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Richard Jefferson

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Background

2015-16 SEASON:
Played in 74 games (five starts) with Cleveland…averaged 5.5 points on .458 shooting and 1.7 rebounds in 17.7 minutes…shot .382 from the three-point line…knocked down two three-pointers in 17 games, including seven games with at least three…scored in double figures 15 times…dished out a season-high four assists at Minnesota on Jan. 8…blocked a career-high tying four shots on Dec. 28 at Phoenix; pulled down a season-high tying six rebounds, to go along with 15 points on 4-5 (.800) shooting, including a 3-4 (.750) clip from beyond the arc, and one steal in 25 minutes at Oklahoma City on Feb. 21…poured in a season-high 20 points on 7-10 (.700) shooting from the floor, including a 3-4 (.750) mark from deep, four rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes at Miami on March 19…led or tied for the team lead in steals nine times, blocks four times, rebounds once and points once…was a DNP-CD eight times.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER:
Has played in 1,082 games (796 starts) with New Jersey, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Golden State, Utah, Denver and Cleveland…owns career averages of 13.3 points on .464 shooting from the field, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 30.1 minutes per game…played in 74 games (18 starts) with the Dallas Mavericks in 2014-15...averaged 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game…shot .444 (144-324 FGs) from the field and .426% (66-155 3FGs) from three-point range…as a starter, averaged 10.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 27.4 minutes…posted two double-doubles (both point/rebound)…scored in double figures on 20 occasions…in his first start of the season, recorded a double-double of 13 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in 35 minutes against Golden State on Dec. 13…his second double-double came after tallying 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes vs. Charlotte on Feb. 22…appeared in his 1,000th career game at San Antonio on March 27; became the 113th player in NBA history to reach the milestone…tallied a season-high 24 points (8-15 FGs, 4-8 3FGs, 4-4 FTs) to go along with four rebounds in 31 minutes at Denver on April 10…left the game versus San Antonio on March 24 in the first half with back spasms and did not return…recorded seven DNP-CDs…was placed on the Inactive list one time…during the 2013-14 season, averaged 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 27.0 minutes in 82 games (78 starts) with Utah…shot 45.0% (294-654 FGs) from the field, 40.9% (123-301 3FGs) from 3-point range and 74.1% (120-162 FTs) from the line…among NBA leaders, ranked 14th in 3FG%...shot .400+ from 3-point range for the 3rd time in the last 4 seasons…was the only Utah player to appear in all 82 games in 2013-14…had 41 games with 10+ points…career-high-tying five steals at Boston on Nov. 6…had a season-high 22 points (7-11 FGs) to go with four assists vs. New Orleans on Nov. 13…in the 2012-13 season, averaged 3.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 10.1 minutes in 56 games (one start) for Golden State…tallied a season-high 11 points at New Orleans on Jan. 19…recorded 19 DNP-CDs…missed seven games due to a right calf strain (11/19-12/3/12)…in 2011-12, averaged 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 27.7 minutes in 63 games (44 starts) with San Antonio and Golden State…among NBA leaders, ranked T-12th in the NBA in 3FG% (.420), hitting over 40% of his shots from three-point range for the second consecutive season after not doing so in any of his first nine years in the league…had 26 games with 10+ points...in 41 games (all starts) with San Antonio, averaged 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 28.5 minutes…recorded one DNP-CD (4/26/12)…missed two games with a right knee injury (4/14-4/16/12)…during the 2010-11 campaign, averaged 11.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 30.4 minutes in 81 games (81 starts) with the Spurs…shot 47.4% (304-642 FGs) from the field, 44.0% (135-307 3FGs) from 3-point range and 75.9% (148-195 FTs) from the line…among NBA leaders, ranked T-4th in 3FG%…posted four games with 20+ points…50 games with 10+ points…led the Spurs in scoring four times, rebounds four times, steals five times and blocks 11 times…had a season-high 28 points in 34 minutes at Phoenix on Nov. 3…during the 2009-10 season with San Antonio, averaged 12.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 31.1 minutes in 81 games (70 starts)…shot 46.7% (362-775 FGs) from the field and 73.5% (211-287 FTs) from the line…led the team in scoring 10 times, rebounds five times, assists three times, steals 14 times and blocks 18 times…notched two double-doubles…had eight games with 20+ points…54 games with 10+ points…season-high 29 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists in 41 minutes vs. Dallas on Nov. 11…in 2008-09, started all 82 games for Milwaukee, averaging 19.6 points (22nd in NBA), 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 35.8 minutes...shot 43.9% (537-1,222 FGs) from the field, 39.7% (116-292 3FGs) from three-point range and 80.5% (417-518 FTs) from the line…ended the season with a streak of 185 consecutive games played…appeared in his 500th career game vs. Boston on Nov. 15…led MIL in scoring a team-high 35 times…77 games with 10+ points…scored a season-high 35 points twice: vs. Golden State on March 7 and vs. Oklahoma City on April 11…in 2007-08, started all 82 games for New Jersey, averaging 22.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 39.0 minutes...shot 46.6% (619-1,328 FGs) from the field, 36.2% (77-213 3FGs) from 3-point range and 79.8% (542-679 FTs) from the line…among NBA leaders, ranked 9th in scoring and 6th in FTM (542)...set Nets single-season franchise records for total minutes (3,200) and FTM…led NJ in scoring 43 times (including 13 of the team’s first 14 games)…during the 2006-07 season, averaged 16.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 35.6 minutes in 55 games (53 starts)…shot 45.6% (303-665 FGs) from the field, 35.9% (52-145 3FGs) from 3-point range and 79.8% (542-679 FTs) from the line…season-high 35 points at Washington on April 10…missed a total of 27 games due to injury: five games due to a sprained left ankle (11/12–11/18/06), one game due to a sore right ankle (12/15/06) and 21 games after having surgery to remove loose bodies from his right ankle…in 2005-06, averaged 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 39.2 minutes in 78 games (78 starts)…shot 49.3% (495-1,005 FGs) from the field and 81.2% (471-580 FTs) from the line…led the team in minutes, while ranking 2nd on the team in scoring and 3rd in assists…posted 20 double-doubles…season-high 40 points to go along with 11 rebounds vs. Charlotte on April 6...in 2004-05, despite appearing in only 33 games (all starts), averaged 22.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 41.1 minutes…shot a career-high 84.4% (227-269 FTs) from the FT line…scored a career-high 42 points vs. CLE (12/12/04)...suffered a season-ending ruptured ligament in his left wrist (1/11/05)…underwent surgery (1/20/05) and missed the remainder of the regular season…in 2003-04, started all 82 games, leading the Nets in scoring (18.5 ppg) and minutes (38.2), while ranking 2nd on the team in rebounds (5.7)…shot 49.8% (555-1,115 FGs) from the field and 76.3% (357-468 FTs) from the line…among NBA leaders, ranked 12th in FG%…named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week (4/5/04) after averaging 22.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists in four games with Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin out of the lineup…in 2002-03, averaged 15.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 36.0 minutes in 80 games (all starts) for New Jersey...shot career-high 50.1% (456-911 FGs) from the field…named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week (3/31/03) after averaging 26.3 points and 5.3 rebounds during a week in which the Nets went 3-0…first career triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in 47 minutes at Houston on March 31…scored 21 points as a member of the Sophomore Team in the Rookie Challenge at the 2003 All-Star Weekend…also finished 4th in the Slam Dunk Contest…in 2001-02, averaged 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 24.3 minutes in 79 games (9 starts) while shooting 45.7% (270-591 FGs) from the field…finished 2nd in NBA Rookie of the Year voting (behind MEM’s Pau Gasol)…named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in January as well as earned a place on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team at season’s end.

PLAYOFF CAREER:
Holds playoff career averages of 11.6 points on .474 shooting from the field, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 29.0 minutes in 126 games (75 starts)…played in all 21 games (two starts) during Cleveland’s championship run in the 2016 Playoffs…averaged 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in 18.1 minutes…in the 2016 NBA Finals versus Golden State, averaged 5.7 points on .516 shooting, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 15.3 minutes…chipped in with nine points on 4-7 (.571) shooting, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 33 minutes during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on June 8…notched a 2016 Playoff-high 12 points on 4-6 (.667) shooting, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 26 minutes during Game 2 of The Finals on June 5…in four games (two starts) for Dallas in the 2015 Playoffs, averaged 3.8 points in 12.8 minutes…during the 2013 Playoffs, appeared in seven playoff games with Golden State and averaged 1.9 points and 1.0 rebound in 5.6 minutes…in the 2011 Playoffs with the Spurs, averaged 6.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 29.3 minutes in six games (all starts)…tallied 16 points (5-8 FGs) in a Game 2 win vs. Memphis on April 20…in the 2010 Playoffs, averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 33.4 minutes in 10 games (all starts) with the Spurs…had 19 points and seven rebounds in a Game 2 victory at Dallas on April 21…in the 2007 Playoffs, averaged 19.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in 12 games (all starts) while helping lead the Nets to the Eastern Conference Semifinals…had six games with 20+ points, including a 28-point, five-rebound performance in Game 1 of the first round series at Toronto on April 21…during the 2006 Playoffs, averaged a playoff career-high 22.2 points in 11 games (11 starts)…posted two games with 30+ points and five games with 20+ points…in the 2005 Playoffs, appeared in four playoff games (one start), averaging 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 35.0 minutes…in the 2004 Playoffs, averaged 19.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and a postseason career-high 41.8 minutes in 11 games (11 starts) for the Nets…playoff-high 31 points to go with 11 rebounds in a Game 5 win at Detroit on May 14…in the 2003 Playoffs, played in 20 playoff games (all starts), helping the Nets advance to their 2nd straight NBA Finals…averaged 14.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists…recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a Game 4 Finals win vs. San Antonio on June 11…as a rookie during the 2002 Playoffs, saw action in 20 playoff games…key reserve who averaged 7.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 22.1 minutes as the New Jersey Nets earned a trip to the NBA Finals where they eventually were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers.

NOTABLE:
NBA Champion (2016)…Eastern Conference Player of the Week three times (3/31/03, 4/5/04 and 12/13/04)…was a member of the bronze-medal winning USA Basketball Senior National Team that participated in the 2004 Olympics (Athens, Greece)… scored 21 points as a member of the Sophomore Team in the Rookie Challenge at the 2003 All-Star Weekend…also finished fourth in the Slam Dunk Contest…finished second in Rookie of the Year voting behind Memphis’ Pau Gasol and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2001-02.

PERSONAL:
Parents are non-denominational Christian missionaries…has two older brothers…traveled to Africa with parents on missionary work…Meekness LeCato, his mother, also received a Ph.D. in education…in addition to playing basketball, was a high jumper on his high school track team, recording a personal best jump of 6’10”…had his No. 44 jersey retired by Moon Valley High School (Phoenix, Ariz.) on 3/4/04…was inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Fame in February 2012…enjoys playing volleyball and yoga…aspires to having a broadcasting career following his playing days, and has done NCAA Tournament analysis work…held an assembly to tipoff the Dallas Mavericks Academic All-Stars Program.

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Height: 6'7''/ 2.01m
Weight: 233 lbs./ 105.7 kg
Born: June 21, 1980
From: University of Arizona
Draft: 1st Round (13th pick) 2001 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2001
Years Pro: 15
Previous Teams:
  Cleveland Cavaliers 2015 - 2015
  Dallas Mavericks 2014 - 2014
  Utah Jazz 2013 - 2013
  Golden State Warriors 2012 - 2013
  More Previous Teams
Prior to NBA/Country: Arizona/USA

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