James Ennis (basketball)

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James Ennis
No. 32 – Miami Heat
Position Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1990-07-01) July 1, 1990 (age 24)
Ventura, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Ventura (Ventura, California)
College Oxnard College (2009–2010)
Ventura College (2010–2011)
Long Beach State (2011–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Pro career 2013–present
Career history
2013–2014 Perth Wildcats (Australia)
2014 Piratas de Quebradillas (Puerto Rico)
2014–present Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards

James Ennis (born July 1, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Ennis, a 6'7" small forward, was a standout at California State University, Long Beach, where he was an All-American as a senior.

Early life[edit]

Born in Ventura, California, Ennis grew up in the Westview Village housing project where he and his five siblings played basketball, soccer, rode bikes and skateboarded. As a youngster, he and his family moved around a lot as he attended three different high schools in his freshman year alone. They later settled back down at Westview Village where he went on to graduate from Ventura High School in 2009.[1]

College career[edit]

Ennis played his freshman season at Oxnard College, a junior college in Oxnard, California, and his sophomore season at Ventura College, a junior college in Ventura, California. In 2011, he signed with Long Beach State, where he became a two-year starter. As a junior, Ennis averaged 10 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and helped lead the 49ers to Big West Conference regular season and conference titles. Ennis was named honorable mention all-conference at the close of the season.[2]

With the departure of conference player of the year Casper Ware, Ennis became the go to player for the 49ers in 2012–13. He responded by averaging 16.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and leading the 49ers to another regular season Big West championship. At the end of the season, Ennis was named Big West Player of the Year[3] and an AP honorable mention All-American.[4]

Following the close of his senior year, Ennis was named to the Reese's College All-Star Game, where he led the East team in scoring with 13 points, including a pair of baskets that clinched the game.[5]

Professional career[edit]

NBA draft[edit]

Ennis was selected with the 50th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. His rights were later traded to the Miami Heat on draft night.[6] In July 2013, he joined the Heat for the 2013 NBA Summer League.[7] The Heat reportedly wanted Ennis to play for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League but were unable to sign him to the NBA minimum salary of USD$490,180 due to salary cap restrictions. Consequently, the most Ennis would have earned for the 2013–14 season in the D-League was USD$25,000, so Ennis made the decision to play overseas in order to support his father, his disabled mother and his five siblings.[8]


On August 10, 2013, Ennis signed with the Perth Wildcats for the 2013–14 NBL season.[9] In the first game of the season, Ennis scored 25 points, the highest ever for a player on debut for the Wildcats.[10] Ennis was later named Player of the Month for October after averaging a league-leading 24.0 points per game and was also in the league's top ten for rebounds with 6.8 per game.[11]

On February 17, 2014, Ennis was charged with attempting to strike Adelaide 36ers player Mitch Creek during an on-court post-game melee following the game two days earlier, which the Wildcats won 85-61.[12] The next day, however, the charges against Ennis were dropped.[13]

On March 28, 2014, Ennis played in his first finals game against the Wollongong Hawks. In just under 32 minutes of action, he scored a game-high 25 points, 14 of which came in the third quarter, to help the Wildcats defeat the Hawks 91-79.[14]

On April 2, 2014, Ennis was named to the 2014 All-NBL first team. To cap off a great rookie season, he also finished third in the MVP voting.[15] On April 13, 2014, Ennis and the Wildcats won the 2014 NBL championship with a 93-59 game 3 victory over the Adelaide 36ers.[16]

In 33 games, Ennis averaged 21.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game whilst shooting 46.8% from the field.[17]

On April 27, 2014, Ennis was awarded the Gordon Ellis Medal after being named the Wildcats' MVP for the 2013–14 season.[18]

Puerto Rico[edit]

On February 14, 2014, Ennis signed with Piratas de Quebradillas for the 2014 BSN season.[19] In June 2014, he left Quebradillas after 12 games to attend various NBA workouts.[20]

Miami Heat[edit]

On July 1, 2014, Ennis re-joined the Miami Heat for the 2014 NBA Summer League,[21] later signing a multi-year deal with the team on July 15.[22]

On October 29, 2014, Ennis made his NBA debut in the Heat's 107-95 season opening win over the Washington Wizards. In 14 minutes of action, he recorded 5 points and 2 rebounds.[23] He went on to record a season-best game on December 21 with 16 points and 8 rebounds in a 100-84 win over the Boston Celtics.[24] On March 29, 2015, he tied his season-high of 16 points in a 109-102 win over the Detroit Pistons.[25] On April 5, he topped his season-high, recording 17 points and 5 rebounds in an 89-112 loss to the Indiana Pacers.[26] In the Heat's season finale on April 15, Ennis received just his third start of the season with the majority of his teammates sitting out. He played the entire game and finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists in a 105-101 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.[27]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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

Regular season[edit]

2014–15 Miami 62 3 17.0 .409 .326 .840 2.8 .8 .4 .3 5.0
Career 62 3 17.0 .409 .326 .840 2.8 .8 .4 .3 5.0


  1. ^ Ennis ready to rip it up
  2. ^ "Big West Unveils 2011-12 Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team" (PDF). Big West Conference. March 5, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bloom, Earl (March 11, 2012). "Long Beach State picks up Big West honors". Orange County Register. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2012-13 AP All-America Teams". Fox Sports. April 1, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "East Tops West 87-81 in Reese's Division I College All-Star Game". NABC. April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "HEAT Acquires James Ennis in 2013 NBA Draft". NBA.com. June 28, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ 2013 Summer League Statistics
  8. ^ Though Heat wanted D-League, James Ennis heads to Australia
  9. ^ Perth Wildcats sign NBA rookie James Ennis
  10. ^ R1 Report: Wildcats scrape past desperate Adelaide
  11. ^ Wildcats Sweep NBL Player and Coach of the Month Awards
  12. ^ NBL Issues Charges For Post-Game Altercation
  13. ^ James Ennis Charges Dismissed
  14. ^ SF Report: Wildcats hold off charging Wollongong
  15. ^ Award Winning Wildcats
  16. ^ GF Report: Perth thrash 36ers, claim sixth title
  17. ^ Player statistics for James Ennis
  18. ^ James Ennis crowned Most Valuable Player
  19. ^ James Ennis signs in Puerto Rico with Piratas de Quebradillas
  20. ^ NBL Off-Season Update
  21. ^ HEAT Announce Summer League Information
  22. ^ HEAT Signs James Ennis
  23. ^ Heat open new era, top Wizards 107-95 in opener
  24. ^ Heat snap 5-game home slide, top Celtics 100-84
  25. ^ Ailing Wade, aching Heat find a way to beat Pistons, 109-102
  26. ^ Pacers use George's return to spur 112-89 rout over Heat
  27. ^ Heat top the 76ers 105-101 and strengthen draft lottery pick

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