rashard was considered a steal because he and everyone else thought he would go in the first round. the camera picked him up crying as he was being passed up--- especially by the rockets whom he said told him that they were going to take him for sure. obviously he interpreted it as a rejection and the emotions got to him.
rashard was the third pick in the second round in 1998
in 1998, taking a high school kid was still a gamble because you really didnt know how they would respond to th nba game. he had a very slight build and the question was if he could handle the small forward position in the league-- especially defensively.
it is clear that shard is having the last laugh on all the teams that passed him up. especially when he made the all star game two years ago
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some bio info:
Scored a career-high 50 points at L.A. Clippers (in Japan) on 10/31…Named NBA Player of the Week for the week ending 11/3 after averaging 37.5 points, 6 rebounds and 3.5 assists…Handed out a career-high eight assists at Washington on 1/17…Scored in double figures in 72 games…Scored 20+ points 31 times…Scored 30+ points six times…Led or co-led the team in scoring 28 times...Led or co-led the team in rebounding 26 times…Recorded six double-doubles…Not with team –-death in family at Utah on 11/28…Did not play 4/2 at San Antonio due to a left hip flexor strain and left knee contusion…Scored 5,000th career point at Memphis on 12/30…Grabbed 2000th career rebound on 11/29 vs. Houston…Selected on 1/22 to participate in the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout at NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.
Named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week on 11/18…Led team in total rebounds…Finished second on team in scoring averge and first in total points…Scored a career-high 37 points at Washington on 11/12…Grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds vs. Golden State on 1/28…Handed out a career-high-tying six assists vs. New Jersey on 12/1…Recorded a season-high five steals vs. New Orleans on 12/20…Scored in double-figures in 71 of 77 games played…Scored 20 or more points in 32 games…Grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 12 games…Recorded 11 double-doubles…Led co-led the team in scoring in 25 games…Led or co-led the team in rebounding in 21 games…Scored in double-figures in 28 straight games (1/7-3/5)…Had a streak of 35 consecutive free throws made spanning from 12/18 through 1/10…Passed Nate McMillan (298) for seventh place on the Sonics all-time list for three-point field goals made vs. Portland on 11/21…Passed Detlef Schrempf (340) for sixth place on the Sonics all-time three-point field goals made list vs. Portland on 3/11…Recorded a Sonics season-high and career-high for points in a half with 24 vs. Golden State on 3/15 in the first half.
Averaged 16.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.50 spg and 36.4 mpg...Led the team in rebounding...Finished second on the team in scoring...Played a career-high 54 minutes at Orlando on 11/5 (2OT)...Scored a career-high 36 points at Orlando on 11/5 (2OT)...Grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds at Orlando on 11/5 (2OT)...Recorded a career-high six steals vs. Portland on 2/20...Scored in double-figures in 62 of 71 games played...Scored 20 or more points in 21 games...Recorded 16 double-doubles...Led or co-led the team in scoring in 17 games...Led or co-led the team in rebounding in 26 games...Scored 2,000th career point vs. Phoenix on 11/13...Grabbed 1,000th career rebound at Dallas on 11/20...Blocked 100th career shot at Memphis on 1/6...Passed Dana Barros (274) for seventh place on the Sonics all-time list for three-point field goals made vs. Minnesota on 3/5...Fouled out in three games (vs. Utah on 11/3, at Detroit on 12/5 and vs. Chicago on 2/2)...Missed 11 games (strained left shoulder on 3/16 and a sprained left ankle from 3/29 to 4/17)...PLAYOFFS: Averaged 12.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 26.3 mpg in the first round against San Antonio...Did not play in Game 4 and Game 5 due to a partially dislocated left shoulder...Scored a playoff-high 19 points in Game 2 at San Antonio.
Finished ninth in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage with a mark of 43.2% (123-285)...Started all 78 games played...Scored in double-figures in 64 games...Scored 20 or more points in 17 games...Grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 11 games...Recorded eight double-doubles...Led the team in scoring in 10 games...Led or co-led the team in rebounding in 23 games...Led or co-led the team in assists in three games...Scored his 1,000th career point vs. Golden State on 12/3...Had streak of 22 consecutive games in which he scored in double-figures snapped vs. Houston on 12/9...Grabbed his 500th career rebound vs. Orlando on 12/12...Selected as one of eight competitors for the 1-800-CALL-ATT Three-Point Shootout, held on NBA All-Star 2001 Saturday Night at MCI Center in Washington, D.C. on 2/10 and finished sixth with 12 points.
Tallied 22 points and 13 rebounds in a 119-112 OT win at Sacramento on 4/18...Logged 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 119-116 loss to Houston on 4/7...Posted 20 points and 8 rebounds in a 123-108 win over Sacramento on 3/31...Netted 28 points and snared 11 rebounds in a 99-97 loss to Toronto on 3/12...Scored 21 points (4-6 3-FG) in a 127-91 victory over Orlando on 2/22...Logged career-highs with 30 points and 12 rebounds in a 117-106 win in Dallas on 2/9...Posted 21 points and 8 rebounds in a 105-93 loss in Phoenix on 2/6...Notched 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in a 100-95 OT win at Golden State on 1/9...Tallied 11 points and 7 rebounds in a 98-93 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on 11/26.
On the injured list from 4/27 to 5/5 due to a lumbar back strain...Made his first career start, posting 8 points and 5 rebounds, in a 105-92 win over the Denver Nuggets on 2/13...Made his NBA debut, scoring 4 points in 4 minutes, in a 90-71 victory over the Sacramento Kings on 2/9.
Elected to turn pro after his senior year in high school and was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft...Selected to the All-USA First Team by USA Today and national Player of the Year by Parade magazine after averaging 28.2 ppg and 12.4 rpg as a senior at Alief Elsik High School in Texas... MVP of the 1998 Magic Johnson Roundball Classic in which he scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds...Scored 17 points in the McDonald's All-America Game and 18 points in the Hoops Summit Game, two other postseason events.
# Full name is Rashard Quovon Lewis
# His twin sister, Kristen, also played basketball at Alief Elsik H.S.
# Nicknames include "Young Fella", "Sweet Lew", "Quiet Man", "Ice" and "Rod"
# Threw out first pitch at the Mariners vs. Red Sox game on August 1, 2000
# Listens to artists from No Limit Records
# Enjoys watching movies and spending time with his family
# Names Scottie Pippen and Grant Hill as his favorite players
# Would like to someday visit Cancun, Mexico
# SUPERSONICS.COM: Lewis Young Fella No More