James Lee (basketball)

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James Lee
Personal information
Born (1956-01-17) January 17, 1956 (age 62)
Lexington, Kentucky
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Henry Clay (Lexington, Kentucky)
College Kentucky (1974–1978)
NBA draft 1978 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Position Small forward
Career history
1978–1979 Tucson Gunners
1980–1981 Lehigh Valley Jets
1981–1982 Maine Lumberjacks
1982–1983 Lancaster Lightning
1983–1984 Louisville Catbirds
Career highlights and awards

James Lee (born January 17, 1956) is a retired American basketball player. He won an NCAA championship at the University of Kentucky and was a second-round draft pick in the 1978 NBA Draft.

Lee, a 6'5" swingman from Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky, played college basketball for his hometown Kentucky Wildcats. He was a key player for four years and averaged 11.3 points per game on 56% shooting as the sixth man on the Wildcats' 1978 national championship team.[1]

Coming off a championship year, Lee was drafted in the second round of the 1978 NBA Draft (39th pick overall) by the Seattle SuperSonics, but never played in the NBA. Lee played for the Western Basketball Association's Tucson Gunners for one season, then played several years in the Continental Basketball Association. His best year came during the 1980–81 CBA season where Lee averaged 22.3 points per game for the Lehigh Valley Jets.[2]


  1. ^ James Lee - The Draft Review, accessed September 4, 2011
  2. ^ 1983–84 Continental Basketball Association official guide, pg. 125