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
(2015–2017)[edit] On August 5, 2015, Jefferson signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[13] The Cavaliers finished the regular season with a 57–25 record and made it through to the 2016 NBA Finals
2016 NBA Finals
with a 12–2 playoff record. Jefferson started Game 3 of the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
in place of the injured Kevin Love. Jefferson gave the Cavaliers a 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.[14] 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. After initially considering retirement following the championship win, Jefferson re-signed with the Cavaliers on July 28, 2016,[15] reportedly on a two-year, $5 million contract.[16] The Cavaliers returned to the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
in 2017, but fell short in their quest for back-to-back titles, losing in five games to the Warriors. On October 14, 2017, Jefferson was traded, along with Kay Felder, two future second-round draft picks and cash considerations, to the Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
in exchange for the rights to Sergiy Gladyr
Sergiy Gladyr
and Dimitrios Agravanis.[17] He was immediately waived by the Hawks.[18] Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
(2017–present)[edit] On October 19, 2017, Jefferson signed a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Denver Nuggets.[19][20] 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
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

† NBA championship

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2001–02 New Jersey 79 9 24.3 .457 .232 .713 3.7 1.8 .8 .6 9.4

2002–03 New Jersey 80 80 36.0 .501 .250 .743 6.4 2.5 1.0 .6 15.5

2003–04 New Jersey 82 82 38.2 .498 .364 .763 5.7 3.8 1.1 .3 18.5

2004–05 New Jersey 33 33 41.1 .422 .337 .844 7.3 4.0 1.0 .5 22.2

2005–06 New Jersey 78 78 39.2 .493 .319 .812 6.8 3.8 .8 .2 19.5

2006–07 New Jersey 55 53 35.6 .456 .359 .733 4.4 2.7 .6 .1 16.3

2007–08 New Jersey 82 82 39.0 .466 .362 .798 4.2 3.1 .9 .3 22.6

2008–09 Milwaukee 82 82 35.8 .439 .397 .805 4.6 2.4 .8 .2 19.6

2009–10 San Antonio 81 70 31.1 .467 .316 .735 4.4 2.0 .6 .5 12.3

2010–11 San Antonio 81 81 30.4 .474 .440 .750 3.8 1.3 .5 .4 11.0

2011–12 San Antonio 41 41 28.5 .414 .421 .700 3.5 1.3 .6 .3 9.2

2011–12 Golden State 22 3 26.4 .420 .418 .686 3.5 1.5 .5 .3 9.0

2012–13 Golden State 56 1 10.1 .456 .311 .717 1.5 .6 .3 .1 3.1

2013–14 Utah 82 78 27.0 .450 .409 .741 2.7 1.6 .7 .2 10.1

2014–15 Dallas 74 18 16.8 .444 .426 .684 2.5 .8 .4 .1 5.8

2015–16† Cleveland 74 5 17.9 .458 .382 .667 1.7 .8 .4 .2 5.5

2016–17 Cleveland 79 13 20.4 .446 .333 .741 2.6 1.0 .3 .1 5.7

Career 1161 809 29.4 .464 .377 .768 4.0 2.1 .7 .3 12.8

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2002 New Jersey 20 0 22.1 .465 .000 .550 4.6 1.3 .6 .5 7.0

2003 New Jersey 20 20 35.6 .476 .000 .718 6.4 2.4 .8 .2 14.1

2004 New Jersey 11 11 41.8 .418 .273 .713 6.3 3.8 1.3 .7 19.8

2005 New Jersey 4 1 35.0 .400 .200 .677 5.5 2.3 .8 .0 15.8

2006 New Jersey 11 11 39.7 .545 .414 .825 4.1 4.1 .9 .4 22.2

2007 New Jersey 12 12 40.8 .482 .325 .924 5.6 2.3 .8 .4 19.7

2010 San Antonio 10 10 33.4 .486 .200 .758 5.3 1.8 .6 .6 9.4

2011 San Antonio 6 6 29.3 .387 .353 .818 4.2 .8 .5 .5 6.5

2013 Golden State 7 0 5.6 .444 .667 .333 1.0 .1 .1 .1 1.9

2015 Dallas 4 2 12.8 .357 .375 1.000 .5 .3 .5 .0 3.8

2016† Cleveland 20 2 17.8 .538 .393 .750 3.3 .7 .5 .1 5.6

2017 Cleveland 14 0 12.8 .421 .263 .643 1.8 .5 .1 .2 3.9

Career 140 75 27.4 .473 .325 .731 4.3 1.7 .6 .3 10.8

References[edit]

^ "ArizonaWildcats.com - University of Arizona Athletics". www.arizonawildcats.com.  ^ "ArizonaWildcats.com - University of Arizona Athletics". www.arizonawildcats.com.  ^ 2011-12 Hall of Honor Class Announced, Pac-12 Conference, February 7, 2012 ^ Eligon, John (13 September 2017). "Nets Will Lose Jefferson for 6 Weeks" – via www.nytimes.com.  ^ " Richard Jefferson
Richard Jefferson
Gymnasium". arizonawildcats.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2013.  ^ "Bucks acquire Richard Jefferson
Richard Jefferson
from New Jersey for Bobby Simmons and Yi Jianlian". THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS.  ^ "NBA.com Jefferson Says He Likes Trade to Milwaukee". www.nba.com.  ^ "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
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 Re-Sign Forward Richard Jefferson". NBA.com. July 28, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016.  ^ Fedor, Chris (July 28, 2016). "Cavs officially re-sign veteran Richard Jefferson". Cleveland.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016.  ^ "Cavaliers Complete Trade with Atlanta". NBA.com. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017.  ^ "Hawks Acquire Draft Picks and Cash Considerations From Cavs". NBA.com. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017.  ^ "Nuggets Sign Richard Jefferson". NBA.com. October 19, 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2017.  ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian (October 17, 2017). " Richard Jefferson
Richard Jefferson
agrees to one-year, $2.3M deal with Nuggets". ESPN. Retrieved October 19, 2017. 

External links[edit]

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National Basketball Association
portal

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Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com

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Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
current roster

00 Arthur 3 Craig (TW) 4 Millsap 5 Barton 10 Lyles 11 Morris (TW) 14 G. Harris 15 Jokić 20 Lydon 21 Chandler 22 Jefferson 24 Plumlee 25 Beasley 27 Murray 34 D. Harris 35 Faried 41 Hernangómez

Head coach: Malone Assistant coaches: Adelman Beckett Bowen Fernández Graham Nori Stojaković Unseld Weiss

Links to related articles

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2001 NBA draft

First round

Kwame Brown Tyson Chandler Pau Gasol Eddy Curry Jason Richardson Shane Battier Eddie Griffin DeSagana Diop Rodney White Joe Johnson Kedrick Brown Vladimir Radmanović Richard Jefferson Troy Murphy Steven Hunter Kirk Haston Michael Bradley Jason Collins Zach Randolph Brendan Haywood Joseph Forte Jeryl Sasser Brandon Armstrong Raül López Gerald Wallace Samuel Dalembert Jamaal Tinsley Tony Parker

Second round

Trenton Hassell Gilbert Arenas Omar Cook Will Solomon Terence Morris Brian Scalabrine Jeff Trepagnier Damone Brown Mehmet Okur Michael Wright Earl Watson Jamison Brewer Bobby Simmons Eric Chenowith Kyle Hill Sean Lampley Loren Woods Ousmane Cisse Antonis Fotsis Ken Johnson Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje Alton Ford Andre Hutson Jarron Collins Kenny Satterfield Maurice Jeffers Robertas Javtokas Alvin Jones Bryan Bracey

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United States squad – 2003 Tournament of the Americas
2003 Tournament of the Americas
– Gold medal

4 Iverson 5 Kidd 6 McGrady 7 O'Neal 8 Carter 9 Collison 10 Bibby 11 Martin 12 Allen 13 Duncan 14 Brand 15 Jefferson Coach: Brown

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United States men's basketball squad – 2004 Summer Olympics
2004 Summer Olympics
– Bronze medal

4 Iverson 5 Marbury 6 Wade 7 Boozer 8 Anthony 9 James 10 Okafor 11 Marion 12 Stoudemire 13 Duncan 14 Odom 15 Jefferson Coach: Brown

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Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
2015–16 NBA champions

0 Love 1 J. Jones 2 Irving 4 Shumpert 5 Smith 8 Dellavedova 9 Frye 12 McRae 13 Thompson 14 Kaun 20 Mozgov 23 James (Finals MVP) 24 Jefferson 30 Dah. Jones 52 Williams

Head coach Lue

Assistant coaches Brielmaier Boylan Drew Handy Longabardi Dam. Jones Posey Potapenko

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