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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
Personal information
Full name: Rashard Quovon Lewis
Born: August 8, 1979 (1979-08-08) (age 42)
Pineville, Louisiana
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png 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: 1998-2014 (16 years)
Career history
1998-2007 Seattle SuperSonics
2007-2010 Orlando Magic
2010-2012 Washington Wizards
2012-2014 Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
Men's basketball
Representing the Flag of the United States.png United States
Goodwill Games
Olympic Gold Medal.png 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.

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. Lewis was selected in his first All-Star Game in 2005. While Lewis played for Seattle, he made three playoff appearences.

Orlando Magic (2007-2010)

On July 11, 2007, Lewis agreed to a sign-and-trade 6 year $118 million contract deal. 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. 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 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)

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 San Antonio 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.

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