- Number: 20
- Years: 2002-2006
- Position: Forward
- Height: 6'10”
- Weight: 220 lbs.
- Birthdate: June 13, 1984
- Hometown: Brown Deer, Wisconsin
- High School: Brown Deer
- Nickname: Brown Deer Bomber
Steve attended Brown Deer High School in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. As a junior, Steve averaged 22.2 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 3.4 blocked shots per game. During his senior season, Novak averaged 20.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game. Throughout his high school basketball career, he earned four letters and finished with 1,740 points (535 as a senior). Novak was also a three-time Parkland Conference Player of the Year. Novak also earned AP & Journal Sentinel/WBCA all-state honors as a junior and senior. His number 20 has been retired at Brown Deer.
Earned a berth on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team and was chosen as the league's Sixth Man of the Year … Saw action in all 33 games as a reserve, averaging 15.5 minutes and 6.7 points per outing … Topped the team and Conference USA in three-point field goal shooting in both overall (50.5%) and league (51.8%) action, establishing league seasonal records in both categories … His three-point percentage in overall play established a school seasonal record for frosh and ranked No. 2 overall at Marquette while his C-USA effort was good for the No. 1 position on MU's chart … His 55 three-point field goals ranked No. 2 all-time among MU freshmen … Earned a berth on the NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team … Played a season-long 27 minutes and hit a season-high tying five three-point field goals and finished with 16 points, second high on the team, vs. No. 1 Kentucky (Mar. 29) … Recorded eight games of double-figure scoring … Shot 50 percent or better from the floor in seven of the last eight and in a total of 24 contests … Shot a blistering 56.0 percent (14-of-25) from three-point territory in MU's five NCAA Tournament outings … Sank all four of his three-point attempts, including three in overtime, en route to 14 points in sparking MU to a 101-92 win vs. Missouri (Mar. 22) … Huge game with a career-high 17 points (14 in the second half) against DePaul (Feb. 12), sinking a personal-best six-of-eight from the floor including a then season-high five-of-six from three-point range … His five treys against the Blue Demons eventually tied for the high-water mark by a Golden Eagle during the year … Tallied 11 points and hit a season-high five free throws vs. UAB (Mar. 1) … Finished the Louisville game (Feb. 27) with eight points and tied his season high with five boards … Posted three-point field goals in 13 of MU's last 15 and in a total of 25 games … Picked up nine points on the strength of three treys vs. TCU (Feb. 22) … Scored all nine of his points via the trey during the first half of the Charlotte game (Feb. 20) and recorded five boards in 22 minutes … Connected on five field goals, including three treys, vs. South Florida (Jan. 11) en route to 15 points … Fine effort at Saint Louis (Jan. 7), hitting both three-point field goal attempts along with four three throws en route to 10 points … Knocked down three treys en route to 11 points vs. Eastern Illinois (Nov. 26).
Played in all 31 games and started 29… Ranked 20th in Division I in three-point field goal percentage and 39th in three-point field goals made per game… Second on the team in scoring (12.5 ppg) and tied for second in rebounding (4.6 rpg)… Led the team and Conference USA in free-throw percentage (91.2 percent)… Second on the team and fourth in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage overall (43.0 percent)… Tied for first in Conference USA for three-point field goals made in conference games only (3.0)… Third in Conference USA in three-point field-goals per game for all games played (2.87)… Ranked 28th in Conference USA in scoring average… Set sophomore single-season records with 89 three-point field goals made and 200 attempted… 89 three-pointers was the second highest single-season effort all-time… Along with teammate Travis Diener, broke the school season record for three-point field goals in conference play with 48… Set school season record for free-throw percentage in conference play (91.4 percent)… Scored his 500th career point against Tulane on February 21… Second on the team with 109 defensive rebounds… Registered 19 double-figure scoring games… Had three or more three-point field-goals in a game 14 times… Registered five or more rebounds in a game 17 times… Converted 28 of 29 free-throws to end the season… Recorded his first collegiate 20+ scoring-game on December 1 vs. Notre Dame (21 points); also had five three-pointers… Had huge game vs. Louisville on January 31 establishing career-highs for scoring (30), three-point field-goals (8) , rebounds (8) and steals (3)… The eight three-pointers vs. Louisville were the most ever by a Marquette player in a Conference USA game… Named Conference USA and ESPN.com Player of the Week for his efforts against Louisville (Week ending Feb. 1)… Had 21 points and six three-pointers at Arizona on December 13… Had 19 points and five three-pointers vs. Sacred Heart (Dec. 29)… Had 17 points, seven rebounds and five three-pointers vs. Cincinnati on January 14… 16 points, seven rebounds and four three-pointers vs. Tulane on February 21… Had 19 points and a career-high tying three steals vs. South Florida on February 26… Had 20 points and four three-pointers vs. Louisville on March 6… Scored 17 points and connected on five three-pointers in NIT First Round game vs. Toledo (Mar. 15)… Averaged 11.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 three-point field goals in Marquette's three NIT games… Member of Street & Smith's 2003-04 C-USA Preseason Team … Chosen by Street & Smith's as C-USA's Best Shooter … The Sporting News and Lindy's slotted him as a 2003-04 C-USA Preseason Second-Team member. He had the highest offensive efficiency rating in college basketball according to Ken Pomeroy's rating system.
Played in all 31 games and started 29… Ranked sixth in three-point field goal percentage (46.1) and 33rd in three-point field goals per game (2.9) nationally… Ranked second in C-USA in free throw percentage (90.5) and three-point field goal percentage; fourth in three-point field goals made per game; and 21st in scoring (13.5) for all games played… For conference games only, ranked first in free throw percentage (94.7); third in three-point field goal percentage (45.5); fifth in three-point field goals made per game (2.8); and 21st in scoring (13.3)… Led the team in three-point field goals (89) and three-point field goal percentage… Third on the team in rebounding (4.1)… Tied his personal best with 89 three-point field goals - one shy of MU's single-season record by a junior (Travis Diener - 90 in 03-04)… Set junior single-season record for three-point field goal percentage… 90.5-percent shooting from the free throw was the best single-season effort by a MU junior… Established a new school single-season record for free throw percentage in conference play (94.5); breaking his own mark of 91.4-percent set in 03-04… Scored his 1,000th career point on March 5 vs. Saint Louis… Ended the season by converting 32 consecutive free throws… Had seven 20+ scoring games and 26 double-figure efforts… Made at least four three-point field goals 11 times… Had 11 games of five rebounds or more… Converted a career-best 12-of-12 from the free throw line against Houston (Mar. 2)… Averaged 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 three-point field goals in the Blue and Gold Classic… Named to Blue & Gold Classic tournament team… Scored 23 points and played a career-high 45 minutes in double-overtime victory over Saint Louis (Jan. 29)… Had 21 points and a career-high eight rebounds against Oakland (Nov. 27)… Shot 53.3-percent from three over the team's final seven games (24-of-45)… Along with teammate Travis Diener, played on a NIT All-Star team that toured China in the Summer of 2004.
Unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST selection … One of three players to start in every game this season … Led the team in minutes averaging 33.8 minutes per game … Has a school record 354 career three pointers, passing Travis Diener for the top spot … Recorded 1,567 career points passing Don Kojis (10th, 1,504) for the 10th spot all time … Is the sixth player in the program history to have more then 1,500 points and 500 rebounds for his career … Novak led the team at 97.4 percent free throw shooting … He is one of six active NCAA Division I players during the 2005-06 season with over 300 career three pointers joining J.J. Reddick (Duke), Keekee Clark (St. Peters); Taquan Dean (Louisville); Justin Gray (Wake Forest) and Gerry McNamara (Syracuse) … passed Ray Allen's single season 3-point record (63) with 70 dating back to the 1995-96 season … Led the BIG EAST in 3-pointers made per game (3.90) and 3-point field goal percentage (46.7) … ranked third in the nation in three pointers per game (3.9), sixth in the nation in three point percentage (46.7 percent) … One of two players to score double figures in first six games … Named Great Alaska Shootout Tournament MVP after recording 51 total points, including nine three pointers, and 18 rebounds … was 6 of 10 from three-point range, tying the Shootout championship-game record for treys made against South Carolina (Nov. 26) … Became Marquette's all-time free throws leader after making both of his attempts against Valparaiso (Dec. 7) … Led Marquette with 14 points against Wisconsin (Dec. 10) for his eighth double digit scoring effort this season … tallied his second 20-plus point performance this season, 14th for his career, with 22 against San Francisco (Dec. 17) … matched his season high number of treys with six against San Francisco … Set career highs in points (41) and rebounds (16) against no. 2 Connecticut (Jan. 3.) for his first career double double … The 41 points was a record for most points by a player in his first BIG EAST game, breaking the record of 30 by Troy Murphy (Notre Dame, Dec. 8, 1998) and Allen Iverson (Georgetown, Dec. 7, 1994) … It was the second highest total against Connecticut in a BIG EAST game (43 Darius Rice, Miami, Jan. 20, 2003) … Novak's 11 free throws ties a high for a single player high for MU this season … Had his second career double double and his second straight, scoring 17 points and grabbing a team high 10 rebounds against Cincinnati (Jan. 7) … Hit his first three free throws of the game, but missed his fourth attempt breaking a string of 68 consecutive free throws, which established a school record … Named BIG EAST Co-Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 9 for his career performance against Connecticut … nearly recorded his third straight double double of the season with a team leading 25 points and nine rebounds and zero turnovers against Seton Hall (Jan. 11) … tied his season high six three pointers for the fourth time this season against Seton Hall … Tallied his fifth 20-plus point performance this season, 16th for his career, with 24 at DePaul (Jan. 17), while matching his season high number of treys (six) for the fifth time this season and third time in five games … Was named BIG EAST Player of the Week for the second time of the season after scoring the game-winning jumper with 1.1 seconds left in the game against Notre Dame (Jan. 25) and finished the weekend averaging 26.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week … had four threes by halftime, the most first half three pointers by a Marquette player this season and matched his season high number of treys (six) for the sixth time this season against Notre Dame (Jan. 20) … Scored a team high 29 points against St. John's marking his his first double figure scoring game in three outings … Matched his season high number of trey (6) for the seventh time this season, 11th of his career … Passed Robb Logertman for the most three point field goals by a Marquette player in his senior season with 121 threes … Recorded five three pointers against Georgetown (Feb. 16) to break Travis Diener's single season three point record … scored his ninth game of 20 or more points, 20th for his career, at Notre Dame (Feb. 25) with 21 points … recorded his thrid double double of the season at Notre Dame scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds … scored his 10th game and 11th game of 20 or more points, 21st and 22nd of his career at Louisville (March 1) and against Providence (March 4) … Made six treys for the eighth time this season against Providence … Sunk six 3-pointers for the ninth time this season against Georgetown (March 9) … added five boards and has averaged 7.2 rpg in the last four contests.
- 13th, Points (1,567)
- 40th, Rebounds (524)
- 4th (tie), Games Played (126)
- 1st, Three Point Field Goals Made (354) (22nd in NCAA History)
- 1st, Three Point Field Goals Attempted (768)
- 1st, Three Point Field Goal Percentage (min. 200 att.) (46.1%) (5th in NCAA History)
- 1st, Free Throw Percentage (min. 200 att.) (93.1%)
- 1st, Free Throw Percentage (tied with 11 others), 100% (11-11) vs. UCONN (1/3/06), (12-12) vs. Houston (3/2/05)
- 2nd, Three Point Field Goals Made, 8 vs. Louisville (January 31, 2004)
- 1st, Three Point Field Goals Made (121)
- 3rd (tie), Three Point Field Goals Made (89)
- 3rd (tie), Three Point Field Goals Made (89)
- 1st, Three Point Field Goals Attempted (259)
- 3rd, Three Point Field Goals Attempted (207)
- 6th, Three Point Field Goals Attempted (193)
- 1st, Three Point Field Goal Percentage (min. 100 att.) (50.5%)
- 3rd, Three Point Field Goal Percentage (min. 100 att.) (46.7%)
- 4th, Three Point Field Goal Percentage (min. 100 att.) (46.1%)
- 1st, Three Point Field Goals Made (121)
- 1st, Three Point Field Goals Attempted (259)
- 3rd, Three Point Field Goal Percentage (min. 50 att.) (46.7%)
- 2nd, Three Point Field Goals Made (89)
- 2nd, Three Point Field Goals Attempted (193)
- 1st, Three Point Field Goal Percentage (min. 100 att.) (46.1%)
- 1st, Three Point Field Goals Made (89)
- 1st, Three Point Field Goals Attempted (207)
- 5th, Three Point Field Goal Percentage (min. 50 att.) (43%)
- 2nd, Three Point Field Goals Made (55)
- 6th, Three Point Field Goals Attempted (109)
- 1st, Three Point Field Goal Percentage (min. 50 att.) (50.5%)
- Steve holds the Marquette record for consecutive free throws made, with 68 straight.
- 2002-03 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
- 2002-03 Conference USA Sixth Man of the Year
- 2004 NIT All-Star Team
- 2005-06 Big East Conference First Team (unanimous selection)
- 2005-06 Big East Academic All-Star
- 2005-06 NCAA 3-Point Shootout Winner
On June 28, 2006, he was selected by the Houston Rockets in the 2006 NBA Draft with the 32nd overall pick (2nd pick in 2nd round). He averaged 1.5 points and 0.7 rebounds in 35 games that included one start.
On November 11, Novak was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBDL after not seeing any regular season minutes. He finished the 2007-08 season averaging 7.5 mpg, 3.9 ppg and 1.0 rpg, while achieving a 0.480 field goal and 0.479 three-point percentage in 35 games played.
After averaging 2.7 ppg in 79 games of his first two seasons with Houston, the Rockets avoided free agency with Novak and exercised their option to extend Novak's contract for a third season at $797,581.
On August 6, 2008, the Rockets dealt Steve Novak to the Los Angeles Clippers for the option to exchange second round picks with the Clippers in 2011. Clippers GM Elgin Baylor addressed the acquisition of Novak: “Steve is a terrific perimeter shooter who will definitely help open the floor and create more opportunities for our post players…We are happy to bring him to Los Angeles.” Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy also stated, “We are pleased to add Steve to our roster…He is an excellent shooter who will help us space the floor and keep defenses honest.”
- Was named as one of 40 selections for 2006-07 NCAA March Madness promotion: Geico presents College Basketball's Top 10 Greatest Shooters. Joining Novak for the poll were HOFers Larry Bird, Jerry Lucas, Lew Alcindor, Tom Gola, and Michael Jordan, to name a few.