As we know, Nelson has surpassed Shaquille O'Neal on the Orlando Magic's all-time scoring list on Sunday's game against the Raptors. The legendary big man himself, has been beaten scoring wise in Orlando by a blue-collar point guard in Jameer Nelson. Since this is a relatively big thing for the franchise, this Fanpost is going to list a few things you may not have known about him.
Nelson was born in Chester, Pennsylvania on February 9th, 1982. When he decided he wanted a life revolving around basketball, he attended St. Joseph's University in the 2000-2001 NCAA season. He stayed in college all four years, and his senior year was literally his best. He won the Oscar Robertson trophy, AP Player of the Year award, Bob Cousy award, and a couple of more achievements as well.
Maybe you didn't know, but Nelson wasn't drafted by the Magic. He was originally grabbed by the Denver Nuggets, but later was traded to Orlando as the 20th pick in the first round. He's been a Magic ever since.
His all-time high career season in scoring was the '08-'09 NBA season (16.7 ppg). Also, his career season in assists, rebounds, and steals was last season averaging 7.4 assists, 3.7 boards, and 1.3 steals.
A little bit about his personal life, on August 30th, 2007, Nelson's father, Floyd "Pete" Nelson was reported missing after disappearing at his Chester tugboat repair shop located along the docks of the Delaware River at Front Street and Highland Avenue. Authorities said no one saw his father fall into the water. Nelson arrived at the search scene the next morning. On September 2nd, 2007, Floyd Nelson's body was found floating in the Delaware River. His death was ruled accidental.
Very unfortunate part of Nelson's life, but on a bright side, on July 5th, 2008, he married his longtime girlfriend Imani Tillery. He does have a child, and his name is Jameer Jr.
This is one loyal Magic right here. I'm more than glad he is still with us after this season's trade deadline. He may retire in blue and white, or he may not. Whatever the future brings him, "Mighty Mouse" will always be a Magic at heart.