#5 Jason Hart
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6'3" 185 lbs Guard
HS: Inglewood Inglewood, CA
HS: Westchester Westchester, CA
Born: 4/29/1979 Los Angeles, CA
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
1996-97 Fr G 32 32 1142 113 298 37.9% 58 84 69.0% 23 70 32.9% 184 113 83 30 85 3 99 90 2 307 9.6 5.8 3.5
1997-98 So G 35 35 1199 120 328 36.6% 91 133 68.4% 25 96 26.0% 174 126 88 38 98 2 123 79 3 356 10.1 5.0 3.6
1998-99 Jr G 33 32 1068 167 410 40.7% 71 96 74.0% 53 145 36.6% 143 98 76 22 100 2 103 101 6 458 13.9 4.3 3.0
1999-00 Sr G 32 32 1083 125 304 41.1% 94 128 73.4% 38 115 33.0% 208 96 80 16 78 0 111 59 3 382 11.9 6.0 3.0
Career    
132
131
4492
525
1340
39.2%
314
441
71.2%
139
426
32.6%
709
433
327
106
361
7
436
329
14
1503
11.4
5.4
3.3

Jason Hart was a tremendous defensive player and four year starter at point guard for Syracuse. Hart was an exceptionally quick player, able to defend opposing point guards well. With his speed and ability to drive the lane, he was able to be a good rebounder for his size. Hart's weakness was that he was often reckless when driving to the basket, and was Jason Hartprone to offensive fouls and turnovers. He was never a consistent scorer, though he could drive to the hoop.

Hart almost did not come to Syracuse. After he had enrolled, he attempted to back out of his commitment and instead considered west coast schools such as UCLA or UNLV. However, he eventually held to his original commitment.

Hart would be a starter the first game his freshman year, replacing the departed Lazarus Sims who had graduated. The Orangemen would struggle that season to find the leadership lost by the departed Sims and John Wallace, and would go to the NIT. Hart would be named to the Big East All-Rookie team.

With Hart, Etan Thomas and Ryan Blackwell on the squad together, Syracuse would start to develop into a tough defensive team. The team improved Hart's sophomore season and made it to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Hart was still inconsistent, though capable of making spectacular plays.

Hart attempted to become more of a scoring threat his junior season, and he would lead the team in scoring. The net result was that his playmaking skills suffered, and the Orangemen struggled again on offense. Hart would earn Big East Third Team honors that year.

Hart would help guide a balanced offensive team his senior year, and one of the top defensive teams in the country. He was still turnover prone, but Hart returned to his playmaking focus, and his teammates benefited. Syracuse would win the Big East Regular season title, and make it to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA. Hart would earn Big East First Team honors. He would leave Syracuse as the school's #2 all time assist man behind Sherman Douglas, and was the school's all-time leader in steals.

Hart would be drafted in the 2nd round of the 2000 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks (with the 49th overall pick). He would hurt his back his rookie season and play only one game for the Bucks. Hart would be cut after the season and joined Asheville of the NBDL. Midway through that season, he was called up the San Antonio Spurs and finished that season in the NBA as a reserve.

He was again cut, this time by the Spurs, so in 2002-2003 he played for Makedonikos in the Greek league. In 2003-04 he was resigned by the San Antonio Spurs and was a reserve guard for the season. He would end up with the Charlotte Bobcats the following season, and for the first time would have an opportunity to be a starter (for part of the season).

In the 2005-06 season he ended up with the Sacramento Kings, where he again was a reserve. He was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in the middle of the 2006-07 season, where he became the starting point guard for the remainder of the season.

NBA Career Statistics
Season Pos G Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3FGA 3FGM % Asst Reb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2000-01 G 1
10
1
1
100.0%
0
0
---
0
0
---
1
0
0
2
0
0
2
2.0
1.0
0.0
2001-02 G
10
92
10
19
52.6%
6
6
100.0%
0
2
0.0%
12
13
16
8
7
1
26
2.6
1.2
1.3
2003-04 G
53
660
71
159
44.7%
33
43
76.7%
2
9
22.2%
81
79
59
29
28
5
177
3.3
1.5
1.5
2004-05 G
74
1887
257
573
44.9%
157
200
78.5%
35
95
36.8%
367
203
167
102
99
14
706
9.5
5.0
2.7
2005-06 G
66
818
86
221
38.9%
37
56
66.1%
9
31
29.0%
70
71
85
43
31
5
218
3.3
1.1
1.1
2006-07 G
36
845
100
224
44.6%
42
47
89.4%
7
29
24.1%
103
98
83
38
44
1
249
6.9
2.9
2.7
2007-08 G
57
606
58
180
42.3%
38
45
84.4%
11
31
35.5%
86
55
75
28
30
3
165
2.9
1.5
1.0
2008-09 G
39
348
30
94
31.9%
18
23
78.3%
0
6
0.0%
48
46
39
22
12
4
78
2.0
1.2
1.2
2009-10 G
5
22
1
2
50.0%
0
0
---
0
0
---
6
2
4
3
2
1
2
0.4
1.2
0.4
Total
G
341
5,287
614
1,473
41.7%
331
420
78.8%
64
203
31.5%
774
567
528
-
275
253
34
1,623
4.8
2.3
1.7

Hart would sign with the Utah Jazz as a free agent in 2007. He would sign with the Clippers as a free agent for the 2008-09 season, and play 28 games for them, before being traded to the Denver Nuggets, joining former Orangeman Carmelo Anthony. He would see reduced playing time with the Nuggets, but would make the playoffs.

Hart would play for nine different NBA teams in his career: Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Hornets.

Hart would enter the coaching profession upon retiring. His first year of high school coaching was the 2011-2012 season where he coached Taft High School (Los Angeles) to a 29-4 record and the Los Angeles City Section Division I title. He then entered the collegiate coaching ranks as an assistant coach at Pepperdine University.

Hart was the cousin of former Syracuse forward Howard Triche. Hart was named to Syracuse's All Century Team in 2000, and was awarded the Vic Hanson Award in 2011.

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