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James White
James White cropped.jpg
Spartak St. Petersburg
Shooting guard
Small forward
Born October 21, 1982 (1982-10-21) (age 27)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Salary $825,497
Draft 2nd round, 31st overall, 2006
Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 2006–present
Former teams Austin Toros (2006–2007)
San Antonio Spurs (2006–2007)
Fenerbahce Ulker (2007–2008)
Anaheim Arsenal (2008–2009)
Houston Rockets (2009)

James William White IV (born October 21, 1982 in Washington, D.C.) is an American professional basketball player. He is a 6'7", 200 lb. guard/forward. He earned the nickname Flight 75 due to his leaping ability.[1]

White is well-known for his athleticism and his ability to dunk. Since high school, his most famous dunk has been the between-the-legs dunk, with many variations. He is also known for his ability to jump from the free throw line and dunk a basketball with both hands. 'Flight' White was a runner-up in two notable dunk contests: behind future University of Florida and New York Knicks power forward David Lee in the 2001 McDonald's High School Slam Dunk Contest, and behind North Carolina's David Noel in the NCAA College Slam Dunk Contest during the 2006 Final Four weekend.

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College career

White played his freshman year at the University of Florida in 2001-02 helping the Gators to a 22-9 record. He saw action in all but two games, making a pair of starts and averaged 20.5 minutes of playing time. He posted averages of 6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds.

He transferred to the University of Cincinnati, and after sitting out in 2002-03, he became a starter for the Bearcats in his three years with them, including his senior year when he averaged 16.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.9 blocks.[2]

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2003-04 season

White made his UC debut in mid-December 2003 vs. Middle Tennessee, playing for the first time since March 2002[3], scoring eight points in 19 minutes of action.[4] Tallied 14 points in the win over Miami (27 December 2003),[5] while also dishing out four assists. Moved into the starting lineup vs. DePaul (11 January 2004), replacing injured Armein Kirkland, and became a fixture. Tallied 12 points, five rebounds and three assists vs. Louisville (21 January 2004).[6] He had 12 points and four rebounds at Wake Forest (15 February 2004).[7] He lettered in the spring for the C-USA champion UC track and field team. Qualified for NCAA Regionals in the high jump and triple jump. Named C-USA co-Player of the Week after averaging 14.5 points, 8.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 69 percent from the field in a pair of UC wins (February 23-29). Scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, both then-career highs, in the win over Saint Louis (25 February 2004),[8] also recording seven assists, three steals and two blocked shots.[9] He dished out nine assists at Charlotte (28 February 2004).[10] He scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and had six assists in the C-USA semifinal win over Saint Louis (12 March 2004).[11]

He started the final 21 games of the season and took on a larger share of the ball-handling responsibilities in the final eight contests. He became team assists leader (3.6) who averaged 4.8 assists over the final eight games. He dished out seven assists and gathered six rebounds in the NCAA Tournament opening round win over East Tennessee State (19 March 2004).[12]

2004-05 season

Scored 10 points, all in the decisive game-clinching scoring run, in the season opening win over Valparaiso (19 November 2004).[13] Scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the win over Miami (Ohio) (27 December 2004).[14] Tallied 15 points vs. Louisville (15 January 2005) on 4-of-5 shooting, and also recorded eight rebounds and seven assists, while holding UofL All-American Francisco Garcia to seven points.[15] Scored a career-high 25 points, on 9-of-12 shooting, and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win over Houston (29 January 2005).[16] He played all 40 minutes of the Charlotte game (5 February 2005), finishing with 18 points, five rebounds and six assists.[17] He tallied 14 points, leading UC's second-half comeback with 12 points, in the win over UAB (19 February 2005).[18] He scored the game-winning basket vs. Memphis (5 March 2005)[19] when he grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a short jumper from the baseline with 16.2 seconds to play and finished with 11 points and tied a career high with 11 rebounds. Tallied 15 points and had six rebounds in the NCAA Tournament opening round win over Iowa (17 March 2005).[20] He became team leader in assists (3.1) and scored in double digits 19 times.

2005-06 season

Scored 21 points in win over Murray State (19 November 2005),[21] making a steal and dunk in the final seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime. He scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and had seven rebounds, and three steals in the win over Vanderbilt (10 December 2005),[22] sinking a career-high four treys. Rallied UC from a five-point deficit in the final two and a half minutes of the win over LSU (23 December 2005),[23] hitting back-to-back 3-pointers at the 2:27 and 1:51 marks and a pair of clinching free throws at 0:17. Tallied a season-high 23 points vs. North Carolina A&T (30 December 2005),[24] matching personal bests with four 3-point field goals and four steals. He tallied 22 points, making 4-of-6 treys, and hit a 3-pointer to put UC in the lead with 2:57 to play in the win over Providence (17 February 2006), and also grabbing seven rebounds.[25] He scored 17 points, going 3-of-5 from 3-point range, and had four assists vs. Seton Hall (28 February 2006).[26] White scored a career-high 32 points, including a career-high five three-pointers,[2] in a narrow loss to Syracuse on March 8.[27]

He became team scoring leader (15.9) who has reached double figures in all but four games. Topped the 1,000-point mark in career scoring with 1,209 points, 1,027 scored during his three seasons as a Bearcat to become the 44th member of UC's 1,000-point club. Leads the team in free throw percentage (.839) and is second in steals (1.1), assists (2.1), blocks (0.8) and third in rebounding (5.0). Named to the Las Vegas Holiday Classic all-tournament team after averaging 18.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.8 steals in the four wins.

Professional career

NBA

He was selected in the second round (31st overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2006 NBA Draft, and his rights were immediately traded to the Indiana Pacers for the rights to the Pacers' pick at #45 overall (Alexander Johnson), and second-round draft choices in 2007 and 2008. In eight preseason games with Indiana, White averaged 3.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in 17.5 minutes a game over 8 preseason games.[28] He was cut by the Indiana Pacers on October 31, 2006,[28] with coach Rick Carlisle saying his release was the most difficult cut he has been involved with in his coaching career. White signed a two-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs on November 3, 2006.[29]

On December 16, 2006 the Spurs assigned White to play in their NBA Development League affiliated team the Austin Toros.[2] He was recalled on December 26, but re-assigned to Austin three days later.[30] Spurs coach Gregg Popovich stated that the reason for the move was that the in-season schedule does not allow much time to practice and the veteran-heavy team does not allow any spare minutes for White. He continued to receive his salary from the Spurs while playing for the Toros. Toros coach Dennis Johnson stated that White received regular playing time.[31] After playing in 15 games (with 11 starts), and averaging 16.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.67 steals in 34.4 minutes, White was recalled by the Spurs for the second time on January 27, 2007.[28] He had hitherto not seen any playing time with the Spurs.[28]

On March 26, White made his NBA debut with the Spurs against the Golden State Warriors, scoring 9 points and grabbing 3 rebounds in 14 minutes during his first game.[32] White also got the first NBA start of his career on April 16, 2007 in a loss against the Memphis Grizzlies. In a game where the Spurs rested their regular lineup due to the playoff standings already having been decided, White responded by scoring a career-high 17 points in 39 minutes of play.[33] He averaged 8.2 PPG in 6 games for the Spurs. He was waived during the off-season by the Spurs on July 23, 2007[34] and received an NBA championship ring.[35]

Fenerbahçe Ülker

On 8 September 2007, White joined Will Solomon when he signed a four-year contract with the Turkish Basketball League club Fenerbahçe[36] who played in the 2007-08 Euroleague quarter finals. On March 22, 2008, White won the Turkish dunk contest against Curtis Withers, Quinton Hosley and Richard Chaney in the Beko Allstar Slam Dunk Contest with his raceway dunk.[37]

Return to the NBA

He was playing with the Anaheim Arsenal in the NBA's D-League when he signed a 10 day contract with the Houston Rockets on March 3, 2009 and then a second 10-day contract before signing a multi-year deal with the Rockets on March 24, 2009.[38] He was deactivated April 7 to make room for forward Carl Landry, who had recovered from a gunshot wound.[39] On September 2, 2009, White was drafted in the first round of the NBA Development League expansion draft by the Maine Red Claws.

In September 2009, the Rockets traded White to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for the draft rights to Axel Hervelle.[40] His first game with the Nuggets was on October 1, 2009 facing Utah. He scored 13 points, 10 of them from free throws.[41] He was waived by the Nuggets on October 21, 2009.[42] He signed a contract with Spartak St. Petersburg of the Russian Super League on November 10, 2009.[43]

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Notes and references

  1. ^ Profile on gobearcats.com
  2. ^ a b c Spurs Assign James White to Austin
  3. ^ (16) CINCINNATI 89, MIDDLE TENN ST 54 - Recap
  4. ^ Middle Tennessee State 54, (12) Cincinnati 89 - Box score
  5. ^ Cincinnati continues its unbeaten run
  6. ^ (12) Cincinnati 66, Louisville 93 - Box score
  7. ^ (12) Cincinnati 85, (16) Wake Forest 91 - Box score
  8. ^ White: Career-high 23 points, 11 rebounds
  9. ^ Saint Louis 52, (12) Cincinnati 77 - Box score
  10. ^ (12) Cincinnati 75, Charlotte 67 - Box score
  11. ^ Saint Louis 46, (12) Cincinnati 66 - Box score
  12. ^ (13) East Tennessee State 77, (4) Cincinnati 80 - Box score
  13. ^ Valparaiso 70, Cincinnati 88 - Box score
  14. ^ Miami (OH) 53, Cincinnati 77 - Box score
  15. ^ Cardinals prevail after Dean finds stroke
  16. ^ White showcases inside-outside game
  17. ^ Cincinnati 90, Charlotte 91 - Box score
  18. ^ Blazers suffer fourth loss in a row
  19. ^ Bearcats post sixth straight victory
  20. ^ (10) Iowa 64, (7) Cincinnati 76 - Box score
  21. ^ Cincinnati 79, Murray State 75 (OT) - Recap
  22. ^ Cincinnati 92, Vanderbilt 83 - Box score
  23. ^ Cincinnati 75, LSU 72 - Recap
  24. ^ North Carolina A&T 69, Cincinnati 105 - Box score
  25. ^ Providence 64, Cincinnati 66 - Box score
  26. ^ Cincinnati 62, Seton Hall 72 - Box score
  27. ^ Syracuse beats buzzer, keeps NCAA hopes alive
  28. ^ a b c d Spurs Recall James White From Toros
  29. ^ Spurs Sign James White
  30. ^ NBA Development League: 2006-07 D-League Transactions
  31. ^ Spurs notebook: White heading to NBDL team
  32. ^ Spurs 126, Warriors 89 - Box score
  33. ^ Spurs rest regulars, lose to Grizzlies
  34. ^ Spurs Waive James White, nba.com, posted July 23, 2007
  35. ^ Turkish Adventure, hoopshype.com, posted November 17, 2007
  36. ^ James White joins Fenerbahce
  37. ^ White the Flight
  38. ^ Rockets Sign White ESPN, March 24, 2009
  39. ^ http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/6363509.html
  40. ^ Nuggets acquire White. Retrieved on September 23, 2009.
  41. ^ Utah 103, Denver 87 - Box score
  42. ^ Denver Waives James White.
  43. ^ Джеймс Уайт - новый игрок "Спартака" (Russian)

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