The Charlotte Bobcats acquired guard Jason Richardson and the draft rights to Jermareo Davidson from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Brandan Wright, whom the Bobcats selected with eighth pick in the 2007 NBA Draft Thursday night. Davidson was the 36th overall pick in the second round.
Richardson, a 6-6,225-pound guard from Michigan State, has spent his entire six-year NBA career with the Warriors, averaging 18.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 438 games. He was selected by the Warriors with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft and currently ranks first in Warriors history in three-point field goals made (700) and attempted (2001). He also became the first NBA player to win both the Rookie Challenge MVP and Slam Dunk contest in 2001.
After averaging 14.4 points as a rookie, he improved his scoring average in each of the last four seasons, becoming just the fifth player in NBA history to improve his scoring average for four straight seasons, joining Karl Malone, Stephon Marbury, Billy Cunningham and Jack Twyman.
Richardson averaged 16.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 51 games this past season. In the first round of the 2007 NBA playoffs, he led the Warriors to an upset series win over the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks, averaging 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He also connected on .341 from three-point range. Richardson continued his stellar play in the second round of the playoffs averaging 18.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and connecting on .368 from beyond the arc in five games versus the Utah Jazz.
Davidson, a 6-10, 230-pound forward played all four seasons at the University of Alabama, averaging 10.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 126 collegiate games. He was named All-Southeastern Conference Second Team in 2006-07 by the league’s coaches and Honorable Mention All-SEC by The Associated Press. As a senior, he ranked second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.0 points, ranked first in total blocks with 70, and ranked second in rebounding (8.2). He also reached double-figure scoring 25 times and posted 11 double-doubles on the season.
Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin: “We are very excited that we were able to get Brandan… We targeted him from the outset of the draft and we feel that with his athleticism, length and ability to block shots, he fits perfectly into our up-tempo style of play.”