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Encyclopedia > Nick Van Exel
Nick Van Exel
Position Point guard
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Born November 27, 1971 (1971-11-27) (age 36)
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Nationality American
College Cincinnati
Draft 37th overall, 1993
Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 1993–2006
Former teams Los Angeles Lakers (1993–98)
Denver Nuggets (1998–2001)
Dallas Mavericks (2001–03)
Golden State Warriors (2003–04)
Portland Trail Blazers (2004–05)
San Antonio Spurs (2005–06)

Nickey (Nick) Maxwell Van Exel (born November 27, 1971 in Kenosha, Wisconsin) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA. Van Exel, a 6'1" (1.85 m) left-handed point guard, was most well known for his flashy style of play and his ability to hit critical shots during games. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... Location of Kenosha within Wisconsin Coordinates: , Country State County Kenosha Settled 1836 Government  - Mayor John M. Antaramian Area  - City 24. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The University of Cincinnati is a coeducational public research university in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... The 1993 NBA Draft took place on 30 June 1993 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... Location of Kenosha within Wisconsin Coordinates: , Country State County Kenosha Settled 1836 Government  - Mayor John M. Antaramian Area  - City 24. ... This article is about the sport. ... NBA redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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College career

Van Exel played his college basketball at the University of Cincinnati.


In his senior year, Van Exel led the Bearcats in points (18.3 ppg) and assists (4.5 apg) Coach Bob Huggins incorporated Van Exel into the University of Cincinnati team gradually, giving him starter status in the final 20 games of the season. In these games Van Exel led the Bearcats to an 18-2 mark and an NCAA Final Four appearance. He earned Third Team All-America honors (AP, Basketball Times and Basketball Weekly) and was a finalist for the Wooden Award as a senior. In only two seasons he became Cincinnati's all-time leader in three-point field goals made (147), attempted (411) and percentage (.358). These records have since been surpassed. Bob Huggins (born September 21, 1953 in Morgantown, West Virginia[1]) is the head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers mens basketball team. ... The playoff term Final Four was originally popularized to refer to the final four teams in the NCAA Basketball Tournament; these are the champions of the tournaments four regional brackets, and the only teams remaining on the tournaments final weekend. ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... The John R. Wooden Award is an award given annually to outstanding mens and womens college basketball players. ...


NBA career

In a 13 year NBA career, Van Exel previous played for the San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers. The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


Van Exel's career began when was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round as the 37th overall pick of the 1993 NBA Draft. Van Exel and Eddie Jones were the centerpiece of the Lakers' "rebuilding" plan in the twilight of the "Showtime" era of the early '90s. Led by Van Exel's flashy play, the two guards helped the team to the playoffs in 1995 after the Lakers had missed the postseason for the first time in years in 1994. The 1993 NBA Draft took place on 30 June 1993 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. ... Eddie Charles Jones (born October 20, 1971 in Pompano Beach, Florida) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Dallas Mavericks. ... The Los Angeles Lakers franchise has a long and storied history, predating the formation of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 1995 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1994-1995 season. ...


During his career with the Lakers Van Exel averaged 14.9 points per game as well as 7.3 assists per game, finishing in the top ten in the NBA in that category twice. Van Exel reportedly experienced tensions with several teammates, including 1996 draftee Derek Fisher, as well as Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, who joined the Lakers in 1996, though his later trade is generally thought to be the result of a major conflict with then-head coach Del Harris. It has been widely recognized that Harris receiving the 1994-1995 Coach of the Year award was due in large part to Van Exel's leadership on the court and his ability to carry his team during important stretches of individual games and parts of the season, including a memorable series in which the 5th seeded Lakers upset the #4 seed Seattle Supersonics. Derek Lamar Fisher (born August 9, 1974 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is an American professional basketball player with the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL) (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Del Harris Delmer W. Harris (June 18, 1937, Plainfield (or Orleans), Indiana) is a former NBA head coach and current assistant coach of the Dallas Mavericks under head coach Avery Johnson. ...


On June 24, 1998, after five seasons as the starting point guard, Van Exel was traded to the Denver Nuggets for Tony Battie and the draft rights to Tyronn Lue. is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Demetrius Antonio Battie (born February 11, 1976 in Dallas, Texas) is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic in the National Basketball Association. ... Tyronn Jamar Lue (born on May 3, 1977 in Mexico, Missouri) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Lue attended Raytown High School in Missouri. ...


Playing on a Nuggets team which was one of the worst in the league at the time, Van Exel achieved several career highs. Over four seasons he put up averages of 17.9 ppg and 8.3 apg, averaging 21.4 ppg through 27 games of the 2001-02 season. The 2001-02 NBA season is the 56th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


On February 21, 2002, he was traded by the Nuggets along with Raef LaFrentz, Avery Johnson, and Tariq Abdul-Wahad to the Dallas Mavericks for Juwan Howard, Donnell Harvey, Tim Hardaway, and a 2002 first-round pick. is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Raef Andrew LaFrentz (born May 29, 1976, in Hampton, Iowa) is an American professional basketball player currently with the NBAs Portland Trail Blazers. ... For the fictional character in the Halo series, see Avery J. Johnson. ... Tariq Abdul-Wahad (born Olivier Michael Saint-Jean November 3, 1974 in Maisons-Alfort, Val-de-Marne) is a French professional basketball player. ... Juwan Antonio Howard (born February 7, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves. ... Donnell Eugene Harvey (born August 26, 1980 in Shellman, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player. ... Timothy Duane (Tim) Hardaway (born September 1, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American basketball point guard who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and who in his prime was one of the leagues best at his position. ...


In Dallas Van Exel played a smaller role, but contributed effectively by creating scoring opportunities and scoring key three pointers. He averaged 15.5 ppg during the 2002-3 season, and nearly 20 ppg in the 2003 playoffs, carrying the offensive load for the Mavericks in a tight series against the Sacramento Kings.


Van Exel was traded on August 18, 2003 to the Golden State Warriors along with Evan Eschmeyer, Avery Johnson, Popeye Jones, and Antoine Rigaudeau in exchange for Antawn Jamison, Chris Mills, Danny Fortson, and Jiri Welsch. During the 2003-4 season he played in a career low 39 games, averaging 12.6 ppg and 5.3 apg. is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Evan Bruce Eschmeyer (born May 30, 1975 in New Knoxville, Ohio) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the 2nd round (34th overall) of the 1999 NBA Draft. ... For the fictional character in the Halo series, see Avery J. Johnson. ... Ronald Jerome Popeye Jones (born June 17, 1970 in Dresden, Tennessee) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. After attending Murray State University, he was selected by the Houston Rockets in the second round (41st overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft but his rights were traded to the... Antoine Rigaudeau (born December 17, 1971 in Cholet), nicknamed Le Roi (The King), is a French professional basketball player. ... Antawn Cortez Jamison [pronounced an-TWAHN] (born June 12, 1976, in Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Christopher Lemonte Mills (born on January 25, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional basketball player. ... Daniel Anthony Fortson (born on March 27, 1976 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a professional basketball player currently at power forward/center for the Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA. Fortson began his pro career after being drafted 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks after a three-year collegiate career at the... Jiri Welsch (born 27 January 1980 in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia) is an NBA basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks. ...


On July 20, 2004, he was traded by Golden State to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Dale Davis and Dan Dickau.[1] With the Blazers he played in only 53 games, averaging 11 ppg. is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Elliott Lydell (Dale) Davis (born March 25, 1969 in Toccoa, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player who plays center and power forward for the Detroit Pistons. ... Daniel (Dan) David Dickau (born September 16, 1978 in Portland, Oregon) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA with the New York Knicks. ...


Van Exel was waived by Portland on August 3, 2005, and he signed with the San Antonio Spurs on August 29. After signing, Van Exel stated that it would be his last season in an NBA uniform. Due to injury, he only played in 65 games during the 2005-06 season. He averaged career lows in almost every statistical category, including points (5.5 ppg) and minutes (15 mpg). In the playoffs, San Antonio was knocked out a seven game series at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks. Two days later, on 24 May, 2006, ESPN's Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon reported on their show Pardon the Interruption that Van Exel would soon announce his retirement. is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2006 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2005-06 season. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Anthony Irwin Kornheiser (born July 13, 1948) is an American sportswriter and columnist for The Washington Post, as well as a radio and television talk show host. ... Michael R. Wilbon (born November 19, 1958) is an American sportswriter and columnist. ... Pardon the Interruption (abbreviated PTI) is a sports television show that airs weekdays on various ESPN TV channels, TSN, XM and Sirius satellite radio services, and as a downloadable podcast. ...


Player highlights

  • Van Exel was the last Laker to score in the fabled Boston Garden when he nailed a three pointer at the buzzer to give the Lakers the win.
  • He hit a pair of clutch three-pointers for the Lakers in game 5 of the 1995 Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs. The first one sent the game into overtime, while the second one decided the game[1].
  • Van Exel currently ranks 6th all-time in NBA career three-point field goals made with 1,528.
  • He finished in the top 15 in assists in 8 of 13 seasons.
  • Coming into the 2005-06 season Van Exel was first all-time among Los Angeles Lakers in three point field goals made with 750. Midway through the season he was surpassed by Kobe Bryant.
  • Popularized the move of 'punching the air' after making a clutch shot during a game.

During the Western Conference Series vs. the San Antonio Spurs, Van Exel coming off the bench averaged 18.9 points per game, but to no avail as the Mavericks lost the series in six games to the eventual NBA champions. The Boston Garden was a famous arena built in 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The following is a list of the top 30 all-time leaders in three-point field goals made in National Basketball Association history. ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ...


Other

  • Named an NBA All-Star in 1998, along with three of his Lakers teammates
  • Ranks 7th in NBA history in 3-pointers (1,473)
  • The Lakers #2 all-time in 3-point field goals made (with 750)
  • Member of the 1994 All-Rookie Second Team

Miscellaneous

  • His free throw technique is somewhat unorthodox in that he stands about a foot behind the line. He developed this style after his tenure with the Lakers because he felt he shot better when he was not on the line. He has shot 79.6% from the line in his career.
  • His nicknames include "Nick the Quick" and Nick "Van Excellent". In high school his nickname was "Pearl", and "Nick the Quick".
  • Nick's house was featured on MTV Cribs in its first season.
  • While with the Lakers, during the 1996 season he shoved a referee over the scorer's table. Magic Johnson, who had rejoined the team during the season, publicly denounced Van Exel's outburst. Johnson went on to chest bump a referee only a few games later. Both were suspended.
  • Has a scar on his right eyebrow from a traffic accident when he was a teenager.
  • Wore number 31 while playing in college for Cincinnati, number 9 for the Los Angeles Lakers, number 37 for the Golden State Warriors, number 19 for the Portland Trail Blazers, and number 31 for the Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, and San Antonio Spurs.
  • Suffered a broken collar bone while playing for the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • In the hit song Crazy in Love by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Van Exel is mentioned by Jay-Z: "Soprano the roc handle like Van Exel".

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Notes

  1. ^ Golden State swaps Van Exel for Davis, Dickau

External links

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NAME Van Exel, Nick
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION American basketball player
DATE OF BIRTH November 27, 1971
PLACE OF BIRTH Kenosha, Wisconsin
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... Location of Kenosha within Wisconsin Coordinates: , Country State County Kenosha Settled 1836 Government  - Mayor John M. Antaramian Area  - City 24. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...

  Results from FactBites:
 
InsideHoops.com - San Antonio Spurs analysis of Michael Finley, Nick Van Exel signings (469 words)
Van Exel, like Finley, is an aging former star who’s been battling health problems in recent seasons.
Unlike Finley, Van Exel was a super-sub who thrived as Steve Nash’s backup during his stay with the contending Dallas Mavericks.
Van Exel’s decision this summer to join San Antonio as a free agent seems an like an excellent one, for both himself and the Spurs.
Nick Van Exel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1280 words)
Van Exel played five seasons for the Lakers as the starting point guard until June 24, 1998, when he was traded to the Denver Nuggets for Tony Battie and the draft rights to Tyronn Lue.
Van Exel was traded on August 18, 2003 to the Golden State Warriors along with Evan Eschmeyer, Avery Johnson, Popeye Jones, and Antoine Rigaudeau in exchange for Antawn Jamison, Chris Mills, Danny Fortson, and Jiri Welsch.
Van Exel was the last Laker to score in the fabled Boston Garden when he nailed a three pointer at the buzzer to give the Lakers the win.
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