Jamario Raman Moon is a professional basketball player from the United States of America. Moon attended the Meridian Community College where he was quite prolific with a 20.8 points per game average as well as 8.7 rebounds. His performance, however, was not good enough to get picked in the 2001 NBA Draft so instead, moon signed up with the Lakeland Ducks in the USBL.
He stayed in the league for the next few years, signing up with the Mobile Revelers and playing with them for 3 seasons, between 2001 and 2003. In the middle, in 2002, Moon had a short stint at the Dodge City Legends however he came back to the Revelers to end the season. In 2003-04, Moon declared for the NBA D-League Draft and was picked at 43rd overall, by the Huntsville Flight. Moon played out the basketball season at the Huntsville Flight before joining the Oklahoma Storm in 2004.
The very same year, Moon had a stint with the exhibitionists at the Harlem Globetrotters, in the off-season, before moving on to the Rockford Lightning for the 2004-05 season. Moon re-entered the 2005 NBA D-League in 2005 where he was picked at 52nd overall by the Arkansas RimRockers. However, Moon was traded out to the Kentucky Colonels, and then to the Rome Gladiators before moving to the CBL with the Albany Patrons to complete the 2005-06 season.
In 2006, Moon moved back to the D-League where he joined the Fort Worth Flyers and then moved to the Marietta Storm. When things weren’t improving in the United States, this basketball journeyman decided to move to the Mexican Basketball League where he joined Fuerza Regia for the 2006-07 season before returning to the United States of America and joined the Gary Steelheads.
In July of 2007, Moon went to another one of his mini-camps with NBA teams but this time, things turned out differently. He impressed the Toronto Raptors coaching staff and ended up signing a two-year deal with the Raptors. Moon went on to score 12 points, 6 rebounds as well as 3 steals in the 23 minutes he played on his debut against the Chicago Bulls. Moon went on to break the club record by scoring at least one block in 12 consecutive games.
In February of 2008, Moon was named as the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for January. 12 days later, the Toronto Raptors decided to trade him out to the Miami Heat along with Jermaine O’Neal in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks.
At the end of the season, Moon was given an offer by the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 3-year deal worth $8.92 million, which the Heat refused to match. In 2008, Moon was invited to participate in the NBA All-Star Weekend where he was part of the Rookie team in the Rookie Challenge. He was also invited for the Slam Dunk Contest where he finished third behind Dwight Howard and Gerald Green.