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Rashard Lewis
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Lewis at practice with the Heat in November 2013.
No. 7, 9
Position: Power Forward / Small Forward
League: NBA
Personal information
Full name: Rashard Quovon Lewis
Born: August 8, 1979 (1979-08-08) (age 44)
Pineville, Louisiana
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 10 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight: 235 lbs (107 kg)
National Basketball Association career
Debut: 1998 for the Seattle SuperSonics
Final season: 2014 for the Miami Heat
Career information
High school: Alif Elsik High School
(Houston, Texas)
NBA Draft: 1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career: 19982014 (16 years)
Career history
19982007 Seattle SuperSonics
20072010 Orlando Magic
20102012 Washington Wizards
20122014 Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points: 15,579 (14.9 PPG)
Rebounds: 5,433 (5.2 RPG)
Assists: 1,765 (1.7 APG)
Steals: 1,115 (1.1 SPG)
Blocks: 541 (0.5 BPG)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball–Reference.com
Medals
Men's basketball
Representing the Flag of the United States United States
Goodwill Games
Olympic Gold Medal Gold 2001 Brisbane

Rashard Quovon Lewis (born August 8, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. Lewis entered the NBA directly from Alief Elsik High School. He rose to prominence in the NBA as a scorer with the Seattle SuperSonics, and was later a member of the Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards, and Miami Heat. He garnered two NBA All–Star selections, one with Seattle and another with Orlando. He won a championship in 2013 as a member of the Heat.

Early life[]

Lewis was born on August 8, 1979, in Pineville, Louisiana. He played high school at Alief Elsik in Houston, Texas. Rashard was recruited by colleges such as Florida State, Kansas, and Houston. However, Lewis decided to skip college and enter the NBA Draft. In 1998, he was named USA Mr. Basketball.

NBA career[]

Seattle Supersonics (1998–2007)[]

Lewis entered the 1998 NBA Draft. He was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics at the 32nd overall pick. He wore the number 7 for Seattle. At the time of his selection, he was the last player remaining in the "green room", where fifteen of the top draft prospects sit until their selection. He and teammate Ray Allen made Seattle a contender during the early 2000s.

In 2001, Lewis was selected to play for the United States Basketball Team in the Goodwill Games, in which they won the gold medal. On October 31, 2003, Lewis scored a career–high 50 points to lead the Seattle SuperSonics to a 124–105 win over the Los Angeles Clippers to close out a two–game series in Saitama, Japan. Lewis was named an All–Star in 2004–05. Lewis holds the SuperSonics' record for most three–pointers made, having passed Dale Ellis for second place on November 22, 2005, and Gary Payton for first place on March 13, 2007, when Lewis made his 918th three–pointer in a game against the Detroit Pistons.

Orlando Magic (2007–2010)[]

After playing his first nine seasons for the SuperSonics, Lewis agreed to a sign–and–trade 6 year $118 million contract deal on July 11, 2007. In his first season in Orlando, Lewis was moved from his usual Small Forward position to Power Forward. That year, he made 53 more three–pointers than he had in his career (173, 2004–05). During the playoffs, the Magic reached the second round, with Lewis contributing a 33–point performance against the Detroit Pistons in Orlando's only win of the series. Lewis was the Magic's top scorer in the playoffs and set personal records in points, rebounds, and assists.

Lewis started the 2008–09 season as the team's second leading scorer, earning an appearance in the 2009 NBA All-Star Game. In the 2009 NBA Playoffs, Lewis hit a game–winning shot in the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, what he called the biggest shot of his career. The Magic won the series in six games and advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995, where they were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. Over his career, Lewis holds an average of 16.1 points per game, with his career high of 22.4 points per game coming in 2006–07.

On August 6, 2009, Lewis was suspended without pay for the first ten games of the 2009–10 season after testing positive for a banned substance that he had taken during the 2008–09 season. He was tested for it during the 2009 Finals. The over–the–counter supplement he was taking contained Dehydroepiandrosterone which is frequently used to combat fatigue.

Washington Wizards (2010–2012)[]

Rashard Lewis Wizards

Lewis with the Wizards in January 2011.

On December 18, 2010, Lewis was traded to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Gilbert Arenas. In 60 games for the Wizards over two seasons, Lewis averaged 9.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game.

New Orleans Hornets (2012)[]

On June 20, 2012, Lewis was traded, along with the 46th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor. On June 30, 2012, the Hornets agreed to buyout terms with Lewis and waived him.

Miami Heat (2012–2014)[]

On July 11, 2012, Lewis signed a two–year deal with the Miami Heat. The move reunited him with former Seattle teammate Ray Allen. The Heat finished the 2012–13 season with a league–best 66–16 record. Lewis won his first NBA championship with the Heat's Finals series victory over the San Antonio Spurs in seven games.

Lewis earned rave reviews from Heat coach Erik Spoelstra for the way he defended in Game 3 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers, even though he finished without a single point, rebound, assist, or steal. Lewis worked his way into the starting lineup during the series, earning notoriety for helping the team despite a lack of impressive box score statistics in Games 3 and 4. In Game 5 of the series, Lewis started again, and scored 18 points on 6–of–9 shooting from behind the three–point line. In Game 6, Lewis started and scored 13 points as the Heat advanced to the NBA Finals. The Heat went on to lose the Finals to the Spurs in five games.

Dallas Mavericks (2014)[]

On July 19, 2014, Lewis signed with the Dallas Mavericks. However, just four days later, his contract was voided by the Mavericks after he failed his physical when it was discovered that his right knee required surgery.

BIG3 career[]

3 Headed Monsters (2017–present)[]

In 2017, Rashard joined the 3 Headed Monsters of the BIG3 basketball league, a team that included Hall of Famer Gary Payton as the head coach, and teammates such as Jason Williams, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, and Kwame Brown. The 3 Headed Monsters went 7–1, reaching the championship game, where they lost to undefeated Trilogy. Lewis was awarded MVP for the season.

NBA career statistics[]

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
 †  Won an NBA championship

Regular season[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 Seattle 20 7 7.3 .365 .167 .571 1.3 .2 .4 .1 2.4
1999–00 Seattle 82 8 19.2 .486 .333 .683 4.1 .9 .8 .4 8.2
2000–01 Seattle 78 78 34.9 .480 .432 .826 6.9 1.6 1.2 .6 14.8
2001–02 Seattle 71 70 36.4 .468 .389 .810 7.0 1.7 1.5 .6 16.8
2002–03 Seattle 77 77 39.5 .452 .346 .820 6.5 1.7 1.3 .5 18.1
2003–04 Seattle 80 80 36.6 .435 .376 .763 6.5 2.2 1.2 .7 17.8
2004–05 Seattle 71 71 38.0 .462 .400 .777 5.5 1.3 1.1 .9 20.5
2005–06 Seattle 78 77 36.9 .467 .384 .818 5.0 2.3 1.3 .6 20.1
2006–07 Seattle 60 60 39.1 .461 .390 .841 6.6 2.4 1.1 .7 22.4
2007–08 Orlando 81 81 38.0 .455 .409 .838 5.4 2.4 1.2 .5 18.2
2008–09 Orlando 79 79 36.2 .439 .397 .836 5.7 2.6 1.0 .6 17.7
2009–10 Orlando 72 72 32.9 .435 .397 .806 4.4 1.5 1.1 .4 14.1
2010–11 Orlando 25 25 32.4 .419 .367 .756 4.2 1.2 .9 .4 12.2
2010–11 Washington 32 27 31.7 .446 .347 .843 5.8 2.0 .9 .6 11.4
2011–12 Washington 28 15 26.0 .385 .239 .838 3.9 1.0 .8 .4 7.8
2012–13 Miami 55 9 14.4 .414 .389 .622 2.2 .5 .4 .3 5.2
2013–14 Miami 60 6 16.2 .415 .343 .788 1.8 1.0 .9 .1 4.5
Career 1,049 842 32 .452 .386 .805 5.2 1.7 1.1 .5 14.9
All–Star 2 0 17.5 .308 .167 .500 5.0 .5 .5 .0 5.0

Playoffs[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000 Seattle 5 5 31.4 .441 .474 .800 6.2 .6 1.0 .6 15.4
2002 Seattle 3 2 26.3 .375 .167 1.000 3.7 .7 .3 .0 12.7
2005 Seattle 8 8 39.0 .406 .200 .880 5.4 1.6 .4 .4 16.9
2008 Orlando 10 10 41.7 .436 .309 .821 7.2 3.4 1.1 .5 19.5
2009 Orlando 24 24 41.1 .448 .394 .784 6.4 2.9 1.0 .5 19.0
2010 Orlando 14 14 36.6 .462 .373 .800 5.6 2.3 1.1 .7 12.9
2013 Miami 11 0 4.3 .400 .000 .500 .6 .4 .2 .2 1.5
2014 Miami 18 8 17.7 .412 .373 .750 2.1 .3 .4 .3 5.3
Career 93 71 30.4 .436 .356 .818 4.7 1.8 .7 .5 12.8

See also[]

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