Jefferson won the NBA Finals in 2016 as a member of the Cavaliers.
Richard Jefferson announced his retirement from the NBA on Instagram on Saturday night, hanging up his sneakers after 17 seasons in the league. Jefferson played for eight teams in his career, winning the NBA Finals with the Cavaliers in 2016.
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Well here’s my first post! In the last month I’ve dealt with two life changing events back to back. My decision to move on from basketball and the tragic passing of Big Rich. The support of my family and friends have been huge. This video was taken after he bbq’d for about 20 people, something he would do a few times every summer. All I would do is tell people that I was having people over to my house and the next question was “Is Big Rich on the grill?” He really was a true OG. I’m going to miss all his one-liners, his cooking and his ability to make a whole room laugh. Until next time!!!! #RIPPLAYAPLAYA #tripleOG PAPA REALLY WAS A ROLLING STONE!!! 😂😂✊🏽
The Arizona product was drafted by the Nets with the No. 13 pick in 2001, making the All-Rookie second team. Jefferson spent seven seasons in New Jersey, then played for seven teams over the next 10 seasons.
Jefferson averaged 12.6 points per game in his career, peaking at 22.6 per game in 2007-08, his final season with the Nets. He shot 37.6% from three in 17 seasons.
Jefferson won his lone championship in 2015-16, serving as a reserve wing alongside LeBron James. He played over 25 minutes in Cleveland's Game 7 win over Golden State to clinch the franchise's first-ever title.