Former Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves player Justin Reed has passed away this week at the extremely young age of 35. Reed had been diagnosed with angiosarcoma, a cancer of the inner lining of the blood vessels.
Reed was drafted with the 40th pick in the 2004 NBA draft by the Celtics out of Ole Miss in Mississippi, where he made a name for himself as one of the best players to play in their program.
Reed averaged a solid 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds a game in his senior year as a Rebel, leading the SEC in scoring in 2004. His NBA career was a step down from the highs of his college career, with Reed only averaging 3.5 points across his 3-year career, playing very limited minutes.
Regardless of his NBA career, his four seasons at Ole Miss will always be remembered, as Reed is the fifth all-time leading scorer in the school's history, and was named SEC Freshman and Newcomer of the Year in 2001 and became the first Rebel ever to earn All-SEC honors every year of his career.
Over $28,000 was raised for Reed in his fight against cancer, but unfortunately it wasn't enough. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Reed's family and loved ones after his departure.