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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.

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
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Augustine (San Diego, California)
CollegeUCLA (1995–1998)
NBA draft1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career1998–2013
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
19982001Seattle SuperSonics
2001–2002Los Angeles Lakers
2002–2003Toronto Raptors
2003–2004Cleveland Cavaliers
2004Atlanta Hawks
2004–2005Long Beach Jam
2004–2005Jiangsu Nangang Dragons
2005–2006Reggio Calabria
2005–2006Azovmash Mariupol
2007Menorca Bàsquet
2007Santa Barbara Breakers
2007–2008Denver Nuggets
2007–2008Los Angeles D-Fenders
2009Zhejiang Guangsha
2009–2010Fujian Xunxing
2010–2011Cáceres 2016
2011Mets de Guaynabo
2012Marinos de Anzoátegui
2012Osos de Guadalajara
Career highlights and awards

College careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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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