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Richardson, Quentin
Background
THE TRADE: “Finally, I can do my thing once again,” said Quentin. “At first, I was surprised by the trade -- but now I can’t wait to go back to the style I love to play. I love to go down to the low post, use my power, use my versatility. . .I love to punish people down low, mess with them, cause all kinds of havoc, be nasty on the inside on smaller guys who can’t really handle me, then play inside out and use my versatility.”

AS A PROFESSIONAL: One of the game’s most proficient young backcourt artists, Quentin joins the Knicks for his sixth NBA campaign after playing a major role in Phoenix’ headline-making season in 2004-05. . .Has averaged 16.0 ppg over last two seasons after averaging 10.4 ppg in his first three. . .Joins Knicks following four seasons w/Clippers and one w/Phoenix. . .Tied for NBA lead with 226 3PT FG in 2004-05. . .Won Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout at 2005 All-Star Weekend in Denver (also participated in 2002 3PT event at Philadelphia). . .Finished third in balloting for NBA Sixth Man of the Year as a Clipper in 2001-02. . .Second on Clippers’ all-time career list with 364 3PT FGM (Eric Piatkowski 738). . .Owns one career 40+ scoring game (career high 44 points for Clippers vs. Nuggets, Dec 31, 2003). . .Has started 142 (of 144) games in the last two seasons. . .Ranked among the NBA’s top five guards in rebounding in both of last two seasons. . .Early Entry candidate following sophomore season at DePaul; Clippers’ first-round pick (18th overall) in 2000 NBA Draft.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT: Q needs 40 games played for 400 career, 10 3PT FGM for 600 career, 235 rebounds for 2,000 career, 16 blocks for 100 career and 462 points for 5,000 career.

2004-05 (Suns): In his lone season in Phoenix, Q played major role in Suns’ storybook year marked by NBA-best 62 wins, Pacific Division title and march to Western Conference Finals. . .Averaged 14.9 ppg (fifth on team), 6.1 rpg (fifth in NBA among guards), 2.0 apg and 1.22 spg over 35.9 mpg in 79 games (78 starts). . .Shot .389 from the field (407-1,045 FGA) and .358 from Downtown (226-631 3PT FGA). . .Led NBA in 3PT FGM (226), tied with Philadelphia’s Kyle Korver. . .Set Suns franchise record with 226 home runs, as Phoenix set NBA mark with 796 three-pointers. . .Also led NBA in 3PT attempts (631). . .Led Suns in scoring eight times, rebounding five times. . .Had 24 20+ scoring games, two 30+ games and eight double-doubles. . .Double-digit scoring in 59 of his 79 games. . .Season Highs: Points: 37 (Dec 5 at Portland); Assists: 6 (Feb 27 vs. Boston); Rebounds: 14 (Jan 5 at Houston). . .DOWNTOWN: Led NBA with 226 3PT FGM (tied w/Sixers’ Kyle Korver) and 631 3PT attempts. . .Established Suns franchise marks for 3PT FGM and 3PT FGA. . .Connected from Downtown in 65 of his 79 games. . .Had at least five 3PT FG in 17 games: Notched nine five-homer games, two six-homer games, four seven-homer games, one eight-homer game and canned a career-high and Suns record nine 3PT FG on Dec 29, 2004 at New Orleans. Also had 11 rebounds, recording the most three-pointers ever in NBA history for a player with 10+ boards. . .Set team record with 17 three-point attempts on Jan 4 at Minnesota (made four). . .Won Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout during 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend at Denver, making his final nine attempts to defeat Korver and Denver’s Voshon Lenard. . .KEY GAMES: Scored a season-high 37 points (12-19 FGA, 8-12 from Downtown, 5-5 FTA) at Portland, Dec 5. . .Hauled in season-best 14 rebounds (six offensive) at Houston, Jan 5. . .Logged career-high 50 minutes (11 pts) in OT loss to Spurs, Jan 21, 2005. . .Went 7-14 from Downtown (25 pts) in win over Knicks at MSG, Jan 25; 14 3PT attempts tied Knicks opponent record for a non-OT game. . .Led Suns with three game-winning shots: Dec 8 at Lakers, Dec 20 at Denver (tip-in at buzzer) and Feb 8 at Sacramento. . .INJURY BUG: Missed three games due to injury: one w/hyperextended left knee (March 5 vs. Blazers) and two w/sprained left ankle (April 12-15). . .IN THE PLAYOFFS: Started all 15 games as Suns drove to West Finals, with 11.9 ppg and 5.1 rpg with .403 shooting (62-154 FGA) over 37.6 mpg in career post-season debut. . .Went 32-82 (.390) from Downtown in the post-season. . .Double-figure scoring in 11 of 15 post-season games. . .Had three, four-homer games in the Playoffs. . .Scored a career post-season high 22 points (7-20 FGA, 4-11 from Downtown) in his first-ever Playoff game: Game One of first round vs. Grizzlies (April 24, 2005). . .Notched a double-double (11 pts, 13 reb) in clinching Game Six OT win over Mavs in Conference Semis (May 20, 2005).

YEAR-BY-YEAR: 2000-01 (Clippers): In rookie season, averaged 8.1 ppg and 3.4 rpg over 17.9 mpg in 76 games (28 starts) for Clippers. . .Shot a career-high .442 from the field (232-525 FGA). . .Ranked sixth among NBA rookies in both scoring (8.1) and in rebounding (3.4). . .Season-high 21 points at Phoenix, Dec 15, 2000. . .Led Clippers in scoring six times and had two 20+ scoring efforts. . .Scored team-high 20 points and grabbed game-high 14 rebounds as a starter in the 2001 Schick Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend in Washington. . .Missed three games due to injury/illness (one in Jan w/bruised left toe; two in March w/viral infection).

2001-02 (Clippers): Emerged as one of the leading candidates for NBA Sixth Man of the Year award, averaging 13.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg and .432 shooting in 26.6 mpg in 81 games off the bench. . . Finished third in NBA Sixth Man voting behind Detroit’s Corliss Williamson and Sacramento’s Bobby Jackson. . .Led Clippers in scoring 14 times off the bench (NBA high). . .Went 133-349 (.381) from Downtown, setting franchise record for 3PT attempts. . .Nailed 10 straight 3PT FGA from Nov 28–Dec 2, 2001. . .Notched 15 20+ scoring games and two 30+ games (season-high 31 points vs. Dallas, Jan 26, 2002). . .Had five double-doubles (pts-reb). . .Shot a career-high .765 from the line (143-187 FTA). . .Scored team-high 22 points and added nine rebounds for the Sophomore team in the 2002 ‘got milk?’ Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend in Philadelphia. . .Also participated in the 1-800 Call ATT Shootout (tied for fourth). . .Missed one game due to injury (sprained left foot in Feb).

2002-03 (Clippers): Notched 9.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg and shot career-low .372 from the field over 23.2 mpg in 59 games (13 starts) in injury-shortened season. . .Led Clippers in scoring twice and recorded six 20+ scoring games (season-high 24 points vs. Blazers, Dec 18, 2002). . .Missed a total of 22 games due to injury, including two stints on injured list (Nov 12-20 w/bruised right knee; April 12-end of season w/left patella contusion).

2003-04 (Clippers): In his first season as a full-time starter and final season as a Clipper, posted career highs in points (17.2 ppg), rebounds (6.2 rpg), assists (2.1 apg) and minutes (36.0 mpg) over 65 games (64 starts). . .One of only four NBA guards to average at least 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds (Tracy McGrady, Paul Pierce, Jason Richardson). . .Third on Clippers in scoring, second in rebounding. . .Led Clippers in scoring 14 times, rebounds 14 times. . .Notched 27 20+ scoring games, seven 30+ games and one 40+ game. . .Named Western Conference Player of the Week for period ending Nov 16, 2003 (27.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg, Clippers 3-0). . .Scored a career-high 44 points (17-30 FGA, 5-9 from Downtown, 5-7 FTA) vs. Denver on Dec. 31, 2003, the highest-scoring game for a Clipper since Charles Smith scored 52 pts at Denver, Dec 1, 1990. . .Hauled in career-best 16 rebounds on Nov 11, 2003 vs. Hawks. . .Connected for a Clippers franchise record eight 3PT FG vs. Boston, Feb 4, 2004 (tied NBA season high with eight home runs). . .Recorded career-high nine assists at Phoenix, April 13, 2004. . . Missed a total of 17 games due to injury, including 12 contests in season’s second half due to back spasms (injured list, March 28-April 7). . .Became a restricted free agent following the season. . .Signed an offer sheet w/Suns on July 14, 2004; officially became a Sun on July 29, 2004, when Clippers did not match offer sheet.

AS A COLLEGIAN: Averaged 17.9 ppg and 10.2 rpg in two seasons at DePaul. . .Only player in Blue Demons history to have 1,000+ points (1,147), 500+ rebounds (652) and 100+ 3PT FG (117). . .Second fastest-player in school history to reach 1,000-point mark (following Mark Aguirre). . .As a freshman in 1998-99, named Conference USA Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Rookie. . .Averaged 18.9 ppg and 10.5 rpg in 31 games as a freshman, seventh in the nation in rebounding. . .Voted National Freshman of the Year by the United States Basketball Association, The Sporting News and Basketball News. . .Scored college career high 33 points vs. NC-Wilmington on Nov 24, 1998. . .As a sophomore in 1999-2000, named Honorable Mention All-America by The Associated Press for the second straight season, averaging 17.0 ppg and 9.8 rpg in 33 games. . .Led Conference USA and was 11th in the nation in rebounding.
Personal

PERSONAL: Quentin L. Richardson. . .Nicknamed “Q”. . . Youngest of five children. . .Father Lee recently retired after working 37 years as a motorman for the Chicago Transit Authority. . .Mother Emma, a former high school basketball player who introduced her son to the sport, died of breast cancer in 1992. . .During an eight-month period when he was 12 years old, he lost a brother, his grandmother and his mother: Grandmother Ada died of natural causes, brother Bernard was shot and killed by robbers. . .Has two tattoos to honor their memory: on his left arm his mother’s initials appear beneath a halo on a banner wrapped around a coffin with an inscription that says, “This period of pain gives me the strength to succeed”; a cross on his back shows another banner, this one carrying the initials of his mother, grandmother and brother. . .Led Whitney Young High School to a 30-1 record and Chicago Public League Championship and Illinois Class AA state championship in 1997-98. . .Named 1998 Illinois Player of the Year by USA Today. . .Competed on the 1998 USA Basketball Men’s Junior Team that won the World Championship in 1998. . .Works on his game every summer at Hoops The Gym in Chicago with Tim Grover, Michael Jordan’s famed trainer. . .Famous for tapping his forehead with two clinched fists after each 3PT FG. . .Co-starred with former Clipper teammate Darius Miles in The Youngest Guns, a documentary feature film chronicling their first three NBA seasons. . .Was enrolled in College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at DePaul. . .Cousin Carlos Emmons is an NFL linebacker. . .Wants to become a broadcaster after his NBA playing career is over
Home Career Season & Totals Season Splits Game Logs Bio
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Chandler, Wilson POS:21 -Forward
Collins, Mardy POS:25 -Guard
Crawford, Jamal POS:11 -Guard
Curry, Eddy POS:34 -Center
James, Jerome POS:13 -Center
Jeffries, Jared POS:20 -Forward
Jones, Fred POS:2 -Guard
Lee, David POS:42 -Forward
Marbury, Stephon POS:3 -Guard
Morris, Randolph POS:33 -Center
Randolph, Zach POS:50 -Forward
Richardson, Quentin POS:23 -Forward-Guard
Robinson, Nate POS:4 -Guard
Rose, Malik POS:31 -Forward
 
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