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)|
|2013–2014||Bakersfield Jam (D-League)|
|2014||Texas Legends (D-League)|
|2014||San Antonio Spurs|
|2014–2015||Texas Legends (D-League)|
|2015||Alaska Aces (Philippines)|
|Career highlights and awards|
High school career
Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, James was listed as the No. 7 small forward and the No. 17 player in the nation in 2006. He had initially signed to play college basketball at the University of Oklahoma for head coach Kelvin Sampson but when Sampson took the head coaching position at 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 Longhorns 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 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 later traded to the New Jersey Nets for the rights of the 27th pick Jordan Crawford and 31st pick Tibor Pleiß. On July 15, 2010, he signed a multi-year deal with the Nets and subsequently joined them for the 2010 NBA Summer League. On December 9, 2010, James got his first career start against the Dallas Mavericks.
In January 2012, it was announced that James would miss the rest of the 2011–12 NBA season after undergoing surgery to replace the screw that had been inserted in the broken right foot he suffered the previous season.
On September 12, 2012, he signed with the Atlanta Hawks. However, he was later waived by the Hawks on October 27, 2012.
On February 4, 2013, James was named to the Prospects All-Star roster for the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game.
In July 2013, James joined the Brooklyn Nets for the Orlando Summer League and the Miami Heat for the Las Vegas Summer League. On September 30, 2013, James signed with the Denver Nuggets. However, he was later waived by the Nuggets on October 26, 2013.
On December 5, 2013, James was reacquired by the Bakersfield Jam. On February 20, 2014, he was traded to the Texas Legends. On April 3, 2014, he signed a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs. On April 13, 2014, he signed with the Spurs for the rest of the season. On June 15, 2014, he won his first NBA championship after the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 4 games to 1 in the 2014 NBA Finals.
In July 2014, James joined the Detroit Pistons for the 2014 NBA Summer League. On September 29, 2014, he signed with the Washington Wizards. However, he was later waived by the Wizards on October 25, 2014. On November 3, 2014, he was reacquired by the Texas Legends. On February 17, 2015, he terminated his contract with the Legends. The next day, he signed with the Alaska Aces as an import for the 2015 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
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|
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