James shooting a free throw while playing for Texas
|Small forward / Shooting guard|
October 7, 1987 |
Hobbs, New Mexico
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Nacogdoches (Nacogdoches, Texas)|
|NBA draft||2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|2010–2012||New Jersey Nets|
|2012–2013||Bakersfield Jam (D-League)|
|Career highlights and awards|
At 6'7", he was considered one of the top prospects in the country coming out of high school. He had initially signed to play college basketball at the University of Oklahoma for head coach Kelvin Sampson. When Sampson took the head coaching position at the Indiana University the administration at OU released James from his letter of intent and he switched his decision to Texas.
James started all 35 games, along with fellow freshmen Kevin Durant and D. J. Augustin, in leading the Longhorns to a 25–10 record. James averaged 25.9 minutes per contest, with 7.6 points and 7.2 rebounds.
James averaged 13.2 points and 10.3 rebounds, helping Texas win a share of the Big 12 regular season title. While talking about the Texas Longhorns on Selection Sunday, Dick Vitale said that James may be the most athletic player in all of college basketball. He also shot 43.6% from behind the arc.
James, along with A. J. Abrams and Justin Mason, started all 35 games for the Texas Longhorn basketball team that went 23–12 and advanced to the second round of the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. He averaged 15.4 points and 9.2 rebounds with double doubles in 16 of the games on his way to earning a spot on the All-Big 12 Conference Second Team. On April 15, 2009, James entered his named into the 2009 NBA Draft, without hiring an agent, and thus retaining his NCAA eligibility. On June 13, 2009, it was reported that James pulled his name from the 2009 NBA Draft after not being guaranteed a first-round draft position.
As a senior, James averaged 18.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, and one assist per game.
James was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. His rights were traded to the New Jersey Nets for the rights of the 27th pick Jordan Crawford and the 31st pick Tibor Pleiß in the 2010 NBA draft. The Hawks then sold Pleiss' rights to the Oklahoma City Thunder. On December 9, 2010, James got his first career start against the Dallas Mavericks.
On February 4, 2013, James was named to the Prospects All-Star roster for the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Texas – Season Statistics
- Damion James. basketball-reference.
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