James Edwards (basketball)

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James Edwards
Personal information
Born (1955-11-22) November 22, 1955 (age 60)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
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 career 1977–1996
Position Center / Power forward
Number 42, 40, 53
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) 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" 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 retired with 14,862 career points and 6,004 career rebounds.

Early Years[edit]

Born in Seattle, Washington, Edwards starred at Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington.


Edwards played 19 years (1977–1996) in the National Basketball Association, playing both the center and power forward positions.

Los Angeles Lakers[edit]

Edwards was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers on June 10, 1977 and made his NBA debut on October 18. [1]

Indiana Pacers[edit]

Edwards was then traded to the Indiana Pacers. This is where Edwards played a majority of his career and averaged his best scoring numbers, averaging 15.9 points during his four years with the franchise.

Cleveland Cavaliers[edit]

Edwards spent a short period of time with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Phoenix Suns[edit]

Edwards was then traded to the Phoenix Suns.

Detroit Pistons[edit]

Edward's most remembered years in the NBA was his three seasons with the Detroit Pistons. He was a key member of the 1989 and 1990 NBA champion Detroit Pistons, starting most of the team's games in 1990. Edwards was known for his turn-around fadeaway jump shot that was difficult to block.

Los Angeles Clippers[edit]

He was then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Portland Trail Blazers[edit]

He spent his 18th season with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Chicago Bulls[edit]

Edwards spent his final season with the Chicago Bulls. He won a third championship in the final season of his career, with the 1996 Chicago Bulls, where he saw limited playing time.

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