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Ronnie Lester

Ronnie Lester

Position: Point Guard ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-2 ▪ Weight: 175 lbs.
Born: January 1, 1959 in Canton, Mississippi
High School: Dunbar in Chicago, Illinois
College: University of Iowa
Draft: Portland Trail Blazers, 1st round (10th pick, 10th overall), 1980 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: October 24, 1980
Other Pages: College Basketball Stats

Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1980-81 22 CHI NBA PG 8 83 10 24 .417 0 0 10 24 .417 .417 10 11 .909 3 3 6 7 2 0 9 5 30
1981-82 23 CHI NBA PG 75 74 2252 329 657 .501 4 8 .500 325 649 .501 .504 208 256 .813 75 138 213 362 80 14 185 158 870
1982-83 24 CHI NBA PG 65 38 1437 202 446 .453 0 5 .000 202 441 .458 .453 124 171 .725 46 126 172 332 51 6 134 121 528
1983-84 25 CHI NBA PG 43 3 687 78 188 .415 1 5 .200 77 183 .421 .418 75 87 .862 20 26 46 168 30 6 72 59 232
1984-85 26 LAL NBA PG 32 1 278 34 82 .415 0 1 .000 34 81 .420 .415 21 31 .677 4 22 26 80 15 3 32 25 89
1985-86 27 LAL NBA PG 27 0 222 26 52 .500 0 3 .000 26 49 .531 .500 15 19 .789 0 10 10 54 9 3 42 27 67
Career NBA 250 116 4959 679 1449 .469 5 22 .227 674 1427 .472 .470 453 575 .788 148 325 473 1003 187 32 474 395 1816
4 seasons CHI NBA 191 115 4459 619 1315 .471 5 18 .278 614 1297 .473 .473 417 525 .794 144 293 437 869 163 26 400 343 1660
2 seasons LAL NBA 59 1 500 60 134 .448 0 4 .000 60 130 .462 .448 36 50 .720 4 32 36 134 24 6 74 52 156

Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1980-81 22 CHI NBA PG 8 10.4 1.3 3.0 .417 0.0 0.0 1.3 3.0 .417 1.3 1.4 .909 0.4 0.4 0.8 0.9 0.3 0.0 1.1 0.6 3.8
1981-82 23 CHI NBA PG 75 74 30.0 4.4 8.8 .501 0.1 0.1 .500 4.3 8.7 .501 2.8 3.4 .813 1.0 1.8 2.8 4.8 1.1 0.2 2.5 2.1 11.6
1982-83 24 CHI NBA PG 65 38 22.1 3.1 6.9 .453 0.0 0.1 .000 3.1 6.8 .458 1.9 2.6 .725 0.7 1.9 2.6 5.1 0.8 0.1 2.1 1.9 8.1
1983-84 25 CHI NBA PG 43 3 16.0 1.8 4.4 .415 0.0 0.1 .200 1.8 4.3 .421 1.7 2.0 .862 0.5 0.6 1.1 3.9 0.7 0.1 1.7 1.4 5.4
1984-85 26 LAL NBA PG 32 1 8.7 1.1 2.6 .415 0.0 0.0 .000 1.1 2.5 .420 0.7 1.0 .677 0.1 0.7 0.8 2.5 0.5 0.1 1.0 0.8 2.8
1985-86 27 LAL NBA PG 27 0 8.2 1.0 1.9 .500 0.0 0.1 .000 1.0 1.8 .531 0.6 0.7 .789 0.0 0.4 0.4 2.0 0.3 0.1 1.6 1.0 2.5
Career NBA 250 116 19.8 2.7 5.8 .469 0.0 0.1 .227 2.7 5.7 .472 1.8 2.3 .788 0.6 1.3 1.9 4.0 0.7 0.1 1.9 1.6 7.3
4 seasons CHI NBA 191 115 23.3 3.2 6.9 .471 0.0 0.1 .278 3.2 6.8 .473 2.2 2.7 .794 0.8 1.5 2.3 4.5 0.9 0.1 2.1 1.8 8.7
2 seasons LAL NBA 59 1 8.5 1.0 2.3 .448 0.0 0.1 .000 1.0 2.2 .462 0.6 0.8 .720 0.1 0.5 0.6 2.3 0.4 0.1 1.3 0.9 2.6

Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1980-81 22 CHI NBA PG 8 83 4.3 10.4 .417 0.0 0.0 4.3 10.4 .417 4.3 4.8 .909 1.3 1.3 2.6 3.0 0.9 0.0 3.9 2.2 13.0
1981-82 23 CHI NBA PG 75 74 2252 5.3 10.5 .501 0.1 0.1 .500 5.2 10.4 .501 3.3 4.1 .813 1.2 2.2 3.4 5.8 1.3 0.2 3.0 2.5 13.9
1982-83 24 CHI NBA PG 65 38 1437 5.1 11.2 .453 0.0 0.1 .000 5.1 11.0 .458 3.1 4.3 .725 1.2 3.2 4.3 8.3 1.3 0.2 3.4 3.0 13.2
1983-84 25 CHI NBA PG 43 3 687 4.1 9.9 .415 0.1 0.3 .200 4.0 9.6 .421 3.9 4.6 .862 1.0 1.4 2.4 8.8 1.6 0.3 3.8 3.1 12.2
1984-85 26 LAL NBA PG 32 1 278 4.4 10.6 .415 0.0 0.1 .000 4.4 10.5 .420 2.7 4.0 .677 0.5 2.8 3.4 10.4 1.9 0.4 4.1 3.2 11.5
1985-86 27 LAL NBA PG 27 0 222 4.2 8.4 .500 0.0 0.5 .000 4.2 7.9 .531 2.4 3.1 .789 0.0 1.6 1.6 8.8 1.5 0.5 6.8 4.4 10.9
Career NBA 250 116 4959 4.9 10.5 .469 0.0 0.2 .227 4.9 10.4 .472 3.3 4.2 .788 1.1 2.4 3.4 7.3 1.4 0.2 3.4 2.9 13.2
4 seasons CHI NBA 191 115 4459 5.0 10.6 .471 0.0 0.1 .278 5.0 10.5 .473 3.4 4.2 .794 1.2 2.4 3.5 7.0 1.3 0.2 3.2 2.8 13.4
2 seasons LAL NBA 59 1 500 4.3 9.6 .448 0.0 0.3 .000 4.3 9.4 .462 2.6 3.6 .720 0.3 2.3 2.6 9.6 1.7 0.4 5.3 3.7 11.2

Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS ORtg DRtg
1980-81 22 CHI NBA PG 8 83 5.7 13.8 .417 0.0 0.0 5.7 13.8 .417 5.7 6.3 .909 1.7 1.7 3.4 4.0 1.1 0.0 5.2 2.9 17.2 95 111
1981-82 23 CHI NBA PG 75 74 2252 7.1 14.1 .501 0.1 0.2 .500 7.0 14.0 .501 4.5 5.5 .813 1.6 3.0 4.6 7.8 1.7 0.3 4.0 3.4 18.7 109 111
1982-83 24 CHI NBA PG 65 38 1437 6.4 14.0 .453 0.0 0.2 .000 6.4 13.9 .458 3.9 5.4 .725 1.4 4.0 5.4 10.4 1.6 0.2 4.2 3.8 16.6 103 110
1983-84 25 CHI NBA PG 43 3 687 5.5 13.2 .415 0.1 0.4 .200 5.4 12.8 .421 5.3 6.1 .862 1.4 1.8 3.2 11.8 2.1 0.4 5.0 4.1 16.2 101 110
1984-85 26 LAL NBA PG 32 1 278 5.7 13.7 .415 0.0 0.2 .000 5.7 13.5 .420 3.5 5.2 .677 0.7 3.7 4.3 13.4 2.5 0.5 5.4 4.2 14.9 97 107
1985-86 27 LAL NBA PG 27 0 222 5.5 10.9 .500 0.0 0.6 .000 5.5 10.3 .531 3.2 4.0 .789 0.0 2.1 2.1 11.4 1.9 0.6 8.8 5.7 14.1 83 108
Career NBA 250 116 4959 6.5 13.8 .469 0.0 0.2 .227 6.4 13.6 .472 4.3 5.5 .788 1.4 3.1 4.5 9.6 1.8 0.3 4.5 3.8 17.3 104 110
4 seasons CHI NBA 191 115 4459 6.6 14.0 .471 0.1 0.2 .278 6.5 13.8 .473 4.4 5.6 .794 1.5 3.1 4.6 9.2 1.7 0.3 4.2 3.6 17.6 105 110
2 seasons LAL NBA 59 1 500 5.6 12.5 .448 0.0 0.4 .000 5.6 12.1 .462 3.4 4.7 .720 0.4 3.0 3.4 12.5 2.2 0.6 6.9 4.8 14.5 91 108

Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% 3PAr FTr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% OWS DWS WS WS/48 OBPM DBPM BPM VORP
1980-81 22 CHI NBA PG 8 83 8.2 .520 .000 .458 4.3 3.9 4.1 11.2 1.1 0.0 23.8 18.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 .008 -3.6 -2.8 -6.4 -0.1
1981-82 23 CHI NBA PG 75 2252 13.8 .565 .012 .390 4.0 6.7 5.4 22.9 1.7 0.3 19.4 17.8 2.6 1.3 3.9 .084 0.2 -1.0 -0.8 0.7
1982-83 24 CHI NBA PG 65 1437 13.4 .506 .011 .383 3.4 9.4 6.4 30.9 1.6 0.2 20.5 17.6 1.1 0.6 1.7 .057 -1.0 -1.9 -2.9 -0.3
1983-84 25 CHI NBA PG 43 687 12.5 .513 .027 .463 3.3 4.4 3.8 34.3 2.1 0.5 24.1 18.0 0.2 0.5 0.7 .048 -2.4 -2.2 -4.6 -0.4
1984-85 26 LAL NBA PG 32 278 11.9 .465 .012 .378 1.8 8.2 5.3 32.8 2.5 0.6 25.1 18.6 -0.1 0.3 0.2 .039 -3.3 -1.3 -4.5 -0.2
1985-86 27 LAL NBA PG 27 222 6.7 .555 .058 .365 0.0 4.9 2.6 28.6 1.9 0.7 41.0 18.6 -0.4 0.2 -0.2 -0.050 -5.9 -2.1 -8.0 -0.3
Career NBA 250 4959 13.0 .533 .015 .397 3.4 7.1 5.3 27.4 1.8 0.4 21.8 17.9 3.4 3.0 6.3 .061 -1.0 -1.5 -2.6 -0.7
4 seasons CHI NBA 191 4459 13.4 .537 .014 .399 3.7 7.1 5.4 27.0 1.7 0.3 20.6 17.8 3.9 2.5 6.4 .068 -0.7 -1.5 -2.2 -0.2
2 seasons LAL NBA 59 500 9.6 .500 .030 .373 1.0 6.7 4.1 30.9 2.2 0.7 32.2 18.6 -0.5 0.5 0.0 -0.001 -4.4 -1.6 -6.1 -0.5

Playoffs Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1980-81 22 CHI NBA PG 5 42 7 18 .389 0 1 .000 7 17 .412 .389 5 7 .714 5 1 6 4 2 0 5 4 19
1984-85 ❍ 26 LAL NBA PG 9 0 54 6 15 .400 0 0 6 15 .400 .400 7 9 .778 2 6 8 9 0 0 4 7 19
Career NBA 14 0 96 13 33 .394 0 1 .000 13 32 .406 .394 12 16 .750 7 7 14 13 2 0 9 11 38
1 season LAL NBA 9 0 54 6 15 .400 0 0 6 15 .400 .400 7 9 .778 2 6 8 9 0 0 4 7 19
1 season CHI NBA 5 42 7 18 .389 0 1 .000 7 17 .412 .389 5 7 .714 5 1 6 4 2 0 5 4 19

Playoffs Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1980-81 22 CHI NBA PG 5 8.4 1.4 3.6 .389 0.0 0.2 .000 1.4 3.4 .412 1.0 1.4 .714 1.0 0.2 1.2 0.8 0.4 0.0 1.0 0.8 3.8
1984-85 ❍ 26 LAL NBA PG 9 0 6.0 0.7 1.7 .400 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.7 .400 0.8 1.0 .778 0.2 0.7 0.9 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.8 2.1
Career NBA 14 0 6.9 0.9 2.4 .394 0.0 0.1 .000 0.9 2.3 .406 0.9 1.1 .750 0.5 0.5 1.0 0.9 0.1 0.0 0.6 0.8 2.7
1 season LAL NBA 9 0 6.0 0.7 1.7 .400 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.7 .400 0.8 1.0 .778 0.2 0.7 0.9 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.8 2.1
1 season CHI NBA 5 8.4 1.4 3.6 .389 0.0 0.2 .000 1.4 3.4 .412 1.0 1.4 .714 1.0 0.2 1.2 0.8 0.4 0.0 1.0 0.8 3.8

Playoffs Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1980-81 22 CHI NBA PG 5 42 6.0 15.4 .389 0.0 0.9 .000 6.0 14.6 .412 4.3 6.0 .714 4.3 0.9 5.1 3.4 1.7 0.0 4.3 3.4 16.3
1984-85 ❍ 26 LAL NBA PG 9 0 54 4.0 10.0 .400 0.0 0.0 4.0 10.0 .400 4.7 6.0 .778 1.3 4.0 5.3 6.0 0.0 0.0 2.7 4.7 12.7
Career NBA 14 0 96 4.9 12.4 .394 0.0 0.4 .000 4.9 12.0 .406 4.5 6.0 .750 2.6 2.6 5.2 4.9 0.7 0.0 3.4 4.1 14.2
1 season LAL NBA 9 0 54 4.0 10.0 .400 0.0 0.0 4.0 10.0 .400 4.7 6.0 .778 1.3 4.0 5.3 6.0 0.0 0.0 2.7 4.7 12.7
1 season CHI NBA 5 42 6.0 15.4 .389 0.0 0.9 .000 6.0 14.6 .412 4.3 6.0 .714 4.3 0.9 5.1 3.4 1.7 0.0 4.3 3.4 16.3

Playoffs Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS ORtg DRtg
1980-81 22 CHI NBA PG 5 42 8.3 21.3 .389 0.0 1.2 .000 8.3 20.1 .412 5.9 8.3 .714 5.9 1.2 7.1 4.7 2.4 0.0 5.9 4.7 22.5 92 111
1984-85 ❍ 26 LAL NBA PG 9 0 54 4.9 12.3 .400 0.0 0.0 4.9 12.3 .400 5.8 7.4 .778 1.6 4.9 6.6 7.4 0.0 0.0 3.3 5.8 15.6 106 113
Career NBA 14 0 96 6.3 16.0 .394 0.0 0.5 .000 6.3 15.5 .406 5.8 7.8 .750 3.4 3.4 6.8 6.3 1.0 0.0 4.4 5.3 18.5 99 112
1 season LAL NBA 9 0 54 4.9 12.3 .400 0.0 0.0 4.9 12.3 .400 5.8 7.4 .778 1.6 4.9 6.6 7.4 0.0 0.0 3.3 5.8 15.6 106 113
1 season CHI NBA 5 42 8.3 21.3 .389 0.0 1.2 .000 8.3 20.1 .412 5.9 8.3 .714 5.9 1.2 7.1 4.7 2.4 0.0 5.9 4.7 22.5 92 111

Playoffs Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% 3PAr FTr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% OWS DWS WS WS/48
1980-81 22 CHI NBA PG 5 42 11.9 .451 .056 .389 12.9 2.9 8.2 14.0 2.4 0.0 19.2 26.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.018
1984-85 ❍ 26 LAL NBA PG 9 54 8.6 .501 .000 .600 4.4 11.1 8.1 17.8 0.0 0.0 17.4 16.5 0.0 0.0 0.1 .058
Career NBA 14 96 10.0 .475 .030 .485 8.1 7.5 8.1 16.2 1.0 0.0 18.4 20.7 0.0 0.1 0.0 .025
1 season LAL NBA 9 54 8.6 .501 .000 .600 4.4 11.1 8.1 17.8 0.0 0.0 17.4 16.5 0.0 0.0 0.1 .058
1 season CHI NBA 5 42 11.9 .451 .056 .389 12.9 2.9 8.2 14.0 2.4 0.0 19.2 26.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.018

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2013-14)
Thru 6 Years Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6
Ronnie Lester 3.9 1.7 0.7 0.2 0.0 -0.2
Stan Stutz 87.0 3.9 1.7 1.1
Jiri Welsch 80.8 3.6 1.7 0.8 -0.4
Quincy Pondexter 80.2 3.2 1.7 0.9 0.4
Dan Dickau 79.6 3.5 1.5 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.0
Ennis Whatley 79.4 3.3 1.9 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0
Jeffrey Congdon 77.0 4.3 0.9 0.7 0.3 0.0
Al Butler 76.6 4.1 2.1 1.1 -0.3
Ron Perry 75.3 4.4 1.4 0.3
Ron Sobie 75.2 3.6 2.6 0.9 0.1
Billy Ray Bates 75.2 3.6 2.4 0.9 0.0
Career Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6
Ronnie Lester 3.9 1.7 0.7 0.2 0.0 -0.2
Stan Stutz 87.0 3.9 1.7 1.1
Jiri Welsch 80.8 3.6 1.7 0.8 -0.4
Quincy Pondexter 80.2 3.2 1.7 0.9 0.4
Dan Dickau 79.6 3.5 1.5 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.0
Jeffrey Congdon 77.0 4.3 0.9 0.7 0.3 0.0
Al Butler 76.6 4.1 2.1 1.1 -0.3
Ron Perry 75.3 4.4 1.4 0.3
Ron Sobie 75.2 3.6 2.6 0.9 0.1
Billy Ray Bates 75.2 3.6 2.4 0.9 0.0
Angelo Musi 74.2 3.5 1.3 1.1

College

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Totals Shooting Per Game
Season Age College G MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST
1976-77 18 IOWA 27 140 312 83 119 66 363 .449 .697 13.4 2.4
1977-78 19 IOWA 27 202 423 132 177 68 536 .478 .746 19.9 2.5
1978-79 20 IOWA 28 194 401 136 161 63 524 .484 .845 18.7 2.3
1979-80 21 IOWA 17 86 185 80 100 29 252 .465 .800 14.8 1.7
Career 99 622 1321 431 557 226 1675 .471 .774 16.9 2.3

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Honors
1978-79 NCAA AP All-America (2nd)

Championships
(Minimum 1 playoff game)
1985 Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)

Transactions

June 10, 1980: Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 1980 NBA Draft.

June 10, 1980: Traded by the Portland Trail Blazers with a 1981 1st round draft pick (Al Wood was later selected) to the Chicago Bulls for Kelvin Ransey and a 1981 1st round draft pick (Darnell Valentine was later selected).

November 16, 1984: Waived by the Chicago Bulls.

November 28, 1984: Signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers.

October 2, 1986: Sold by the Los Angeles Lakers to the Seattle SuperSonics.

Salaries

Season Team Lg Salary
1985-86 Los Angeles Lakers NBA $100,000
Career (may be incomplete) $100,000

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