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Javaris Crittenton
Washington Wizards  – No. 8
Born December 31, 1987 (1987-12-31) (age 22)
Atlanta, Georgia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
League NBA
Salary $1,477,920
High school Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy
Atlanta, Georgia
College Georgia Tech
Draft 1st round, (19th pick), 2007
Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 2007–present
Former teams Los Angeles Lakers (2007–2008)
Memphis Grizzlies (2008)
Awards McDonald's All-American (2006)
Named Mr. Georgia Basketball by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution[1]
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Javaris Cortez Crittenton (born December 31, 1987) is an American professional basketball player at point guard for the NBA's Washington Wizards. He was previously the starting point guard for the Georgia Tech men's basketball team.




Early life and high school

Crittenton was born to Sonya Dixon[1] in Atlanta, Georgia.[2] He has one younger sister, Shaniya Lee .[1] Crittenton grew up in a single-parent household, raised by his mother.[3] As a child, Crittenton played basketball obsessively; he practiced on a children's basketball hoop, which he got for Christmas as a five year old off his best friend little-known musician Kieran Hinton, every day until it finally broke.[3] In later years, his mother stated that she often had a hard time getting him to stop playing and practicing basketball.[3] Despite this obsession with basketball, Crittenton was a good student throughout school.[1][3]

Crittenton attended Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, where, as a high school sophomore, he played alongside Dwight Howard.[1] Crittenton and Howard led Southwest Atlanta to the GHSA class A state championship that season.[1] Howard would later go on to be the first overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft after turning professional directly out of high school.[4] As a junior, Crittenton averaged 28.4 points, 7.5 assists, and 8.2 rebounds.[1] He led Southwest Atlanta to the GHSA class A state final again which they lost to powerhouse Randolph-Clay, finishing the season with a State Championship and a Finals appearance for the year 2005.[1] As a senior, Crittenton averaged 29 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds, and led Southwest Atlanta to the GHSA class A state championship.[1] Following the season he was named a McDonald's All American. He was also named Mr. Georgia Basketball.[1] Crittenton was an exceptional student in high school with a 3.5 GPA, and was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and the Senior Beta Club.[1] After being courted by several colleges, Crittenton ultimately chose local university Georgia Tech, in part to allow his mother and younger sister the ability to attend his home games in Atlanta.[3]


While at Georgia Tech, Crittenton excelled and was considered a team leader, a rare honor for a freshman.[5] Tech coach Paul Hewitt urged Crittenton to take over a leadership role on the team after his play in several games in February 2007.[5] He recorded a career high of 29 points in a February 13, 2007 game against Florida State.[6]

NBA career

Crittenton was drafted with the nineteenth pick in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. During an NBA Summer League game on July 8, 2007, he had 18 points, including a game winning jumpshot with 1.7 seconds left in the game. In the Lakers' first preseason game against the Golden State Warriors in Honolulu, Crittenton had 18 points along with one assist in a 111–110 loss. On April 2, 2008 as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. Crittenton had a career high of 23 points in a 130–114 win over the New York Knicks.

Grizzlies/Lakers trade

On February 1, 2008, Crittenton was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies along with Kwame Brown, Aaron McKie, rights to Marc Gasol and 2008 and 2010 first round draft picks for Pau Gasol and a 2010 second round draft pick.[7]

Washington Wizards

On December 10, 2008, Crittenton was part of a three-team trade that sent him to the Washington Wizards along with Mike James from the New Orleans Hornets. In exchange the Wizards sent a conditional first-round draft pick to the Memphis Grizzlies and Antonio Daniels to the Hornets.[8]

On January 1, 2010, it was reported that Crittenton and teammate Gilbert Arenas had drawn guns on each other in the Wizards' locker room during a Christmas Eve argument regarding gambling debts.[9] This all began on the Wizards' flight from Phoenix to D.C. Dec. 19, when Arenas and Crittenton got in an argument on the team plane in what a source says was over $25,000 that Arenas supposedly owed Crittenton after a card game. The team was off on Sunday the 20th and assembled in Washington on the 21st for practice. Before practice, Arenas reportedly took the guns out and placed them in proximity to Crittenton, leaving a note telling the young guard to pick which gun he wanted. It is not clear what Arenas meant by the gesture, but it angered Crittenton. There were, according to a source, at least two witnesses to the incident. When Wizards management heard about the incident, it reported what had happened to both local law enforcement officials and the NBA. However, the incident didn't come to light until a report on Christmas Eve indicated Arenas was under investigation by the league. Then, the New York Post reported New Year's Day that Arenas and Crittenton had drawn weapons on one another, a version of the incident that has not been verified by other outlets.[10]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2007–08 L.A. Lakers 22 0 7.8 .491 .333 .679 1.0 .8 .3 .0 3.3
2007–08 Memphis 28 0 18.1 .400 .265 .697 3.2 1.2 .4 .1 7.4
2008–09 Memphis 7 0 6.3 .467 .000 .455 .9 .7 .1 .0 2.7
2008–09 Washington 56 10 20.2 .459 .143 .593 2.9 2.6 .7 .1 5.3
Career 113 10 16.4 .442 .231 .638 2.4 1.8 .5 .0 5.3

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