Rafer Alston: From Playground Legend to NBA Star

4 03 2009


Rafer Alston grew up playing basketball on the courts in Queens, New York. He became a legend on the blacktop and was given the nickname, “Skip to my Lou.”

Alston was one of the stars of the AND 1 Mixtape Tour, known for his moves with the ball in his hands. His nickname originated from the way he dribbled the ball down the court, taunting the defender in front of him. He would dribble up the court in what looked like slow motion and then would speed past the defender for a lay-up or no-look pass.

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The Streetballer that made Skip to my Lou, a popular player for AND 1 fans, has made a name for himself in the NBA. Alston was drafted as the 39th pick in the 1998 NBA Draft to the Milwaukee Bucks. He set the school record at Fresno State with 240 assists while in college. In his 11-year career, Alston has jumped around from team to team. (End of link) He played in Milwaukee, Toronto, Miami, Houston and most recently the Orlando Magic.

The Magic were in need of a point guard after losing all-star guard Jameer Nelson, leading to the trade for Alston. Since joining the team Alston has started six games and has helped the team win five of their last seven games.

Alston brings great ball handling skills and a reliable 3-point shooter. He is not afraid to take a big shot, but is unselfish enough to find ways for teammates to score. He is averaging 11 points, six assists and two rebounds per game.

Alston was one of the top trades that many people overlooked, as the rumors of bigger name stars distracted fans and reporters. Alston has helped spread the floor for Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis, while also feeding the ball down in the paint to Dwight Howard. He has helped bring new life to Magic, a team that was left for dead by many after Nelson’s injury sidelined him for the season.

Rafer Alston talks about playing on the street and the NBA

Posted by Shawn Brown

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