JASON COLLIER DIED WITHOUT WARNING OR CAUSE



It’s sad when a athlete is cut down in the prime of their career. That’s what happened with Jason Collier of the Atlanta Hawks. One night Jason Collier went to bed and didn’t wake up. Circle of life, yada, yada, yada, but that’s not the interesting thing about Jason Collier.

Jason started in the NBA five seasons ago with the Houston Rockets. Here are his statistics:

 

CAREER TOTALS
REBOUNDS
YEAR TEAM G GS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
 00-01 HOU 23 0 222 27-71 0-1 17-24 12 25 37 6 2 3 11 27 71
 01-02 HOU 25 2 365 41-95 0-1 24-32 31 51 82 9 6 4 13 40 106
 02-03 HOU 13 3 104 17-36 0-0 2-2 12 17 29 1 2 1 2 10 36
 03-04 ATL 20 16 545 79-165 1-4 67-85 36 75 111 17 11 11 31 71 226
 04-05 ATL 70 44 942 174-376 6-14 48-71 84 100 184 18 15 13 63 147 402
 Career 151 65 2,178 338-743 7-20 158-214 175 268 443 51 36 32 120 295 841

Not hall of fame numbers by any stretch of the imagination, but Jason was something of a rarity in the NBA. He was a true 7 foot white center that could play. Many times lottery picks are wasted on these players that never find consistent work, but Jason did.

He was drafted in the 15th round of the 2000 NBA draft by Milwaukee, but was quickly traded to the Houston Rockets.