John Lucas III
Lucas with the Raptors in March 2013
|Born||November 21, 1982|
|Listed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Listed weight||166 lb (75 kg)|
|High school||Bellaire (Bellaire, Texas)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|Number||15, 5, 9, 11|
|2016||Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|2016||Piratas de Quebradillas|
|2017–2019||Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
John Harding Lucas III (born November 21, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player who was last a player development coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Baylor and Oklahoma State.
Born in Washington, D.C. to former NBA player and coach John Lucas II and his wife DeEdgra, Lucas lived in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania for a time as a youth. Lucas was the starting point guard on the Bellaire High School basketball team and played alongside fellow future NBA players Emeka Okafor and Lawrence Roberts. Lucas has a younger brother, Jai.
He originally played collegiately at Baylor University, but transferred from there to Oklahoma State University in the wake of the 2003 Baylor basketball scandal. Lucas is noted for his winning shot against the Saint Joseph's University team that sent the 2004 Oklahoma State Cowboys to the NCAA Final Four.
After going undrafted in the 2005 NBA draft, Lucas joined the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2005 NBA Summer League. The Timberwolves also signed him to their training camp roster. During the 2005–06 NBA season, Lucas was called up by the Houston Rockets from the Tulsa 66ers in December 2005. He played 13 games for the Rockets between December and February. Lucas's call-up made him the first Tulsa 66ers player to be called up from the NBA Development League. He averaged 16.6 points in 33.2 mins per game with the 66ers.
On July 28, 2006, Lucas signed with the Rockets to a three-year contract. In the 2006–07 season, Lucas and the Rockets made it to the playoffs, where they lost to the Utah Jazz in the first round, in 7 games. On October 30, 2007, Lucas was one of four players cut from the Rockets' roster, prior to the commencement of the 2007–08 season.
He subsequently returned to Italian basketball, joining Benetton Treviso in January 2008. He was then later released by Treviso in March. Lucas was signed by the Oklahoma City Thunder in September 2008 but was released by them in November before playing in any NBA games for them. In February 2009, he signed with the Colorado 14ers and helped them go on to win the 2008–09 D-League championship. On April 27, 2009, Lucas signed with TAU Cerámica of the Spanish ACB League for the remainder of the season.
Lucas played in the 2009 NBA preseason for the Miami Heat. He played four games and averaged 7.0 points, 2.3 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game. On October 23, 2009, Lucas was waived by the Heat.
Lucas spent the 2010 NBA preseason with the Chicago Bulls but was waived on October 21. The Bulls re-signed him on November 26. In his debut for the Bulls, Lucas missed two critical free throws in the final seconds of a 98–97 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He was waived on January 4, 2011, and signed with the Shanghai Sharks in China. After his 2-month China stint, he returned to America and re-signed with the Bulls on March 20, 2011. On January 11, 2012, Lucas received his first-ever NBA start and achieved a career-high of 25 points, leading the Bulls in a 78–64 win over the Washington Wizards. He also played 45 minutes, made 11 of 28 field goal attempts, and had 8 assists and 8 rebounds (all career-highs).
On March 14, 2012, the Bulls hosted the Miami Heat. The Bulls were missing Derrick Rose, who was out due to a groin injury. Lucas scored 24 points and led the Chicago Bulls to a 106–102 victory over the Miami Heat.
On July 22, 2014, Lucas was traded, along with Erik Murphy and Malcolm Thomas, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Carrick Felix, a 2015 second round draft pick and cash considerations. On September 25, 2014, he was traded, along with Erik Murphy, Dwight Powell, Malcolm Thomas and the Cavaliers' 2016 and 2017 second-round picks, to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Keith Bogans and two future second-round picks. Four days later, he was waived by the Celtics.
On October 21, 2014, Lucas signed with the Washington Wizards. Four days later, he was waived by the Wizards. On November 21, 2014, he signed with the Fujian Sturgeons for the rest of the 2014–15 CBA season. His final game for Fujian came on January 30, 2015 and left China having averaged 26.3 points, 7.0 assists and 4.6 rebounds over 28 games. On February 2, he signed a 10-day contract with the Detroit Pistons. On February 12, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Pistons. On February 25, he signed with the Pistons for the rest of the season.
On September 28, 2015, Lucas signed with the Miami Heat. However, he was later waived by the Heat on October 24 after appearing in one preseason game. On January 14, 2016, Lucas was acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. One day later, he made his debut in a 109–104 loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, recording 21 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and three steals in 32 minutes of action. On March 6, he was waived by the Mad Ants after averaging 17.7 points per game in 18 games. On March 17, he signed with Piratas de Quebradillas of the Puerto Rican League.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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- "Cavaliers Acquire John Lucas III, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy from Utah". NBA.com. July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
- "Boston Celtics Announce Roster Moves". NBA.com. September 25, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
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- "John Harding LUCAS III - Season 2014/2015". FIBA.com. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
- "Detroit Pistons Sign John Lucas III To A 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. February 2, 2015. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
- "Detroit Pistons Sign John Lucas III to Second 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. February 12, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
- "Detroit Pistons Sign John Lucas III For Remainder Of The Season". NBA.com. February 25, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- "HEAT Signs John Lucas III and Tre Kelley". NBA.com. September 28, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
- "HEAT Waive Five Players". NBA.com. October 24, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
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- "Skyforce Edge Mad Ants". NBA.com. January 16, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
- "Mad Ants Waive John Lucas III". OurSportsCentral.com. March 6, 2016. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "Quebradillas suma dos nuevos piratas". ElNuevoDia.com (in Spanish). March 17, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
- "TIMBERWOLVES ANNOUNCE 2016-17 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". NBA.com. September 26, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
- "TIMBERWOLVES WAIVE JOHN LUCAS III". NBA.com. January 7, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
- "TIMBERWOLVES ANNOUNCE COACHING STAFF ADDITIONS". NBA.com. September 21, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017.