Rafer Alston, also known by his streetball name Skip to my Lou ( born July 24, 1976 in New York City ) is an American professional basketball player who was for many years a well known streetball player and has made the leap to the NBA, where he most recently was in the service of the Miami Heat. He was previously with the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and the New Jersey Nets under contract.
The for a basketball player rather small, 1.88 m wide and 78 kg player goes sometimes even with that And1 Streetball team on tour, which he once belonged. One can observe his moves ( tricks ) that made him so popular, only rarely in the NBA games, since now more effective one than the mere show. But on the And1 Mixtapes ( a streetball video series ) you can see Skip, his nickname, still play action rich.
Alston grew up in Queens, New York, and is there still one of the best streetball basketball player of all time. His quick moves have been nicknamed 'Skip to my Lou ' introduced him.
Alston played under coach Gregory Adams for the St. Jerome School in the Bronx, New York, and coach Ron Naclerio for the Benjamin Cardozo High School in Queens.
Alston spent three seasons on the college. 1994-1995 he was on the Ventura College and from 1996-1998 on the Fresno Community College and Fresno State University, both colleges in California.
Milwaukee Bucks (1999-2002)
Rafer Alston was elected in the second round of the NBA Drafts 1998 by the Milwaukee Bucks and spent his first three seasons with the team. He saw very little playing time and has been used only sparingly. It was during these three years only in 114 of 246 possible games on the field and that too only for just under 10 minutes per game.
Toronto Raptors (2002-2003)
The Bucks decided to let go of Alston, and he signed on 18 January 2003 after a so-called 10 -day contract a contract for the remainder of the 2002-2003 season with the Toronto Raptors, where he was ultimately used more. He stood for just over 20 minutes per game on the field, scoring an average of 7.8 points, 4.1 assists and 0.8 steals.
Miami Heat (2003-2004)
Despite its decent performance, the Raptors decided not to take the young point guard again under contract. As a free agent Alston then signed a one-year contract with the Miami Heat. During the season he won more and more minutes and ultimately even started in 28 of the 82 games in which he participated in this season for the Heat. In his 31.5 minutes he stood in the section on the Spieldfeld per game, scored Alston Karrierebestleistungen of 10.2 points, 4.5 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals. He was already in his first two years in the NBA in the playoffs, but then got much play time. It was not until this season he gained first real experience in the playoffs. In the 13 playoff games in 2004, where he was employed, he came up with an average of 7 points per game.
Toronto Raptors (2004-2005)
After he had his breakthrough with the Heat, but his contract had expired, to Alston decided to give it another try in Toronto. He was put in the starting lineup and scored 14.2 points and 6.4 assists per game, but more often -stretched with his coach regarding his attitude. This season, the entry into the NBA playoffs has been missed.
Houston Rockets (2005-2009)
On 4 October 2005 Alston was issued in exchange for Mike James to the Houston Rockets, who used him as a point guard in the starting line-up of their team around Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. In his three seasons Alston was on average about 13 points, 6 assists and 1.5 steals record per game. In the 2006-2007 season, Alston was the player with the fourth- most turned three-point throws in the NBA. In the last two years managed the Rockets in the NBA playoffs, but never got beyond the first round.
Orlando Magic ( 2009)
February 19, 2009 Alston was traded to the Orlando Magic to the last 28 games of the regular season to replace the injured Jameer Nelson in the starting lineup. The Rockets wanted at the same time make room for the younger Kyle Lowry Alston and give the opportunity to play for a championship contender. The Magic made it to the NBA playoffs, where they were able to prevail against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Alston was the first time in his career in the final series of the NBA, but the Los Angeles Lakers proved to be too strong for the Magic.
New Jersey Nets (2009-2010)
On 25 June 2009 Alston was sent along with Tony Battie and Courtney Lee in exchange for Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson to the New Jersey Nets. The Nets, who had previously been isolated in Jason Kidd and were on the lookout for young players to rebuild their team, Alston dismissed on January 5, 2010, to give him the chance to sign a contract with a team sign, the chances of the NBA championship has.
Miami Heat ( 2010)
Two days later, on January 7, 2010, took the Miami Heat Alston for the second time under contract. Since Alston was known more often to offend with his coaches and his attitude towards training sessions was generally rather questionable, he was suspended on March 6, 2010 after 25 games after missing a workout and a game of Miami indefinitely. 7 days later, he was suspended for the remainder of the season.
Zhejiang Guangsha (2011)
Alston then decided to try it in the CBA. He was committed for the 2010-2011 season CBA Zhejiang Guangsha of the basketball team.