Unfortunately, not all stories of NBA players who have reached the highest level of basketball have a fairy tale ending, and the case of Javaris Crittenton is a prime example.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Javaris was a successful high school player, even playing with Dwight Howard at one point. The team’s impressive numbers and success would make Crittenton an All-American and Mr. Georgia of Basketball.
Georgie Tech would recruit and get their hands on Javaris, as he showed leadership qualities in his first season and proved he could play at the professional level. After averaging 14.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, and 5.8 apg in his lone season in college, Javaris would declare for the draft and be selected by the Lakers 19th in 2007.
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Although the potential was there for the 6’5” combo guard, Crittenton’s NBA career would only last two seasons, and he would be traded in those two seasons, averaging 5.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 1.8 apg in just 113 games. , before finally leaving to play abroad in China and in the D-Leauge.
One of the main reasons Crittenton was dropped after just two seasons was the notorious locker room gun incident with Gilbert Arenas, but that moment would turn out to be no coincidence, as the career Javaris’ basketball game and his life off the court all but ended precisely because of a gun.
A difficult life outside the court
In August 2011, months after his last basketball appearance in the D-Leauge, Javaris would be charged with the murder of a 22-year-old mother of four named Jullian Jones. Apparently Crittenton was trying to shoot a guy robbing him and kick the innocent woman in the leg, causing her to die later in surgery.
Javaris would be released on bail, but his connections to gangs, drug dealing, and other murders over the next few years would land him in trouble with the law. All would eventually admit Crittenton to intentional homicide with a weapon and aggravated assault with a firearm, sentenced to 23 years, with a release date of 2036.
It was a sad outcome of events for a young man with all the talent in the world to become a reliable NBA player and a successful person. But his connections outside of basketball, his involvement in gangs, and his bad influence have truly led him down a destructive path, for which he is paying a huge price.