James Donaldson (basketball)

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James Donaldson
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Donaldson during his 2009 race for Mayor of Seattle.
Personal information
Born (1957-08-17) August 17, 1957 (age 57)
Heacham, England
Nationality English / American
Listed height 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school Luther Burbank
(Sacramento, California)
College Washington State (1975–1979)
NBA draft 1979 / Round: 4 / Pick: 73rd overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Pro career 1979–1999
Position Center
Number 40, 35, 54
Career history
19801983 Seattle SuperSonics
19831985 San Diego / Los Angeles Clippers
1985–1991 Dallas Mavericks
1991–1992 New York Knicks
1993 Utah Jazz
1993–1994 Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece)
1995 Utah Jazz
1996–1997 Caja San Fernando (Spain)
1997 Snai Montecatini (Italy)
1998 Breogán (Spain)
1998–1999 AEL 1964 (Greece)
1999 Breogán (Spain)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 8,203 (8.6 ppg)
Rebounds 7,492 (7.8 rpg)
Blocks 1,267 (1.6 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

James Lee Donaldson III (born August 16, 1957) is a retired professional English-American basketball player who grew up in California and played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association.

Donaldson, a 7'2" center, starred at Luther Burbank High School and Washington State University in the late 1970s before being drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979. However, he spent his first professional season abroad, with the Italian Serie A's 3A Antonini Siena.

Donaldson played three seasons with Seattle before moving on to the San Diego (later Los Angeles) Clippers. During the 1984–85 NBA season, he led the league in field goal percentage at 0.637 — still one of the ten highest percentages in NBA history.

Donaldson joined the Dallas Mavericks in 1985. He had his finest years while playing for the Mavericks, providing rebounding and shot-blocking to complement Dallas' star-studded line-up, which included Mark Aguirre, Rolando Blackman, Roy Tarpley, Derek Harper, and Brad Davis. Donaldson himself earned a spot on the 1988 All-Star Team during a season in which the Mavericks reached the Western Conference Finals before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers.

After brief stints with the New York Knicks (traded midway through 1991-92 for Brian Quinnett) and Utah Jazz (49 games in two seasons combined) in the early 1990s, injuries forced Donaldson into retirement from the NBA. He left the league in 1995, with 8,203 career points, 7,492 career rebounds and 1,267 career blocks. He played in 957 NBA games without ever attempting a 3-point shot, a record among players from the 3-point era.

Overseas, he played in Greece for Iraklis B.C. (1993–94, in between his Utah spells), Caja San Fernando (Spain, in 1996-97), Snai Montecatini (Italy, 1997–98, for only six games), Breogán Lugo (Spain, two stints, in 1998 and 1999) and Gymnastikos S. Larissas (Greek Second Division, 1998–99), retiring for good at the age of 41.

Upon retiring, Donaldson settled in the Seattle, Washington area, where he runs the Donaldson Clinic, a physical therapy business in Mill Creek, Wash.[1] He is also a motivational speaker.

In 2009, Donaldson ran for the non-partisan office of Seattle mayor and came in fourth among the candidates.

In 2010, Donaldson joined the College Success Foundation as the Director of the Tacoma College Success Foundation.

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