Richard Jefferson2002-03 Playoff Stats: 20 G, 20 GS, 14.1 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.2 BPG, .476 FG%, .000 3P%, .718 FT%, 12.9 PER
Like Collins, Richard Jefferson went to the NBA Finals his first two years in the league and was on the Nets from 2001-2008. Unlike Collins, Richard Jefferson has no twin and can run, jump and shoot the basketball (or could, at least). RJ had a solid tenure in Jersey, often making the roster of the “best players to never make an All-Star” squad, if such a team existed.
When the Nets sought to rebuild after parting ways with Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson and his sizeable contract became expendable in 2008. In one of the worst trades in Nets history, which would have made this list if I didn’t have half-asian nephews, Richard Jefferson was shipped off to Milwaukee in exchange for Bobby Simmons and Yi Jianlian on draft day 2008. Jefferson was initially upset with the trade, saying he wanted to be a Net for life, until the Milwakuee Bucks PR staff presumably got to him, and he insisted he wanted to play in Wisconsin.
After one season as a Buck, RJ again packed his bags and shipped off to the Alamo in a trade for basketball ninja Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas and Fabricio Oberto. After two and a half years on the Spurs, Luke Walton’s college roommate was traded to the Warriors in exchange for Stephen Jackson. RJ has struggled since leaving Jersey, with his numbers declining across the board in the five subsequent seasons.
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