Jamario Moon’s middle name should be “Determination.” Born in Alabama and attending high school in Coosa County, Moon played college basketball at a community college. He entered the 2001 NBA Draft, but was not selected. Now, here’s where the fun really starts. While some undrafted players do eventually claw their way into the NBA, it’s rare. And of the select players who do accomplish this feat, it usually happens very quickly. Certainly within a year or two. Maybe three at the most. By then, if the player still isn’t wearing an NBA jersey, he usually winds up overseas for the duration of his career.
But Jamario had his heart set on the NBA, and that was never going to change. And rules were made to be broken. So, after spending over half a decade bouncing around the D-League and also playing in multiple minor leagues that aren’t even remotely close to NBA-caliber, Moon beat all odds by finally latching onto the Toronto Raptors. And then proceeded to carve out a respectable career.
As an NBA rookie in the 2007-08 season, Moon averaged 8.5 points per game for the Raptors, playing 27.8 minutes per game, and starting 75 of the 78 games he played. After several seasons with Toronto, Moon was a solid contributor for the Heat, Cavaliers, Clippers and Bobcats. His NBA career average was 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists on impressive 46.1% shooting from the field. Now he’ll get buckets in the Champions Basketball League.
Pro Career: D-League, Other Leagues and Overseas (2001-07) Toronto Raptors (2007-08), Raptors and Miami Heat (2008-09), Cleveland Cavaliers (2009-10), Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers (2010-11), Charlotte Bobcats (2011-12), D-League and Overseas (2012-16)
Career Highlights & Awards:
- NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2008)
- All-USBL First Team (2007)
- USBL All-Defensive Team (2007)
- All-CBA First Team (2007)
- CBA Defensive Player of the Year (2007)
- CBA All-Defensive Team (2007)
- CBA All-Star (2006)
- WBA champion (2005)
- All-WBA Fourth Team (2005)
- WBA All-Defensive Team (2005)
Post-Pro Career: Moon’s pro career hasn’t stopped. He’s still looking to ball with the best.
- After his NBA playing days, Moon continues to ball at a high level
- He’s a noted defensive player