Rodney Ray Rogers (born June 20, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for several teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Rogers played two years for Denver, spending his rookie year primarily as a bench player for a team which was the first 8th-ranked team in NBA Playoffs history to beat a first-seeded team, the Seattle SuperSonics. Rogers had one significant game in his rookie year, against the Utah Jazz on February 8, 1994. Near the end of the game, Rogers hit three 3-pointers in a span of nine seconds to bring the Nuggets from a 94-86 deficit to a 95-94 lead. However, Jeff Malone hit a jumper with 12 seconds remaining to give the Jazz the 96-95 win.
Rogers became a starter his second season, in large part due to frequent injuries suffered by LaPhonso Ellis. On June 28, 1995, Rogers was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, with draft rights to guard Brent Barry, for the draft rights to forward Antonio McDyess and guard Randy Woods. He spent four years with the Clippers.
Rogers signed with the Phoenix Suns in 1999. He averaged 13.8 points per game coming off the bench and won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2000. The Suns entered the playoffs that year, but lost to the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers. Rogers remained with the Suns until February 2002, when he was traded to the Boston Celtics for Joe Johnson.
Rogers signed with the New Jersey Nets as a free agent on August 14, 2002, to fill a gap at power forward and give the team much-needed firepower off the bench. During his first year with the Nets he averaged 7 points per game as a bench player. The high point of his season was during a playoff game against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 24, 2003. After missing two free throws, Rogers came back on the next possession to hit the game-winning shot. The Nets won that series and went on to make the NBA Finals, where they lost to the San Antonio Spurs. Rogers saw more playing time the next year, mainly due to some frontcourt injuries, but the quality of his play had declined.
He signed with the New Orleans Hornets on August 3, 2004. He was injured for much of the early part of that season, but eventually became a team starter. On February 24, 2005, Rogers was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, along with injured forward Jamal Mashburn, for also-injured forward Glenn Robinson. He was primarily used as a backup forward for the 76ers.
Career highlights and awards
NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2000)
Consensus second-team All-American (1993)
ACC Player of the Year (1993)
2× First-team All-ACC (1992, 1993)
No. 54 retired by Wake Forest
Career NBA statistics
Points 9,468 (10.9 ppg)
Rebounds 3,881 (4.5 rpg)
Assists 1,722 (2.0 apg)
Gold medal – first place 1991 Sheffield National team