Derek Richardson

NBA Experience 23 seasons
Born February 3, 1962 (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Resides Los Angeles
HS R.B. Stall (Charleston, S.C.)
College Los Angeles Dominguez Hills ’91

Derek Richardson has officiated 1,225 regular-season games and one playoff game over 22 seasons as an NBA official. He also worked the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Dallas.

Before joining the NBA, Richardson spent eight years officiating in the CBA, including both the CBA Finals and CBA All-Star Game in 1996.

Known as “Chopper,” Richardson played basketball at Los Angeles Southwest College and earned an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. He went on to earn a degree in Administration of Justice from Los Angeles Dominguez Hills.

Richardson has volunteered with the South Central Los Angeles YMCA, assisting with youth basketball programs. In 2005, Richardson established the Why Can’t We Make A Difference Foundation, which focuses on academic and social enrichment programs for elementary school students in Los Angeles.