Jelani McCoy

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Jelani McCoy
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McCoy with the Los Angeles D-Fenders in 2008.
Personal information
Born (1977-12-06) December 6, 1977 (age 41)
Oakland, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school St. Augustine (San Diego, California)
College UCLA (1995–1998)
NBA draft 1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career 1998–2013
Position Power forward / Center
Career history
19982001 Seattle SuperSonics
2001–2002 Los Angeles Lakers
2002–2003 Toronto Raptors
2003–2004 Cleveland Cavaliers
2004 Atlanta Hawks
2004–2005 Long Beach Jam
2004–2005 Jiangsu Nangang Dragons
2005–2006 Reggio Calabria
2005–2006 Azovmash Mariupol
2007 Menorca Bàsquet
2007 Santa Barbara Breakers
2007–2008 Denver Nuggets
2007–2008 Los Angeles D-Fenders
2009 Zhejiang Guangsha
2009–2010 Fujian Xunxing
2010–2011 Cáceres 2016
2011 Mets de Guaynabo
2012 Marinos de Anzoátegui
2012 Osos de Guadalajara
Career highlights and awards

Jelani Marwan McCoy (born December 6, 1977) is an American former 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.

College career

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.[1]

Professional career

McCoy compiled NBA career averages of 4.7 points and 3.6 rebounds.[2][3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[3] Mike Wilks was waived to make room on the roster.[3] On December 19, 2007 he was waived by the Denver Nuggets.[6] McCoy started the 2008-09 preseason with the Los Angeles Clippers, but was waived before the start of the season.[7]

On January 19, 2006 McCoy signed with Italian club Viola Reggio Calabria. In February 2007, he signed with Spanish club Menorca Bàsquet.


  1. ^ "U.C.L.A.'s McCoy Quits Team". The New York Times. 1998-02-16. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  2. ^ "Jelani McCoy Career Stats". Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  3. ^ a b c McCoy, who played with Denver in preseason, signs with team. Updated November 29, 2007
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Jelani McCoy". Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  6. ^ Nuggets Waive McCoy
  7. ^ Clippers Waive Jelani McCoy

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