Jamal Sampson

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Jamal Sampson
Personal information
Born (1983-05-15) May 15, 1983 (age 36)
Inglewood, California
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight257 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High schoolMater Dei (Santa Ana, California)
CollegeCalifornia (2001–2002)
NBA draft2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career2002–2012
PositionCenter / power forward
Number31, 7
Career history
2002–2003Milwaukee Bucks
2003–2004Los Angeles Lakers
2004–2005Charlotte Bobcats
2005–2006Sacramento Kings
2006–2007Denver Nuggets
2007Skyliners Frankfurt
2007–2008Liaoning Dinosaurs
2008Zain Club
2008Dongguan Leopards
2009Los Angeles Lightning
2009–2010Samahang Basketbol
2010–2011Shanxi Zhongyu
2011–2012Texas Legends
Career highlights and awards

Jamal Wesley Sampson (born May 15, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player.

A power forward/center, Sampson is the cousin of the 1983 NBA draft's number one overall pick Ralph Sampson.[1] He attended the University of California, Berkeley where he played only one season before being selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round (47th overall) of the 2002 NBA draft. He was then traded along with Ryan Humphrey to the Orlando Magic for Curtis Borchardt. The Magic then traded Sampson to the Milwaukee Bucks for Rashard Griffith.

After barely playing with the Bucks, Sampson was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers, appearing in only 10 games. He was later selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the expansion draft in 2004, and signed as a free agent with the Sacramento Kings in 2005–06. On July 28, 2006, Sampson signed with the Denver Nuggets and played a further 22 NBA games.

Sampson was waived by the Dallas Mavericks on October 22, 2007 during the NBA preseason.

In 2009, he signed with the Smart Gilas developmental team in the Philippines, replacing C. J. Giles as the team's candidate to be a naturalized player for future international competitions.[2]

Sampson later moved on to China, playing for the Liaoning Dinosaurs, Dongguan Leopards and Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons.[3]

In November 2011, Sampson was selected by the Texas Legends with the fifth pick in the NBA D-League Draft.[4]

In early December 2011, Sampson joined the Boston Celtics for training camp.[5] On December 22, 2011, the Celtics announced that they had waived Sampson.[6]

In 2012, Sampson became an assistant coach for Brethren Christian Junior/Senior High School.[7]


  1. ^ Jamal Sampson Archived January 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine at NBA.com
  2. ^ Sampson signs contract with Smart Gilas Archived January 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine - Business Mirror, 6 December 2009 21:36
  3. ^ Jon Pastuszek (December 8, 2010). "Fujian to release Patrick O'Bryant, Shanxi adds Jamal Sampson". Niubball.com. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "2011 NBA D-League Draft". Nba.com. Archived from the original on December 7, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
  5. ^ Washburn, Gary (December 8, 2011). "Celtics invite 4 to training camp". The Boston Globe. Retrieved December 9, 2011.
  6. ^ "Celtics Waive Sampson | Celtics.com - The official website of the Boston Celtics". Nba.com. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
  7. ^ Jamal Sampson coaching at Brethren Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine

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