Jelani Marwan McCoy (born December 6, 1977) is an American professional basketball player. A 6'10" power forward/center, he played in the NBA from 1998-2007 for the Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, and Denver Nuggets. He attended college at UCLA and high school at St. Augustine High School in San Diego, California.
In 1998, was UCLA's career leader in blocked shots.
McCoy was suspended in late September 1997 for violating "unspecified" team rules but reinstated three months later.
McCoy compiled NBA career averages of 4.7 points and 3.6 rebounds. He was part of the Los Angeles Lakers team that won the 2002 NBA Finals, but he was injured most of the season and was not on their playoff roster.
McCoy played for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. In five games, McCoy averaged 9 points and 9 rebounds in 21 minutes per game. After averaging 8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3.5 assists in two games with the D-League's Los Angeles D-Fenders, McCoy was signed during the 2007-08 season in late November 2007 by the Nuggets to fill their depleted frontcourt after players Kenyon Martin, Nenê and Steven Hunter were unavailable due to injuries. Mike Wilks was waived to make room on the roster. On December 19, 2007 he was waived by the Denver Nuggets. McCoy started the 2008-09 preseason with the Los Angeles Clippers, but was waived before the start of the season.
- "U.C.L.A.'s McCoy Quits Team". The New York Times. 1998-02-16. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
- "Jelani McCoy Career Stats". NBA.com. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
- McCoy, who played with Denver in preseason, signs with team. Updated November 29, 2007
- Beck, Howard (April 19, 2002). "Lakers Notebook: Blazers Have Trouble in Tow". Daily News. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
With only 13 players, the Lakers had no tough decisions to make on their postseason roster, which was submitted Thursday. As expected, they left off Jelani McCoy, who spent most of the season on the injured list.
- "Jelani McCoy". aol.nba.com. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
- Nuggets Waive McCoy
- Clippers Waive Jelani McCoy
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com