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Raef Andrew LaFrentz (born May 29, 1976, in Hampton, Iowamarker) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player who is currently a free agent.

LaFrentz is a power forward and occasionally plays at center. He is known for his perimeter shooting ability and his shot blocking ability.

Career

High school

Raef LaFrentz attended MFL MarMac High School located in Monona, Iowamarker. His father was an assistant coach on Raef's high school team. He was named to the USA Today All-USA 1st Team in 1994 and was a high school McDonald's All-American.

During the summer before his freshman year at Kansas, LaFrentz was selected to the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival North Team and averaged 11.8 ppg. and 6.8 rpg.

He was also a conference champion swimmer in high school.

College

LaFrentz played basketball at the University of Kansasmarker, finishing in 1998. He played with current Celtic Paul Pierce while at Kansas. He was a four-year starter and an All-American in his junior and senior seasons. In fact, he joined Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal as the only players in the 1990s to earn first team AP All-America honors twice.

Compiling career averages of 15.8 ppg. and 9.1 rpg., while shooting 55.5 percent from the floor overall, he concluded his career ranked second all-time at Kansas in points with 2,066 and rebounds with 1,186, and left trailing only Danny Manning in both categories.

Accumulating a record of 123–17 (87.9 winning percentage) over his four seasons, he was part of a senior class that won more games over a four-year period than any class in KU history.

Named by the A.P. in 1997 and 1998 the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, he was also tabbed All-Big 12 Conference first team by both the media and coaches his final two seasons.

LaFrentz became the first KU player to average a double-double in 27 years when as a senior he posted averages of 19.8 ppg. and 11.4 rpg. and led the Jayhawks to a 35–4 record.

NBA

The third overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 1998 NBA Draft, he averaged 13.8 ppg., 7.6 rpg. and 1.4 bpg. but played in just 12 games as a rookie and missed the majority of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee against Dallas on Feb. 25. Successfully returning from the torn ACL to start 80 of his 81 appearances in 1999–2000, he averaged 12.4 ppg., an NBA 25th best 7.9 rpg. and ranked eighth in the NBA in blocked shots averaging 2.2 bpg. In his third year (2000–01), he started 74 of the 78 games he played in and averaged 12.9 ppg., while ranking seventh in the league in blocks at 2.6 bpg., tied for 25th in rebounding with a 7.8 rpg. average, and tied for 27th in field goal percentage (career high .477).

He was traded by the Nuggets with Nick Van Exel, Avery Johnson, and Tariq Abdul-Wahad to the Dallas Mavericks for Juwan Howard, Donnell Harvey, Tim Hardaway and a 2002 first-round pick on February 21, 2002. He finished the 2001–02 season second in the NBA in blocked shots per game and became the first player in NBA history to record a combination of at least 200 blocked shots and 150 3-pointers in a season.

He played for the US national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.

The Celtics acquired him from the Dallas Mavericks, along with Chris Mills, Jiri Welsch and a first round draft choice, in exchange for Tony Delk and Antoine Walker on October 20, 2003. On June 28, 2006, the Boston Celtics traded LaFrentz, guard Dan Dickau, and the number seven pick in the 2006 NBA draft to the Portland Trail Blazers for center Theo Ratliff and guard Sebastian Telfair. The number 7 pick (Randy Foye) was later traded by the Blazers for the number 6 pick (Brandon Roy) in a draft day trade.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

1998–99
Denver
12 12 32.3 .457 .387 .750 7.6 .7 .8 1.4 13.8
1999–00
Denver
81 80 30.1 .446 .328 .686 7.9 1.2 .5 2.2 12.4
2000–01
Denver
78 74 31.5 .477 .367 .698 7.8 1.4 .5 2.6 12.9
2001–02
Denver
51 51 32.7 .466 .434 .667 7.4 1.2 .6 3.0 14.9
2001–02
Dallas
27 25 29.1 .437 .305 .761 7.4 1.1 .9 2.2 10.8
2002–03
Dallas
69 43 23.3 .518 .405 .682 4.8 .8 .5 1.3 9.3
2003–04
Boston
17 1 19.3 .460 .200 .769 4.6 1.4 .5 .8 7.8
2004–05
Boston
80 80 27.5 .496 .364 .811 6.9 1.2 .5 1.2 11.1
2005–06
Boston
82 63 24.8 .431 .392 .680 5.0 1.4 .3 .9 7.8
2006–07
Portland
27 9 13.0 .382 .087 .769 2.6 .3 .3 .4 3.7
2007–08
Portland
39 0 7.5 .443 .000 .579 1.7 .2 .3 .4 1.7
Career
563 438 25.8 .466 .363 .711 6.1 1.1 .5 1.6 10.1

Playoffs

2001–02
Dallas
8 8 30.6 .500 .333 .545 7.6 .6 .2 2.8 11.3
2002–03
Dallas
20 16 24.6 .433 .200 .842 4.4 .3 .6 2.2 8.0
2004–05
Boston
7 7 26.4 .390 .500 .800 4.9 1.1 .9 1.7 6.9
Career
35 31 26.3 .446 .297 .750 5.2 .5 .5 2.2 8.5

See also



References

  1. 2002 USA Basketball
  2. Raef LaFrentz NBA Basketball at CBSSports.com


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