JockBio Vital Stats
  • Dallas Mavericks • Guard • #31
  • Height: 6' 2"
• Weight: 180 • Born: 1/3/81
  • Jason endured terrible loss as a teenager. At a family picnic to celebrate his older sister’s departure for college, his two-year-old brother, Caleb, wandered off and drowned.
  • When Jason led the Pac-10 in points, assists and steals as a senior, he became the first player to do so since his childhood hero, Gary Payton.
  • In college, Jason always slept in his uniform the night before a game.
  • When he graduated from Arizona, Jason was the only Wildcat in history to finish his career with more than 1,000 points and 200 steals.
  • Only four Seattle-area players have been picked higher than Jason in the NBA draft—Elgin Baylor, Eddie Miles, Tom Workman and Detlef Schrempf.
  • Jason was the sixth point guard Lute Olson sent to the NBA. The first five were Ronnie Lester, Steve Kerr, Damon Stoudamire, Khalid Reeves and Mike Bibby.
  • Jason was the first Hawk since Stacey Augmon to make the NBA’s All-Rookie team.
  • Jason recorded his first NBA triple-double in a 2003 game against the Chicago Bulls.
  • In 2002-03, Jason became only the third Atlanta player to top 600 assists in a season. Mookie Blaylock and Doc Rivers were the first two.
  • In 2004-05, Jason and Steve Nash were the only players to shoot 80% from the line, 50% from the field and 40% from three-point range.
  • Jason was the third Mav to be be named Sixth Man of the Year. The first two were Roy Tarpley and Antawn Jamison.
  • Jason has the number 206 tattooed on his chest. It is his hometown area code. He also has a tattoo of Underdog.
  • Jason talked to a couple of sports agents while at Arizona and later admitted accepting money from them. This came to light after he graduated, and the university instituted an immediate self-imposed sanction, forfeiting its money from the 1999 NCAA Tournament.
  • Jason has invested in his hometown, establishing summer camps and building a computer lab where neighborhood kids can do their homework after school.
  • Jason and his wife, Johnyika, have four daughters. He coaches Jasionna’s AAU basketball team. In 2010 they took second at the nationals.
  • Jason’s favorite pre-game meal is chicken fingers.

 


 

 


Elgin Baylor,
2004 Sports Collectors Digest

 

 


Mike Bibby, 2002 SI for Kids



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