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|Artist||photo taken by flickr user brookenovak|
|Desc||w:Georgia Tech basketball player w:Javaris Crittenton.|
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American basketball player
Javaris Crittenton is ...
|Born||31 December 1987 in Atlanta|
|Age||35 years, 6 months|
|Sex or gender||male|
|Country of citizenship||United States of America|
|Country for sport||United States of America|
|Member of sports team||Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards, Zhejiang Lions and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball|
|Educated at||Georgia Institute of Technology and Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy|
About Javaris Crittenton
Javaris Crittenton was born on December 31, 1987, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a highly-touted high school basketball player, earning McDonald's All-American honors in 2006. Crittenton went on to play college basketball at Georgia Tech, where he averaged 14.4 points and 5.8 assists per game in his sophomore season.
In 2007, Crittenton declared for the NBA draft and was selected 19th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played sparingly in his rookie season, averaging just 3.3 points and 2.4 assists per game. Crittenton was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008, where he saw more playing time but struggled with injuries.
In 2009, Crittenton was traded again, this time to the Washington Wizards. It was during his time with the Wizards that Crittenton made headlines for the wrong reasons. In December 2009, he and teammate Gilbert Arenas were involved in a locker room altercation that resulted in Crittenton pulling out a gun. He was suspended for the remainder of the season and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge.
After his suspension, Crittenton struggled to find a place in the NBA. He played briefly for the Charlotte Bobcats and the D-League's Dakota Wizards before heading overseas to play in China and Venezuela.
In 2011, Crittenton was arrested on drug charges in Georgia. He was later indicted on charges of murder in connection with a drive-by shooting in Atlanta. Crittenton pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2015 and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
Javaris Crittenton's story is a cautionary tale of a promising basketball career derailed by off-court issues. His talent on the court was undeniable, but his actions off the court ultimately led to his downfall.
- "Javaris Crittenton." Basketball-Reference.com. https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/crittja01.html
- "Javaris Crittenton sentenced to 23 years in prison for murder." ESPN.com. https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/13675944/javaris-crittenton-sentenced-23-years-prison-murder
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