JamesOn Curry

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JamesOn Curry
Guard
Personal information
Born (1986-01-07) January 7, 1986 (age 28)
Pleasant Grove, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Eastern Alamance
(Mebane, North Carolina)
College Oklahoma State (2004–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51st overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2008 Chicago Bulls
2007–2008 Iowa Energy (D-League)
2008 Pau-Orthez (France)
2009 Iowa Energy (D-League)
2009–2010 Springfield Armor (D-League)
2010 Los Angeles Clippers
2010–2011 Springfield Armor (D-League)
2011 Toros de Aragua (Venezuela)
2011–2012 Springfield Armor (D-League)
2012 Basket Barcellona (Italy)
2013–2014 Springfield Armor (D-League)
2014 Bakersfield Jam (D-League)

JamesOn Curry (born January 7, 1986) is an American professional basketball player. He played for Oklahoma State University from 2004–2007, and after forgoing his senior season, left for the NBA Draft. He was selected in the 2nd round, and 51st overall by the Chicago Bulls. After a stint in the NBA Development League, he was waived by the Bulls, and never played a regular season game for them.[1] In January 2010 he made his NBA debut, playing 3.9 seconds for the Los Angeles Clippers: to this day, his only NBA regular season appearance. He has also played professionally in Europe.

High school career[edit]

Curry attended Eastern Alamance High School, in Mebane, North Carolina, where he set the all-time North Carolina high school scoring record with 3,307 points.

He averaged 40.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game as a senior and was a two-time Associated Press All-State first team selection.

College career[edit]

Curry scored an OSU freshman all-time NCAA Tournament-best 18 points in the 2005 second round game against Southern Illinois on March 20, 2005.[2][3]

He helped Oklahoma State to a 26–7 record, the Big 12 Tournament crown and the 2005 NCAA Sweet Sixteen as a freshman in 2004–05; he started 15 of 33 games played and averaged 9.4 ppg. and 2.8 apg. and averaged 14.3 ppg. in three 2005 NCAA games.

He finished the season ranked ninth among Big 12 leaders in conference games for 3-point field goals made (1.75 per game).

He scored 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting, in his first start versus Colorado on January 30, 2005.[2][4] He made six three-pointers out of 8 attempts,[2] including 5-for-5 in the second half, in which he scored 17 of his 22.[5] He matched his career-high 22 points in a 79–67 victory over Oklahoma on February 7, 2005.[2][6]

In his freshman season, Curry scored in double digits in 15 games, including twice over 20 points.

Highlights of his sophomore season include a career-high 30 points in a 97–61 victory over Mercer on December 18, 2005,[7] and a 22-point, nine-rebound effort in an 81–60 win over Texas on February 19, 2006.[8] He recorded a double-double, scoring 16 points and making a career-high 10 assists[4][9] in a 90–56 win over Detroit on November 22, 2005, and matched that assists total against Gonzaga in a 64–62 loss on December 10, 2005.[2][4][10]

In his junior season, on November 29, 2006, Curry scored a career-high 35 points (on 12-for-19 shooting) to go along with a season-high 9 assists[2][4] with no turnovers in a 95–73 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.[11] On January 16, 2007, Curry scored 28 points and grabbed a season-high 9 rebounds[4] in 52 minutes played in a 105–103 triple-overtime win over Texas.[12] On March 3, 2007, Curry scored a new career-high 40 points,[4] including a career-high 7 three-pointers[2][4] out of ten attempts,[2][13] in an 86–82 loss to Baylor.[14]

Professional career[edit]

The Chicago Bulls selected Curry with the 51st overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. On August 2, 2007, the Bulls announced that Curry had signed a contract and will wear number 20. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.[15][16]

On July 31, 2008, the Bulls waived Curry.[17][18][19] By releasing him, the Bulls were only obligated to pay $100,000 of his partially guaranteed salary for 2008–09.[1]

In August 2008, he was signed by Pau-Orthez of the French league,[20][21] but was waived in October after failing to impress coaching staff.[22] He later joined Proteas EKA AEL, a Cypriot team in Limassol.[2]

On January 22, 2010, Curry was signed by the Los Angeles Clippers out of the Springfield Armor, for whom he had been averaging 16.1 points, 7.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds.[23] He was released by the Clippers on January 26, when the team acquired Bobby Brown.[24] He only played a total of 3.9 seconds during his tenure.[25]

NBA D-League career[edit]

The Bulls assigned Curry to their NBA Development League affiliate Iowa Energy on November 15, 2007,[26][27] then recalled him to the NBA on December 17[26][28] but soon after re-assigned him to Iowa on January 7, 2008.[26][29] He was recalled later that month.[26][30] Curry played 13 games as a starter for Iowa during the 2007-08 season, averaging 20.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.08 steals per game in 39.7 minutes per game. He also shot .463 from the floor, including .377 from three-point range, and .719 from the free throw line.[30] Curry was selected 14th overall in the 2009 NBA D-League Draft by the expansion Springfield Armor on November 5. It was their first-ever pick.[31] Curry was selected to play in the 2012 NBA D-League All-Star Game in Orlando.

On November 1, 2013, he was re-acquired by the Springfield Armor.[32] On January 2, 2014, he was traded to the Bakersfield Jam.[33] On March 19, 2014, he was waived by the Jam due to a season-ending injury.

Legal problems[edit]

In February 2004, Curry was among 49 students arrested in a drug raid that involved North Carolina's Alamance County school system.[18] He was charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two counts of sale and delivery of marijuana, and two counts of sale, possession, and delivery of a controlled substance on school grounds.[18][34] Curry pleaded guilty to the drug charges, and the University of North Carolina, with whom he had signed a letter-of-intent, rescinded the scholarship to him.[18] In the early morning of January 17, 2008, he was arrested in Boise, Idaho and pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and urinating in public.[35] Police took him to the Ada County jail. He was released a few hours later after posting $600 bond.[35] The Chicago Bulls suspended him one game after he pleaded guilty to the two misdemeanors.[19]

Personal[edit]

JamesOn Curry was brought up on a tobacco farm in rural North Carolina in Pleasant Grove.[36] His first name is a mix of Leon and James, honoring his father and grandfather, respectively.[36]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bulls waive Curry
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i http://www.nba.com/media/dleague/jameson_curry.pdf
  3. ^ Cowboys use late run to pull away and return to Sweet 16
  4. ^ a b c d e f g NBA.com: JamesOn Curry Draft 2007 Profile
  5. ^ No. 9 Cowboys notch first win at Colorado in nine years
  6. ^ Curry, Graham each score 22 points in victory
  7. ^ Curry's 30 helps Oklahoma State snap two-game skid
  8. ^ Oklahoma St. limits Aldridge in rout of No. 6 Texas
  9. ^ Detroit 56, Oklahoma State 90 - Box score
  10. ^ Oklahoma State 62, Gonzaga 64 - Box score
  11. ^ Oklahoma State 95, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 73
  12. ^ Boggan scores 37 points, lifts Ok. St. over Texas in 3OT
  13. ^ Oklahoma State 82, Baylor 86 - Box score
  14. ^ Baylor 86, Oklahoma St. 82 - Recap
  15. ^ "Bulls sign former OSU star Curry". Associated Press. August 2, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  16. ^ "Bulls sign JamesOn Curry". NBA.com. August 2, 2007. Archived from the original on August 7, 2007. 
  17. ^ "Bulls waive JamesOn Curry". NBA.com. July 31, 2008. Archived from the original on August 5, 2008. 
  18. ^ a b c d Chicago Bulls waive guard JamesOn Curry
  19. ^ a b Bulls waive guard Curry
  20. ^ Pau Orthez signed Jameson Curry
  21. ^ Pau-Orthez enrôle JamesOn Curry (French)
  22. ^ Pau Orthez to replace Curry
  23. ^ Los Angeles Clippers' Sebastian Telfair out 4-6 weeks; JamesOn Curry signs - ESPN Los Angeles
  24. ^ Clippers acquire guard Bobby Brown from New Orleans
  25. ^ Armor Re-Acquire JamesOn Curry
  26. ^ a b c d BULLS: Chicago Bulls All-Time Transactions
  27. ^ Bulls Assign JamesOn Curry To Iowa Energy
  28. ^ Bulls Recall JamesOn Curry From Iowa Energy
  29. ^ Bulls Re-Assign JamesOn Curry To Iowa Energy
  30. ^ a b Bulls Recall Curry From Energy
  31. ^ Springfield Armor select former Chicago Bulls guard JamesOn Curry with their first pick
  32. ^ Returning Players Highlight Initial Training Camp Invites
  33. ^ Jam Trade for JamesOn Curry
  34. ^ Evans, Thayer (March 15, 2005). "Cowboys' Curry Makes Most of Second Chance". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  35. ^ a b Bulls rookie Curry arrested for urinating in public, resisting arrest
  36. ^ a b Game On for JamesOn

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