how's it going fellas my name is Andy and today we're gonna take a look at eight NBA players who passed away in the middle of their primes I know there's unfortunately been a lot of deaths throughout NBA history but for this video we're only gonna narrow it down to players who died let's say from the ages of 25 to 30 so I'm gonna leave out guys like Len Bias and Hank Gathers who I mean I'm sure you know their stories already anyway but they passed away at a really young age the other criteria is that they must have been playing for an NBA team at the time as well all right without further ado let's get started number 8 Jason Collier Jason was the 15th overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Bucks but then he was traded to the Rockets on draft day he was a seven-foot Center who threw out his NBA career played primarily as a backup for the Rockets and the Hawks unfortunately right before he was about to begin his sixth NBA season he was found dead in his home it was a complete shock since the doctors never found anything wrong with him in the preseason medical check-up initially the cause of death was uncertain but what happened was during a Saturday morning call EA all of a sudden collapsed he had trouble breathing and his face turned blue according to his wife and then he ended up passing away in the ambulance on the way to the hospital later on the cause of death was found to be complications caused by an enlarged hearts kaalia was 28 years old and averaged about 6 points and 3 rebounds for his career number 7 Terry furlough a legendary college player at Michigan State during the 1970s he was one of the best players in the school's history he was drafted in 1976 to the Philadelphia 76ers but he was quickly traded a couple of times I never got consistent minutes in the four seasons Furlow played in the NBA he was on four different teams in the 1979 to 80 season at just 25 years old it looked like his career had turned around he was having a great season after getting traded to the Jazz averaging about 16 points and four assists per game but then shortly after the season ended furlough was killed when he was driving on a highway and crashed into a pole so what seemed like a promising turnaround to his career just ended way too soon number six Eddie Griffin one of the more brutal deaths so Griffin was drafted in 2001 by the New Jersey Nets but he was immediately traded to the Rockets for a Jason Collins Brandon Armstrong and Richard Jefferson and this turned out to be a good trade for the nets Griffin was amazing in high school and college but he didn't live up to expectations in the NBA he averaged like nine points six rebounds a game in his first two years in Houston and during his time there he also had some problems off the court with alcohol and drug abuse during the 2007 offseason Griffin was driving his car and did not realize where he was he ended up crashing into a moving train and instantly died on the spot the crash caused a huge fire and his body was in such a bad state that the only way he was identified was through his dental records Dwayne Casey who coached him in Minnesota said that everybody tried to help him from the top to the bottom of the organization he just couldn't get it straight it's a tragic ending for a beautiful kid he had a beautiful heart number five Reggie Lewis now I'm sure most of you have already heard of the story of Reggie Lewis he was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1987 and he made major improvements in this game as his career progressed by 1992 he was an all-star and averaged over 20 points a game so it looked like he was gonna have a great career ahead of him however he would never get the chance Lewis suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away during the middle of a practice in the 1993 offseason he showed prior symptoms of heart problems before this incident like when he collapsed during a playoff game earlier that year but even so this was still awful he was 27 years old and originally it was thought that Lewis's heart issues were caused by cocaine use but his family claimed that it wasn't the case and the reports of the cause of his cardiac arrest are still inconsistent after his death the Celtics honored Lewis by retiring his number 35 jersey number for Bobby Phil's Phil's was the 45th overall pick in the 1991 draft and usually players who are picked at that low never even play an NBA game but he had an incredible work ethic and he earned himself a long NBA year because of his great defense in the 1995 to 96 season he was named to the All Defensive second team and Michael Jordan even said that Bobby Phil's was the toughest defender he had ever faced well Jordan probably said that to a lot of people but it's still a great compliment throughout his career Phil's developed his jumper and he was the prototype for the modern three nd role player strong and physical on defense but he also had a great three-point shot on offense unfortunately On January 12 2004 but it went out of control and he collided with a minivan he was killed instantly and it was only a few weeks after his 30th birthday too he finished his career with averages of 11 points 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game shooting 39% from three number three Malik Sealy unfortunately a couple of months after the death of Bobby Phil's another car accident happened on May 20th mm my leg at hit by a drunk driver who was driving a truck going the wrong direction on a highway it was a head-on collision and Seeley ended up getting killed on the spot at the time he was playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves and he was actually one of Kevin Garnett's best friends in fact he got killed in that car accident a few hours after he was done celebrating kgs 24th birthday which is just awful to think about especially since they were really close so in honor of Seeley the Wolves retired his number two jersey Garnett also had his name tattooed on his arm and also wrote his name on the shoes he wore in the games Seeley was the guy who brought him out of his shell and he instilled confidence and a ferociousness in him during his rise to superstardom if it wasn't for Seeley we probably would have never seen the kg that we all know today number 2 Konrad McRae McRae is one of the lesser-known players on this list and in fact he never actually played in an NBA game but at the time of his death he was playing for the Orlando Magic summer league team he was 29 years old at the time and spent his previous years playing overseas for a couple of different European teams McRae was still chasing his dreams of making it to the NBA though and in the summer of 2000 he finally got his chance but during the middle of a practice with the Orlando Magic he collapsed and died so it was just not a happy ending he had a couple of blackouts in the middle of games before so doctors actually advised him to quit basketball but McRae still had hopes of playing in the NBA and when he finally had a good chance of making a roster it suddenly ended number one Drazen Petrovic definitely the most iconic player on this list even before coming to the NBA Petrovic was one of the greatest European basketball players ever he won multiple Euroleague titles and battled against the USA dream team in the 92 Olympics in the NBA he averaged over 20 points a game with the Nets but it turns out that it would be his last season Petrovic was travelling in Germany and didn't have a seatbelt on and ended up getting killed in a car accident I actually made a previous video that covered petrovitch's life and basketball career in more detail so I'll put an annotation if anyone's interested in that video you can check it out too but yeah as you probably figured his death shocked the entire world at the time he was a very high-profile athlete and he was pretty much well known by everyone in the basketball community guys like Reggie Miller Michael Jordan and other shooting guards have said that Petrovic is one of the hardest players they've ever guarded he was only 28 years old at the time of his death that's all folks I know there's been some other players who passed away recently but in this video I only wanted to cover the players who died in the middle of their primes while playing for an NBA team but of course it's all pretty bad nobody wants to see anyone die I hope this video was not too dark for anyone watching anyway that's basically it thank you everyone so much for watching I put all of the sources in the description so you can read more about these deaths if you want I'll see you next time guys peace

8 NBA Players Who…Died In Their Primes

20 thoughts on “8 NBA Players Who…Died In Their Primes

  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Good and sad video. I wish all of those guys would of continued their careers, especially Reggie Lewis and Drazen Petrovic. The Celtics probably wouldn't had been so bad in the 90's and Petrovic would of had a legendary career.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Damn imagine losing your life and your in the NBA ๐Ÿ˜“

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    You pronounced Jason colliers' name correctly the first time, then gave it a french pronunciation the last two. Just an observation that details are important to show respect to the deceased and their family when referring to someone.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Yo digging your channel ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿฟ

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Lewisโ€™ story gives me the chills

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Petroviฤ‡ was incredibly good

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Petrovic died on the way to signing with Panathinaikos former home of Dominique Wilkins, Byron Scott

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Damn Len Bias and Reggie Lewis both could have made the C's championship contendors during the '90s. How ironic the Celtic's logo is a leprechaun.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Such great players gone way too soon rest in peace.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    I feel sad for those who passed before thier time๐Ÿ™

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    They will be remembered
    and with honored they were
    people before basketball.
    May…they all rest in peace
    and this is definitely the worse downside of basketball captured with prime player's of the past.
    (EVERYONE MENTIONED)
    (THANK YOU)
    (R.I.P.)

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    ABA: Wendell Ladner.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Yinka Dare? Played only a few years, but passed away in 2004.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Rest in paradise to all of the fallen NBA Players!

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Reggie Lewis should be a Hall of Famer if he didn't die ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    All this killing in these car dont sound Wright…

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Wow NBA players
    Are really bad at Driving

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