Jason Richardson

Jason Richardson

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Jason Anthoney "J-Rich" Richardson (born January 20, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association.

A 6'6", 225 lb. shooting guard/small forward, Richardson was taken by the Golden State Warriors as the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft from Michigan State, earning the NBA Rookie Challenge MVP and All-Rookie Team First Team honors his debut season in the league.

He is regarded as one of the NBA's most demonstrative dunkers, winning the NBA Slam Dunk crown in 2002 and 2003, joining Michael Jordan and Nate Robinson as the competition's only back-to-back champions.

Early life and college

Born in Saginaw, Michigan, Richardson graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1999. Having led the Arthur Hill basketball team to the Class A championship game, Richardson was Mr. Basketball of Michigan and a McDonald's High School All-American in his senior year. In his freshman season with the Spartans basketball team at Michigan State University, Richardson averaged 5.1 points per game in 37 games (including three starts) and made 50.3% of attempted field goals.

Professional career

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors drafted Jason Richardson out of Michigan State with the 5th overall pick. While playing for Michigan State, Richardson, Mateen Cleaves, Charlie Bell, Morris Peterson and Dave Thomas won a Division 1 NCAA National...
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