Jason Collier

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Jason Collier
Personal information
Born(1977-09-08)September 8, 1977
Springfield, Ohio
DiedOctober 15, 2005(2005-10-15) (aged 28)
Cumming, Georgia
NationalityAmerican
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High schoolCatholic Central (Springfield, Ohio)
College
NBA draft2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career2000–2005
PositionCenter
Number52, 40
Career history
20002003Houston Rockets
2003–2004Fayetteville Patriots
20042005Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jason Jeffrey Collier (September 8, 1977 – October 15, 2005) was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was the first active NBA player to die since Malik Sealy in 2000.[citation needed]

Collier led Catholic Central High School of his hometown Springfield, Ohio to the 1996 Ohio State Basketball Championship, for which he was named 1996 Ohio Mr. Basketball. After transferring from Indiana, he completed his college career at Georgia Tech and was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 15th overall pick of the 2000 NBA Draft. He was traded on draft day to the Houston Rockets in exchange for their pick, Joel Przybilla. He then played for the Rockets and the Atlanta Hawks, averaging 5.6 points per game over his career.

During the NBA off-season, Collier died suddenly at the age of 28 on October 15, 2005 in Cumming, Georgia. His autopsy indicated that he died because of a "sudden heart rhythm disturbance caused by an abnormally enlarged heart."[1] Georgia's chief medical examiner, Dr. Kris Sperry, said Collier's heart "was above the accepted limits, even for a man of his size", and said the organ was about one and a half times the size it should have been.[2] It was reported that he experienced shortness of breath before losing consciousness. Medical treatment was performed by emergency medical technicians, but Collier died en route to the hospital.

The Hawks wore permanent black shoulder patches on their uniforms to honor Collier.[3] In his honor, the NBA Development League, on which Collier played for a year in the Fayetteville Patriots and was named to the All-NBA Development League Team, unveiled in the following season the Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award.[4]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000–01 Houston 23 0 9.7 .380 .000 .708 1.6 .3 .1 .1 3.1
2001–02 Houston 25 2 14.6 .432 .000 .750 3.3 .4 .2 .2 4.2
2002–03 Houston 13 3 8.0 .472 .000 1.000 2.2 .1 .2 .1 2.8
2003–04 Atlanta 20 16 27.3 .479 .250 .788 5.6 .9 .6 .6 11.3
2004–05 Atlanta 70 44 13.5 .463 .429 .676 2.6 .3 .2 .2 5.7
Career 151 65 14.4 .455 .350 .738 2.9 .3 .2 .2 5.6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sports Shorts: Autopsy shows Collier had enlarged heart". The Technique. 2005-11-04. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
  2. ^ Autopsy shows Hawks' Collier had enlarged heart
  3. ^ Autopsy reveals Hawks' Collier had heart problem
  4. ^ Fort Worth’s Ime Udoka Wins 2005-06 Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award Archived 2016-06-10 at the Wayback Machine.

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