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Richard Hamilton

 

Richard_Hamilton_Pistons  Richard Hamilton

 

Richard "Rip" Hamilton (born February 14, 1978) is an American basketball shooting guard with the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Hamilton has played for the Washington Wizards and the Detroit Pistons. A three time All-Star, Hamilton was an instrumental part of the Pistons' 2004 NBA championship, and their run of six straight Eastern Conference Finals appearances.

Career

College

Hamilton played college basketball at the University of Connecticut from 1996–99. He was named the 1999 NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player after UConn's run to that year's national title.

Detroit Pistons (2002-2011)

Hamilton was the 7th pick overall in the 1999 NBA Draft and played for the Washington Wizards for his first three seasons as a professional. Hamilton, Hubert Davis and Bobby Simmons were then traded to the Detroit Pistons for Jerry Stackhouse, Brian Cardinal and Ratko Varda. Since the trade, Hamilton has become one of the NBA's top shooting guards,[1] and was the leading scorer on the Pistons 2004 NBA Championship team.

Hamilton wears a plastic face mask due to numerous nose injuries.

Hamilton began wearing the clear plastic mask that would become his trademark during the 2003–2004 season. His nose had been broken twice that season (it happened once before in 2002) and Hamilton was advised to wear the mask the rest of his career or risk significant nasal reconstructive surgery. Wearing the mask on a nightly basis, Hamilton led the Pistons in scoring as they marched to the NBA title.[2] He has continued to wear the mask, calling it his "Superman cape."[3]

Hamilton is the only player in NBA history to lead his team in scoring in a game despite not making a single field goal. On January 6, 2005, Hamilton was 0-for-10 from the field, but hit 14-of-14 from the line to pace the Pistons in a 101–79 home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.[4]

On February 9, 2006, Hamilton earned his first selection to the 2006 NBA All-Star Game as a reserve guard for the Eastern Conference.

On December 27, 2006, Hamilton scored a career-high 51 points with 19-for-37 field goal shooting in a 151–145 triple-overtime Pistons loss to the New York Knicks, becoming the first opposing player since Michael Jordan to score over 50 points at Madison Square Garden.[5][6]

He represented the Eastern Conference for the second time at the 2007 NBA All-Star Game.

On February 17, 2008, Hamilton represented the Eastern Conference for the third consecutive season at the 2008 NBA All-Star Game. On February 6, Hamilton was selected to be a part of the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, held on February 16 during All Star Weekend in New Orleans. He was defeated, however, by defending champion Jason Kapono.

On May 13, 2008, Hamilton surpassed Isiah Thomas as the Pistons' all-time leading scorer in the playoffs.[7]

On November 3, 2008, Hamilton signed a three-year, $34 million contract extension with the Pistons. The first two years of the contract were guaranteed and the third was partially.

On February 7, 2009, Hamilton scored 38 points off the bench against the Milwaukee Bucks, the most by a Piston reserve in history.

On March 13, 2009, Hamilton posted a career-high 16 assists in a 99–95 overtime win against the Toronto Raptors.

Hamilton was waived by the Pistons on December 12, 2011.[8]

Chicago Bulls (2011-present)

Hamilton cleared waivers on December 14, 2011 and quickly signed a 3-year, 15 million dollar contract with the Chicago Bulls, with the third year being a team option.[9]

Career transactions

Media appearances

In the 2006–07 NBA season Hamilton appeared in the NBA Fundamentals series, hosted by TNT, where basketball players showcase certain aspects of the game. Hamilton explained the topic "moving without the ball" to shake off your defender. He was also a contestant on an episode of the game show series Wanna Bet?. He has also worked with many charities, including the Read to Achieve* program and reading books to children. As part of his long-time work with children, he has appeared on an episode of Disney Channel's "Imagination Movers". He helped the gang play basketball and learn a lesson of friendship.[13]

Player profile

Rip Hamilton is known[by whom?] as an extremely active offensive player, constantly moving without the ball and finding open shots off screens.

Personal

On October 31, 2007, Hamilton's girlfriend T. J. Lottie gave birth to Richard Clay Hamilton II.[14]

In April 2009, Hamilton filed a suit against former personal assistant and business manager Josh Nochimson, claiming that Nochimson stole over one million dollars by unauthorized use of Hamilton's credit card from 2003 to 2008.[15]

On July 11, 2009, Hamilton married girlfriend T. J. Lottie in Boca Raton, Florida. Special guests included Dwyane Wade, Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups, Michael Jordan, and many others.

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

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1999–00 Washington 71 12 19.3 .420 .364 .774 1.8 1.5 .4 .1 9.0
2000–01 Washington 78 42 32.3 .438 .274 .868 3.1 2.9 1.0 .1 18.1
2001–02 Washington 63 57 35.0 .435 .381 .890 3.4 2.7 .6 .2 20.0
2002–03 Detroit 82 82 32.2 .443 .269 .833 3.9 3.5 .8 .2 19.7
2003–04 Detroit 78 78 35.5 .455 .265 .868 3.6 4.0 1.3 .2 17.6
2004–05 Detroit 76 76 38.5 .440 .305 .858 3.9 4.9 1.0 .2 18.7
2005–06 Detroit 80 80 35.3 .491 .458 .845 3.2 3.4 .6 .2 20.1
2006–07 Detroit 75 75 36.8 .468 .341 .861 3.8 3.8 .8 .2 19.8
2007–08 Detroit 72 72 33.7 .484 .440 .833 3.3 4.2 1.0 .1 17.3
2008–09 Detroit 67 51 34.0 .447 .368 .848 3.1 4.4 .6 .1 18.3
2009–10 Detroit 46 46 33.7 .409 .297 .846 2.7 4.4 .6 .1 18.1
2010–11 Detroit 55 39 27.2 .429 .382 .849 2.3 3.1 .7 .1 14.1
2011–12 Chicago 28 28 24.9 .452 .370 .784 2.4 3.0 .4 .0 11.6
Career 871 738 32.7 .450 .348 .851 3.2 3.5 .8 .1 17.5
All-Star 3 0 15.3 .458 .500 .000 2.0 1.3 .0 .0 7.7

Playoffs

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2002–03 Detroit 22 22 38.8 .442 .333 .906 3.9 2.6 .8 .1 22.5
2003–04 Detroit 24 24 40.2 .447 .385 .848 4.6 4.2 1.2 .0 21.5
2004–05 Detroit 25 25 43.2 .453 .494 .798 4.3 4.3 3.8 2.1 20.0
2005–06 Detroit 18 18 38.3 .413 .450 .851 3.9 5.7 1.9 1.3 20.4
2006–07 Detroit 16 16 39.9 .429 .400 .865 4.3 6.8 3.9 .1 19.8
2007–08 Detroit 17 17 38.6 .470 .408 .911 4.2 3.9 1.4 .5 21.6
2008–09 Detroit 4 4 38.5 .356 .200 .900 2.8 5.0 1.2 1.2 14.3
2011-12 Chicago 6 6 28.5 .414 .333 .818 3.2 3.0 .2 .0 13.0
Career 131 131 39.5 .440 .337 .861 4.0 3.7 1.0 .2 20.2

 

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