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Justin Michael Reed (January 16, 1982 – October 20, 2017)[1][2] was an American professional basketball player, who played at the small forward position.

Justin Reed
Personal information
Born(1982-01-16)January 16, 1982
Jackson, Mississippi
DiedOctober 20, 2017(2017-10-20) (aged 35)
Jackson, Mississippi
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolProvine (Jackson, Mississippi)
CollegeOle Miss (2000–2004)
NBA draft2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career2004–2009
PositionPower forward / Small forward
Career history
20042006Boston Celtics
20062007Minnesota Timberwolves
2007–2008Austin Toros
2008–2009Bakersfield Jam
Career highlights and awards


College careerEdit

Reed led the University of Mississippi's Ole Miss Rebels as part of the "Provine Posse", the three former Provine High School teammates who played together for the Rebels (the other two being Aaron Harper and David Sanders).

Under the tutelage of 2001 Naismith Coach of the Year Rod Barnes, Reed became an all-around player and a dominant force in the Southeastern Conference. An All-SEC selection in each of his four years at The University of Mississippi, Reed led the team both on the court and in the locker room. As a freshman, Reed guided the Rebels through two NCAA tournament wins en route to a first ever "Sweet Sixteen" appearance for the Ole Miss program in 2001.

NBA careerEdit

Following his successful career as a forward at the University of Mississippi, Reed was selected in the second round (40th overall) by the Boston Celtics in the 2004 NBA draft. Following one and one-half seasons with little playing time, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 26, 2006, in a multi-player deal; he enjoyed a successful 40 games with the Timberwolves and, at season's end, became a restricted free agent. Minnesota then rewarded him with a three-year contract worth $4,310,500.[3]

On June 14, 2007, it was officially announced that Reed and teammate Mike James would be traded to the Houston Rockets, for Juwan Howard.[4] He was subsequently waived by the Rockets without having appeared in a single game for them.


Reed died after a battle with angiosarcoma, a cancer of the blood, on October 20, 2017.[5]


  1. ^ "Justin Reed Stats -". Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Former Ole Miss, NBA star Justin Reed dies of cancer". Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  3. ^ NBA Salaries - Houston Rockets,; accessed October 21, 2017.
  4. ^ Wolves, Rockets agree to Howard-James trade;, June 14, 2007.
  5. ^ Bradley, Logan. "Former Celtic Passes Away at 35 Years Old". Retrieved October 20, 2017.

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