Basketball Player, America
Rafer Jamel Alston is a retired professional American basketball player. He is famously known as Skip 2 my Lou and Skip to my Lou. Before joining the National Basketball Association, Alston first achieved basketball popularity by competing in the AND1 Mixtape Tour in 1999. He played for six teams in the NBA between 1999 and 2010, including the NBA Finals-bound 2008-09 Orlando Magic.
Early life and career
Alston was a brilliant streetball basketball player who refined his skills in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York City. He was renowned for the unique ball-handling techniques that enabled him to outwit defenders. In many respects, he served as an inspiration for the AND1 Mixtape Tour. His dribbling style, which he made famous by skipping, gave him the moniker Skip to My Lou.
Alston attended Benjamin Cardozo High School in Queens, New York, and played for well-known high school coach Ron Naclerio.
Alston played basketball in college for three seasons, spending one year each at Ventura College (1994–1955), Fresno City College (1996–1997), and Fresno State under Jerry Tarkanian (1997–98). For the 1995–96 season, Alston redshirted at Fresno City College.
At the beginning of his NBA career, Alston struggled, but he quickly switched from streetball to the professional level. He spent most of his tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks playing off the bench.
In 2004, Alston made his debut as a starter for the Miami Heat. He averaged 12 points and 4 assists per game for a Miami team that advanced to the NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals. In a game on March 26 against the Dallas Mavericks during that season, he made the game-winning shot with 0.5 seconds left over Shawn Bradley's extended arms to give Miami a 119-118 victory.
Alston joined the Houston Rockets on October 4, 2005. Alston averaged 13.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.6 steals per game for the Rockets in the 2006–07 season. He finished the campaign fourth in three-point field goals made, ninth in steals among all NBA players, and 23rd in assists.
In the opening round of the NBA Playoffs, Alston assisted the Orlando Magic in winning 4-2 over the Philadelphia 76ers. After Alston was replaced in the starting lineup by returning star Jameer Nelson, Orlando went on to defeat the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. Alston averaged 10.6 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.2 rebounds in the Finals.
New Jersey Nets
He was traded to the New Jersey Nets on June 25, 2009. In 2009–2010, while a member of the New Jersey Nets, he achieved his first triple-double. The Nets released him on January 5, 2010.
He has also played for Zhejiang Lions (CBA) and Los Angeles D-Fenders (NBA D-League).
Alston achieved his career-high point of 14.2 while playing for the Tornado Raptors in the 2004-05 season.
During the 2005-06 season, He played his career-high rebound of 4 with the Houston Rockets.
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|Born||July 24, 1976 (age 46)
Queens, New York.|
|Nationality ||American |
|Listed height ||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) |
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Benjamin N. Cardozo
(Queens, New York)|
|College||Ventura CC (1994–1995)
Fresno CC (1996–1997)
Fresno State (1997–1998)|
|NBA draft||1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks|
|Number||11, 24, 12, 1|