Steven Michael Novak (born June 13, c. 1983) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is listed as 6’10”, 225 lbs. He played college basketball at Marquette University. Novak splits time at both small forward and power forward. He was the NBA regular season leader in three point percentage during the 2011–12 season.
On June 28, 2006, Novak was selected with the 32nd overall pick of the 2006 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets. He ended his rookie season (2006–07) with averages of 1.5 points and 0.7 rebounds in 5.5 minutes per game. He was not active on the Houston Rockets’ playoff roster.
During the 2007–08 season, Novak was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, an NBA Development League team. On December 16, 2007, the Rockets recalled him from the Development League, where he had spent a month.
On February 13, 2008, Novak scored a game winning 3-pointer vs. the Sacramento Kings to win the game 89–87 with 2.5 seconds left, keeping the Rockets’ historic 22-game winning streak alive. It was his only basket of the game.
On February 19, 2015, Novak was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a three-team deal that also involved the Detroit Pistons.
On February 18, 2016, Novak was traded, along with D. J. Augustin, two second-round picks and cash considerations, to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Randy Foye. He was waived by the Nuggets the next day.
On February 22, 2016, Novak signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. He appeared in three games for the Bucks before a left knee injury suffered on February 27 against the Detroit Pistons ruled him out for the rest of the season.
On August 29, 2016, Novak re-signed with the Bucks.
Career highlights and awards
First-team All-Big East (2006)
C-USA Sixth Man of the Year (2003)
C-USA All-Freshman Team (2003)