Steve Novak is a professional basketball player from the United States of America who plays mainly as a forward, both small and power. Novak went to the Brown Deer High School and blazed away as a junior, with 22.2 points per game as well as 12.0 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game. In his senior year, he had a 20.6 ppg along with 10.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. Novak earned 4 letters in 2002 and was also named as the Wisconsin High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Novak began playing collegiate basketball at the Marquette University in 2002-03 and in his Freshman year, starred in all the games averaging 6.7 points per game. He hit 50.5% from behind the arc and was part of the NCAA final four. In 2003-04, Novak was part of 29 of the 32 games and had 12.1 ppg as well as 4.6 rebounds per game. He was also shooting at 91.2% from the line.
Novak kept improving his game by the year and in his junior year, he was averaging 13.3 points per game as well as 4.1 rebound per game, in the 29 appearances that he had that season. In his final year in college, as a senior, Novak improved in all the departments of the game and was the team leader with a 17.5 points average along with 5.9 rebounds and a 97.4% shooting percentage from the line. He had a 41-point game plus 16 rebounds in a 94-79 win over the University of Connecticut.
Novak also won the ESPN College Three-Point Shooting Contest in 2006.
Upon graduation, the Houston Rockets picked Steve Novak in the 2nd round of the 2006 NBA Draft as the 32nd overall player. Novak was not seen much on the courts and had just 1.5 points with 0.7 rebounds and 5.5 minutes per game through his rookie season. He was also excluded from the playoff roster for the Rockets that year.
The following year, Novak decided to play with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA Development League. In December of 2007, the Rockets decided to bring him back after a month and traded him out to the Los Angeles Clippers.