James Edwards (basketball)

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James Edwards
No. 42, 40, 53
Center / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1955-11-22) November 22, 1955 (age 58)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (213 cm)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Roosevelt (Seattle, Washington)
College Washington (1973–1977)
NBA draft 1977 / Round: 3 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Pro playing career 1977–1996
Career history
1977 Los Angeles Lakers
1977–1981 Indiana Pacers
19811983 Cleveland Cavaliers
1983–1988 Phoenix Suns
1988–1991 Detroit Pistons
1991–1992 Los Angeles Clippers
19921994 Los Angeles Lakers
1994–1995 Portland Trail Blazers
1995–1996 Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 14,862 (12.7 ppg)
Rebounds 6,004 (5.1 rpg)
Blocks 867 (0.7 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

James Franklin Edwards (born November 22, 1955, in Seattle, Washington, U.S.) is a retired American professional basketball player. Nicknamed "Buddha" for his appearance (he often sported a Fu Manchu mustache) and stoic demeanor, the 7' 0" Edwards played 19 years (1977–1996) in the NBA, playing both the center and power forward positions. Edwards was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers on June 10, 1977 and made his NBA debut on October 18.[1] Edwards played for eight teams: the Los Angeles Lakers, the Indiana Pacers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Phoenix Suns, the Detroit Pistons, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Chicago Bulls. Prior to his NBA career, Edwards starred at Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington.

Edwards was known for his turn-around fadeaway jump shot that was difficult to block. Though he never appeared in an All-Star Game, Edwards was a reliable low-post scorer, averaging 12.7 points per game over his career. He was a key member of the 1989 and 1990 NBA champion Detroit Pistons, starting most of the team's games in 1990. He won a third championship in the final season of his career, with the 1996 Chicago Bulls, where he saw limited playing time.

He retired with 14,862 career points and 6,004 career rebounds.

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