Bernard James

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Bernard James
Bernard James 2013.JPG
James with the Mavericks
Free agent
Position Center
Personal information
Born (1985-02-07) February 7, 1985 (age 31)
Savannah, Georgia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Windsor Forest
(Savannah, Georgia)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
20122014 Dallas Mavericks
2014 Texas Legends
2014 Texas Legends
2014–2015 Shanghai Sharks
2015 Dallas Mavericks
2015–2016 Shanghai Sharks
2016 Galatasaray
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Bernard Ronald James (born February 7, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Galatasaray of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL). He played college basketball for Florida State University.


In a 2012 piece for The Tipoff, the magazine of the United States Basketball Writers Association, writer Dana O'Neil called James

...the most unconventional of high school dropouts, a kid who grew disenchanted with the social hierarchy of school yet would head to Barnes & Noble to read on the days that he cut.[1]

After dropping out, he earned his GED, and shortly afterwards enlisted in the United States Air Force while still 17.[1] He served six years in the Air Force as a security forces specialist, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was assigned to the 9th Security Forces Squadron at Beale Air Force Base[2][3] and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom to Iraq, Qatar, and Afghanistan.[4]

He initially planned to have a career in the military, but was drafted onto an intramural basketball team at his base. During this time, he underwent a late growth spurt of 5 inches (13 cm), and soon rose through the ranks of military basketball to the Air Force's all-star team. This in turn led him to pursue basketball as a potential career path; when his enlistment term expired, he left the Air Force and enrolled at Tallahassee Community College so that he could eventually fully qualify for NCAA Division I.[1]

Professional career[edit]

James was selected with 33rd overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012 NBA draft. He was later traded to the Dallas Mavericks in a draft night trade that included the 24th overall pick Jared Cunningham and the 34th overall pick Jae Crowder. The Cavaliers received guard Kelenna Azubuike and the 17th overall pick Tyler Zeller.[5][6]

On July 25, 2012, James signed with the Dallas Mavericks.[7] On July 19, 2013, he was waived by the Mavericks, but he was quickly re-signed on July 26.[8][9]

On February 27, 2014, James was assigned to the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League.[10] He was recalled the next day.

On September 3, 2014, James re-signed with the Mavericks.[11] However, he was later waived by the Mavericks on October 25, 2014.[12] On November 3, 2014, he was acquired by the Texas Legends as an affiliate player.[13] After playing in the Legends' first two games of the season, he left the team in order to sign in China.[14] On November 21, 2014, he signed with the Shanghai Sharks for the 2014–15 CBA season.[15]

On February 11, 2015, James signed a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks, returning to the franchise for a second stint.[16] He signed a second 10-day contract with the Mavericks on February 21,[17] and for the rest of the season on March 3.[18]

On July 31, 2015, James re-signed with the Shanghai Sharks for the 2015–16 CBA season.[19] On March 12, 2016, he signed with Galatasaray of Turkey for the rest of the 2015–16 Turkish Basketball Super League season.[20]

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]

2012–13 Dallas 46 11 9.9 .515 .000 .610 2.8 .1 .3 .8 2.8
2013–14 Dallas 30 0 4.9 .478 .000 .545 1.4 .1 .1 .3 .9
2014–15 Dallas 16 2 9.9 .444 .000 .870 2.4 .3 .1 .9 2.8
Career 92 13 8.3 .497 .000 .680 2.3 .1 .2 .7 2.2


2014 Dallas 2 0 4.0 .000 .000 .000 .5 .0 .5 .0 .0
2015 Dallas 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 3 0 3.3 .000 .000 .000 .3 .0 .3 .0 .0


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