James Ray (basketball)

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James Ray
Personal information
Born (1957-07-27) July 27, 1957 (age 59)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school L. B. Landry
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
College Jacksonville (1976–1980)
NBA draft 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Position Power forward
Number 43
Career history
19801983 Denver Nuggets
1983–1984 Berloni Torino
1985–1986 Peñas Huesca
1986–1987 Fenerbahçe
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

James Ray (born July 27, 1957) is an American former professional basketball player. After playing college basketball at Jacksonville University, he was drafted fifth overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 1980 NBA Draft. He subsequently played three seasons for the team, appearing in 103 games and finishing with career averages of 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. Moving to Europe, he went on to play professionally in Italy, Spain and Turkey.


In 2001, Ray was diagnosed with sarcoidosis.[1] Due to his failing health and financial challenges, the NBA's retired players association provided him support.[2] In 2008, Ray received a transplant, soon after receiving a diagnosis of having three months to live without one. The likelihood of receiving a transplant had been rated poorly, due to his need, at 6'9, of receiving lungs from a person taller than 6'5.[3]


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