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Uploaded on Feb 9, 2008

Nickey (Nick) Maxwell Van Exel (born November 27, 1971 in Kenosha, Wisconsin) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA. Van Exel, a 6'1" left-handed point guard, was most well known for his flashy style of play and his ability to hit critical shots during games.

Van Exel's career began when was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round as the 37th overall pick of the 1993 NBA Draft. Van Exel and Eddie Jones were the centerpiece of the Lakers' "rebuilding" plan in the twilight of the "Showtime" era of the early '90s. Led by Van Exel's flashy play, the two guards helped the team to the playoffs in 1995 after the Lakers had missed the postseason for the first time in years in 1994. During his career with the Lakers Van Exel averaged 14.9 points per game as well as 7.3 assists per game, finishing in the top ten in the NBA in that category twice. Over four seasons he put up averages of 17.9 ppg and 8.3 apg, averaging 21.4 ppg through 27 games of the 2001-02 season.

Van Exel currently ranks 6th all-time in NBA career three-point field goals made with 1,528. He finished in the top 15 in assists in 8 of 13 seasons. Named an NBA All-Star in 1998, along with three of his Lakers teammates.

The Lakers #2 all-time in 3-point field goals made (with 750). During the Western Conference Series vs. the San Antonio Spurs, Van Exel coming off the bench averaged 18.9 points per game.

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