Jason Anthoney Richardson (born January 20, 1981) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Richardson was taken by the Golden State Warriors as the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft after playing college basketball for Michigan State University. He won the NBA Dunk Contest in both 2002 and 2003, becoming the second of four players, after Michael Jordan, to win the competition back-to-back. Other back-to-back winners include both Nate Robinson and Zach LaVine. After playing 6 seasons with Golden State, Richardson has also played for the Charlotte Bobcats (now Charlotte Hornets), Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, and the Philadelphia 76ers.
On June 28, 2007, Richardson was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats along with the draft rights to 36th pick Jermareo Davidson for the draft rights to eighth pick Brandan Wright. Richardson began to gain attention with the Bobcats when he led the team to a road win against the Boston Celtics after scoring 34 points. This was only the Celtics’ fourth loss of the season and second loss at home. It was also the Bobcats’ second road win of the season, ending an 11-game road losing streak.
On December 10, 2008, Richardson was traded along with Jared Dudley, and a 2010 second-round pick to the Phoenix Suns for Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and Sean Singletary. The Suns dealt for Richardson, as they were looking for another backcourt scorer to take pressure off of Steve Nash.
On December 18, 2010, Richardson was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Hedo Türkoğlu and Earl Clark for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickaël Piétrus, a 2011 first-round draft pick and $3 million cash. In December 2011, Richardson agreed to a four-year, $25 million contract to remain in Orlando. The Magic made the playoffs in Richardson’s first year with the team, losing in the first round to the Atlanta Hawks.
On August 10, 2012, Richardson was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team deal which sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. He managed just 33 games in 2012–13 before being ruled out for the rest of the season in January 2013 after undergoing surgery on his left knee, and subsequently sat out the entire 2013–14 season with the injury as well.
On August 18, 2015, Richardson signed with the Atlanta Hawks. However, less than a month later, Richardson began experiencing pain in his right knee, and an MRI revealed bone spurs. On September 23, 2015, he announced his retirement from the NBA, citing he feared that his ability to walk would be impaired for the rest of his life if he continued to play.
Career highlights and awards
2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (2002–2003)
NBA Rookie Challenge MVP (2003)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2002)
NCAA champion (2000)
Consensus second-team All-American (2001)
Points 14,644 (17.1 ppg)
Rebounds 4,245 (5.0 rpg)
Assists 2,284 (2.7 apg)