Rashard Lewis

Rashard Quovon Lewis (born August 8, 1979) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Despite being recruited by Florida State, Kansas and Houston, Lewis bypassed college and opted for the 1998 NBA draft, wherein he was selected by the Seattle Sonics with the third pick of the second round (32nd overall). At the time of his selection, he was the last player remaining in the “green room”, where fifteen of the top draft prospects sit until their selection.

Lewis has twice been named an All-Star, in the 2004–05 season and in 2008–09. In 2001, Lewis was selected to play for the USA in the Goodwill Games, in which they won the gold medal. On October 31, 2003, Lewis scored 50 points to pass Clyde Drexler (41 points) for the most points scored in a single game while playing in Japan. Lewis holds the SuperSonics’ record for most three-pointers made, having passed Dale Ellis for second place on November 22, 2005, and Gary Payton for first place on March 13, 2007, when Lewis made his 918th three-pointer in the first quarter of a game against the Detroit Pistons.

After playing his first nine seasons for the Seattle SuperSonics, Lewis joined the Orlando Magic, having agreed to a six-year sign-and-trade deal worth $118 million on July 11, 2007. On May 25, he had opted out of the last two years of the seven-year, $60 million deal he signed before the 2002–03 season. The final two years of his contract were worth a guaranteed $21 million.

On December 18, 2010, Lewis was traded to the Washington Wizards for Gilbert Arenas.

On June 20, 2012, Lewis, along with the 46th pick of the 2012 NBA draft (Darius Miller), was acquired by the New Orleans Hornets in a trade that sent Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor to the Wizards.

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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Men’s basketball
Competitor for United States Goodwill Games
Gold medal – first place 2001 Brisbane National team

Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (2013)
2× NBA All-Star (2005, 2009)
USA Mr. Basketball (1998)

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