Richard Jefferson recently announced his retirement from the game of basketball after 17 seasons. Jefferson announced his retirement with a post on Instagram while paying tribute to his father who passed away in a drive-by shooting. Jefferson played on eight different teams starting off with the New Jersey Nets and ending his career with the Denver Nuggets.

His start

Jefferson was drafted back in 2001 with pick No. 13 by the New Jersey Nets. In his seven-year tenure with the Nets, he averaged 17.4 points, 3.0 assists and 5.4 rebounds. He helped the Nets reach the NBA Finals in 2002 and again in 2003.

Jefferson would then play for the Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets. Jefferson was part of the Cavaliers team that won the NBA championship in 2016. He was a key role payer for the team. He considered retirement after winning the championship but changed his mind and re-signed with the Cavaliers that offseason.

For his career

In his career, Jefferson averaged 12.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

Jefferson has had a long, great career as he has been on many playoff teams and winning a championship. He will not be away from the game too long. Jefferson has signed on to the YES Network as an analyst with the Brooklyn Nets broadcasting team. He currently has podcast with former teammate and current Cavalier, Channing Frye, called the Road Trippin’ Podcast.

He will be greatly missed in the league but will be a great broadcaster.

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