Jason Collier

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Basketball player
Jason Collier
Player information
Full name Jason Jeffrey Collier
birthday September 8, 1977
place of birth Springfield , United States
date of death October 15, 2005
Place of death Atlanta , United States
size 213 cm
position center
college Georgia Tech
NBA draft 2000 , 15th Pick, Milwaukee Bucks
Clubs as active
2000-2003 Houston Rockets 2003-2005 Atlanta HawksUnited StatesUnited States
United StatesUnited States

Jason Jeffrey Collier (born September 8, 1977 in Springfield , Ohio , † October 15, 2005 in Atlanta , Georgia ) was an American basketball player .

His father Jeff played basketball at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) from 1973 to 1976 . Jason had a brother (Jared) and a sister (Julie).

In 1996, Collier led the Catholic Central High School in his hometown of Springfield, Ohio to the Ohio State Basketball Championship.

He also studied and played basketball at Georgia Tech. He wore the same shirt number as his father. In 97 college games, Jason averaged 13.9 points and got 7.1 rebounds per game.

Jason was active in the US professional NBA for five years after he was selected 15th in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks . On June 28, 2000 , his draft rights along with a future first-round draft pick in exchange for the rights to Joel Przybilla were given to the Houston Rockets . He played for the Rockets for three years ( 2001 to 2003 ). On September 30, 2003 , he signed a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves , but was not used.

2003-04 he played first in the NBA Development League (NBDL) with the Fayetteville Patriots . For the Patriots, he completed 30 games until he got the first of two ten-day contracts with the Atlanta Hawks on March 8, 2004 , which then signed him on March 28 for the rest of the season. He played for the Hawks until his unexpected death.

In a total of 151 games in the NBA, he averaged 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds. He had his best season 2003-04 with the Hawks. In 20 games he reached an average of 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. His career best of 22 points he achieved on March 12, 2004 against the Washington Wizards .

Collier died on October 15, 2005 , presumably of sudden cardiac death . He left behind his wife Katie and his daughter (Elezan).


  • His jersey number 40 was retired by the Atlanta Hawks on December 2, 2005 ; i.e. it is no longer given to other players.

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