James Ennis (basketball)

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James Ennis
No. 16 – Iowa Energy
Position Small forward
League NBA Development League
Personal information
Born (1990-07-01) July 1, 1990 (age 25)
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)
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career 2013–present
Career history
2013–2014 Perth Wildcats (Australia)
2014 Piratas de Quebradillas (Puerto Rico)
20142015 Miami Heat
2015–present Memphis Grizzlies
2015–present Iowa Energy (D-League)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

James Alfred Ennis III (born July 1, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League, on assignment from the Memphis Grizzlies 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] and 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, 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, 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, Ennis and the Wildcats won the 2014 NBL championship with a 93–59 victory over the Adelaide 36ers in Game 3 of the Grand Final series, a series won 2–1.[16]

In 33 games for the Wildcats, Ennis averaged 21.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game whilst shooting 46.8% from the field.[17] Ennis subsequently earned 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 and returned to the United States to attend various NBA workouts.[20] In 12 games for the club, he averaged 16.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.

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 then 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 a 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]

In July 2015, Ennis re-joined the Heat for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[28]

Memphis Grizzlies[edit]

On November 10, 2015, Ennis was traded, along with Mario Chalmers, to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Jarnell Stokes and Beno Udrih.[29] He made his debut for the Grizzlies on November 20, recording one rebound in a minute of action to close out the team's 96–84 win over the Houston Rockets.[30] During the 2015–16 season, he has been assigned multiple times to the Iowa Energy, the Grizzlies' D-League affiliate.[31]

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
2015–16 Miami 3 0 2.3 .000 .000 .000 .0 .3 .0 .0 .0
Career 65 3 16.3 .409 .326 .840 2.7 .8 .4 .3 4.8


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  30. ^ "Conley, Gasol lead Grizzlies over Rockets 96-84". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  31. ^ "2015-16 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 

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