6. Richard Jefferson

6. Richard Jefferson

Arriving to New Jersey as a draft day trade. Richard Jefferson would become an integral part of the Nets back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.  The Small Forward would gradually grow his skills and at one time he was among the best mid-range shooters in the NBA.  Jefferson would twice go over 22 Points per Game (2004-05 & 2007-08) and over his seven seasons as a Net he had a PPG of 17.4.  While he was never an All Star, a case can be made that he is one of the best players ever who was never chosen for it. 

Jefferson would later win the NBA Championship in a minor role with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Acquired: Traded from the Houston Rockets with Brandon Armstrong and Jason Collins for Eddie Griffin 12/17/04.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons 6/26/08.

  • Games Played: 489
  • Per Game Averages: 35.8 MP, .498 eFG%, .727 FT%, 17.4 PTS, 5.4 RB, 3.0 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.4 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 16.8 PER, .566 TS%, 13.5 VORP, 50.6 WS
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Second Team All-Rookie (2004)
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