- Lafayette Lever
infobox NBA Player
name = Lafayette Lever
Point guard/ shooting guard
height_ft = 6
height_in = 3
weight_lbs = 170
nickname = Fat
nationality = American
birth_date = birth date and age|1960|8|18
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
college = Arizona State
draft = 11th overall
draft_year = 1982
Portland Trail Blazers
career_start = 1982
career_end = 1993
former_teams = Portland Trail Blazers
Lafayette "Fat" Lever (born
August 18, 1960in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is a retired American professional basketballplayer in the NBA. He is currently the director of player development for the Sacramento Kings.
Originally selected by the
Portland Trail Blazersas the 11th pick in the 1982 NBA Draftout of Arizona State, Lever was considered one of the league's best point guards in the late 1980s while a member of the Denver Nuggets. Despite his size (6 feet 3 inches) he regularly led the Nuggets in rebounding. In 1987-88, he produced a memorable performance against the Chicago Bulls, with 31 points, 20 assists, 16 rebounds and 6 steals.
Lever was traded by the Nuggets to the
Dallas Mavericksin 1990 for the Mavs' #9 pick in the 1990 NBA Draftplus Dallas' first-round pick in the following one. The Nuggets subsequently traded the #9 pick and their own #15 pick to the Miami Heatfor 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 Dantleytrade) to the Washington Bullets along with Michael Adams, for the Bullets' first round pick in the 1991 Draft.
Lever did not play one second during the 1992-93 season due to injury, and finished his career in 1994, with career averages of 13.9 points, six rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.22 steals per game. He is also the Nuggets' franchise leader in all-time steals and second in career assists, and 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
Jason Kiddand Wilt Chamberlain). 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.
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