Fat Lever

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Fat Lever
Personal information
Born (1960-08-18) August 18, 1960 (age 59)
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High schoolPueblo (Tucson, Arizona)
CollegeArizona State (1978–1982)
NBA draft1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career1982–1994
PositionPoint guard
Number12, 21
Career history
19821984Portland Trail Blazers
19841990Denver Nuggets
19901994Dallas Mavericks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points10,433 (13.9 ppg)
Rebounds4,523 (6.0 rpg)
Assists4,696 (6.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Lafayette "Fat" Lever (/ˈlvər/; born August 18, 1960) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association. He later served as the director of player development for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA.[1] as well as a color analyst for Kings radio broadcasts.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Portland Trail Blazers[edit]

Lever was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers as the 11th pick in the 1982 NBA draft out of Arizona State. While at ASU, his guard-tandem teammate was Byron Scott, who left school early (1983) to sign with the San Diego Clippers. In his debut, Lever recorded 9 points, 7 assist and 4 steals in a road loss over the Kansas City Kings. In January 20, Lever recorded his first career double-double as he puts up 14 points and 13 assists in a road loss over the Mavericks. Three days after, Lever recorded his second career double-double as he recorded 11 points and 10 assists in a road win over the Spurs. In March 20, Lever recorded a season-high 19 points to go along with 6 assists as the Trailblazers picks up the win over the Nuggets.

During his rookie season, Lever averaged 7.8 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, 5.3 assists per game and 1.9 steals per game.

Denver Nuggets[edit]

He was considered one of the NBA's best point guards in the late 1980s while playing for the Denver Nuggets.[3]

In his debut with the Nuggets, Lever recorded 14 points and 12 assists in a win over the Warriors. In November 6, Lever recorded a double-double of 24 points and 18 assists in a road win over the Lakers, the first time it happened in Nuggets history. In March 9 against the Pacers, Lever recorded his first career triple-double with 13 points, 15 assists and a career-high 10 steals. In April 10, Lever recorded a double-double of 26 points and 18 assists in a road loss against the LA Clippers. At that time, he joins Magic Johnson (in 1982-83) as the only players since the ABA-NBA merger to have at least 2 season games having recorded 24 points and 18 assists. [4]

In his first season with the Nuggets, Lever averaged 12.8 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, 7.5 assists per game and 2.5 steals per game.

Next season, Lever continued his impressive or stellar performance for the Nuggets. In November 12, 1985, Lever recorded his first 30-point double-double as he recorded 31 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds in a road loss to the Rockets.

Despite his size (6 feet 3 inches) he regularly led the Nuggets in rebounding. He is the Nuggets' all-time franchise leader in steals and was 2nd in career assists. He is one of only three players in NBA history to record 15 plus points, rebounds and assists in a single playoff game (the others being Wilt Chamberlain and Jason Kidd).

Dallas Mavericks[edit]

Lever was traded by the Nuggets to the Dallas Mavericks in 1990 for the Mavs' #9 pick in the 1990 NBA draft plus Dallas' first-round pick in the following one. The Nuggets subsequently traded the #9 pick and their own #15 pick to the Miami Heat for the Heat's #3 pick in the 1990 draft, with Denver sending the Mavs' 1991 first rounder (which was originally the Detroit Pistons' pick they acquired in the Mark Aguirre/Adrian Dantley trade) to the Washington Bullets along with Michael Adams, for the Bullets' first round pick in the 1991 Draft.

Lever sat out the entire 1992–93 season due to knee injury. He finished his career with the Mavericks in 1994 with career averages of 13.9 points, six rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.22 steals per game.

Career accomplishments[edit]

Among Lever's career achievements were making two NBA All-Star teams, an All-NBA Second Team in 1987, and an All-Defensive Second Team in 1988.

As of the end of the 2018-19 regular season, he ranks 8th on the all-time list of most triple-doubles in the regular season with 43 over 11 seasons, ahead of players like Michael Jordan (28), Clyde Drexler (25) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (21).

He ended his career as the Nuggets second leading assists leader, behind teammate Alex English, third in terms of rebounds, behind Issel and English.

On December 2, 2017, the Nuggets retired Lever's number 12 jersey during their home game against the Los Angeles Lakers, which they won 115–100.[5][6]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1982–83 Portland 81 45 24.9 .431 .333 .730 2.8 5.3 1.9 .2 7.8
1983–84 Portland 81 22 24.8 .447 .200 .743 2.7 4.6 1.7 .4 9.7
1984–85 Denver 82 82 31.2 .430 .250 .770 5.0 7.5 2.5 .4 12.8
1985–86 Denver 78 77 33.5 .441 .316 .725 5.4 7.5 2.3 .2 13.8
1986–87 Denver 82 82 37.2 .469 .239 .782 8.9 8.0 2.5 .4 18.9
1987–88 Denver 82 82 37.3 .473 .211 .785 8.1 7.8 2.7 .3 18.9
1988–89 Denver 71 71 38.7 .457 .348 .785 9.3 7.9 2.7 .3 19.8
1989–90 Denver 79 79 35.8 .443 .414 .804 9.3 6.5 2.1 .2 18.3
1990–91 Dallas 4 0 21.5 .391 .000 .786 3.8 3.0 1.5 .8 7.3
1991–92 Dallas 31 5 28.5 .387 .327 .750 5.2 3.5 1.5 .4 11.2
1993–94 Dallas 81 54 24.0 .408 .351 .765 3.5 2.6 2.0 .2 6.9
Career 752 599 31.7 .447 .310 .771 6.0 6.2 2.2 .3 13.9
All-Star 2 1 26.5 .519 .000 .875 3.5 2.5 1.0 .0 16.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1983 Portland 7 0 19.1 .452 .000 .800 2.0 4.4 1.0 .0 6.0
1984 Portland 5 0 15.0 .267 .667 .800 3.0 1.8 .8 .0 10.0
1985 Denver 11 8 31.1 .402 .000 .762 6.5 8.5 2.4 .2 13.3
1986 Denver 10 10 34.7 .450 .571 .708 4.8 5.3 2.0 .2 14.3
1987 Denver 3 3 33.0 .380 .250 .667 6.0 7.3 2.3 .0 15.3
1988 Denver 7 7 39.0 .459 .429 .788 9.3 7.0 1.9 .6 17.0
1989 Denver 2 2 29.0 .375 .667 1.000 6.5 9.5 2.0 .0 11.0
1990 Denver 3 3 37.7 .373 .143 .929 10.7 7.0 2.7 .3 17.3
Career 48 33 30.0 .414 .409 .775 5.8 6.2 1.9 .2 12.4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://sacramentokings.tumblr.com/post/9384816564/kings-director-of-player-development-fat-lever
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 14, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ NBA.com – Kings Hire Lafayette "Fat" Lever as Director of Player Development
  4. ^ "Player Game Finder". Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  5. ^ Dempsey, Christopher (December 2, 2017). "Fat Lever 'Overjoyed' by Jersey Retirement". NBA.com. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  6. ^ "Murray, Barton lead Nuggets over Lakers, 115-100". ESPN.com. December 2, 2017. Retrieved June 5, 2019. Denver retired Lafayette "Fat" Lever's No. 12 in a halftime ceremony.

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