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Jimmy Allen Oliver (born July 12, 1969) is an American former professional basketball player who played several seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round (39th overall) of the 1991 NBA draft.

Jimmy Oliver
Personal information
Born (1969-07-12) July 12, 1969 (age 50)
Menifee, Arkansas
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolMorrilton (Morrilton, Arkansas)
CollegePurdue (1988–1991)
NBA draft1991 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career1991–2007
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number24, 27, 33, 11
Career history
1991–1992Cleveland Cavaliers
1992–1993Sioux Falls Skyforce
1993Pescanova Ferrol
1993–1994Boston Celtics
1994–1995Baloncesto Salamanca
1995Rockford Lightning
1995–1996San Diego Wildcards
1996Oklahoma City Cavalry
1996SLUC Nancy
1996–1997Oklahoma City Cavalry
1997Toronto Raptors
1997Quad City Thunder
1997Washington Wizards
1997–1998Ciudad de Huelva
1998–1999Ducato Siena
1999Phoenix Suns
2003–2004Dynamo Moscow
2005–2006Union Olimpija
2006–2007Apollon Patras
Career highlights and awards
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College careerEdit

Jimmy "Slice" Oliver attended Community College for one year and then transferred to Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana and played under head coach Gene Keady. The 6'6", 208 lb guard-forward appeared in 31 games in his Sophomore season, playing behind Center Steve Scheffler and alongside guard Matt Painter. He averaged 5.3 points while averaging 18.2 minutes per game in his first eligible season.

Jimmy started his Junior season out receiving more minutes and improved his shooting percentage to nearly 50%, while also improving his points average to 8 a game. He helped lead the Boilers to a 2nd-place finish in the Big Ten Conference and to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament with a 22-8 record.

Averaging 19.2 points a game during his Senior year, fourth in the conference, and owning an .861 free throw percentage to lead the conference, he was an All-Big Ten First Team selection. Jimmy led Purdue to a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. He finished his college career with a 40.6% accuracy from 3-point land. Jimmy led the Boilers in assists (89) and minutes per game (35.4) in his Senior season. He played his last collegiate game in the NABC All-America Game at the 1991 NCAA Final Four, where he recorded a game-high 25 points.

Professional careerEdit

Oliver was selected in the second round with the 39th pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1991 NBA draft. Oliver played his rookie season for the Cavaliers, averaging 3.6 ppg in 27 games. After being invited to the Detroit Pistons' pre-season camp, he joined the CBA for the 1992–93 season, where he averaged 17.3 ppg in 15 games. After one season in the CBA, Oliver returned to the NBA for the 1993–1994 season. He played for the Boston Celtics, where he averaged 4.9 ppg and started six of the 44 games he played. After leaving the league for two seasons, he returned for the expansion draft, where he played a season with the Toronto Raptors for the 1996–97 season. He finished his last two NBA seasons with the Washington Bullets(1997–98) and the Phoenix Suns(1998–99). Playing on five different NBA teams throughout five seasons, he played in a total of 78 games (14 starts) and scored 331 points with 34% three point and .772% free throw accuracy.

After his NBA tenure, Jimmy Oliver played for several European clubs, including the Greek club Maroussi Athens; he won the FIBA Saporta Cup with them in 2001. He scored 31 points in the final match against Chalon.[1]

Earlier, he had won the 1993 Copa Galicia, with Pescanova Ferrol, of Spain; in 2006, he led KK Olimpija to both the Slovenian League and Slovenian Cup titles.

National team careerEdit

During the NBA lockout, Jimmy played for the US national team in the 1998 FIBA World Championship, teamed up with the likes of another former Boilermaker, Brad Miller.[2] Jimmy Oliver was the leading scorer of Team USA averaging 11.8 points per game, leading them to the bronze medal.[3]


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