Richard Jefferson, who played a pivotal role in the New Jersey Nets’ back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003, joined the YES Network as Brooklyn Nets analyst in October 2018. He has earned two New York Emmy Award nominations for his YES work.
Jefferson is also an NBA analyst for ESPN’s Get Up! program and an in-game color analyst for the PAC-12 Networks. In 2016, he broke ground when he and then-teammate Channing Frye started the first-ever podcast created by an active NBA player during the NBA season, Road Trippin’. The podcast has amassed a cult following, with more than seven million listens to date. In 2020, Jefferson launched a first-of-its-kind satirical digital sports show, The Sports Gap.
The YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country 15 of the last 17 years, is the exclusive regional television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees, the Brooklyn Nets, MLS’ New York City FC and WNBA’s New York Liberty. The network has won 126 New York Emmy Awards since its 2002 launch.
In addition to reaching the NBA Finals twice with the Nets, Jefferson won an NBA Championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, was named to Second-Team All-Rookie in 2002 with the Nets, won a Bronze Medal with the U.S. Men's Basketball Team at the 2004 Olympics, and scored 14,904 career points in his NBA career.
Raised in Arizona, Jefferson played three seasons at the University of Arizona under Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson. He helped the Wildcats reach the 2001 NCAA National Championship game, and along the way was named to the All-Midwest Regional and All-Final Four teams. In 2012, he was inducted into the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor.
He played his first seven NBA seasons (2001-02 to 2007-08) with the Nets before being traded to Milwaukee in June 2008. After playing one season with the Bucks, Jefferson subsequently played for the Spurs, Warriors, Jazz, Mavericks, Cavaliers and Nuggets. He ranks fourth in Nets team history in points scored.
The Nets made the NBA Playoffs in Jefferson's first six seasons with the team; he averaged 15.1 points per game during those six post-seasons. Among the Nets career playoff leaders, Jefferson ranks first in Games Played (tied with Jason Kidd), Free Throws Made and Free Throws Attempted, and ranks second to Kidd in Points, Field Goals Made, Field Goals Attempted, Assists, Defensive Rebounds and Minutes Played.