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Jerome James
Chicago Bulls  – No. 31
Center
Born November 17, 1975 (1975-11-17) (age 34)
Tampa, Florida
Nationality USA
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 280 lb (127 kg)
Salary $6,600,000
College Florida A&M
Draft 2nd round, 36th overall, 1998
Sacramento Kings
Pro career 1998–present
Former teams Sacramento Kings (1998–1999)
Harlem Globetrotters
KK Budućnost (2001)
Seattle SuperSonics (2001–2005)
New York Knicks (2005–2009)

Jerome Keith James (born November 17, 1975 in Tampa, Florida) is an American professional basketball player who is currently under contract with the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. James played at Florida A&M University, and was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft. Over the course of his career, he has played for the Kings, Seattle SuperSonics and New York Knicks. He has also played for the Harlem Globetrotters.

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NBA career

James has averaged 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in 358 career games (180 games started). James played well for the Seattle SuperSonics during the 2005 NBA playoffs, averaging 12.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 11 games against the Kings and San Antonio Spurs.

After the 2004–2005 season, he signed a 5-year $30 million free-agent contract with the Knicks. He arrived at his first training camp out of shape and in his first season he only averaged 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 9 minutes per game. James missed much of the season due to injury and when he wasn't injured, he frequently did not play significant minutes. James was suspended on January 2, 2006 for not being prepared to practice.[1]

James is often cited as one of many questionable signings done by Knicks General Manger Isiah Thomas.[2] Tommy Beer of HoopsWorld wrote "James was universally panned as the worst free-agent signing of the summer (and in the pantheon of all-time worst.)"[3] He is also sometimes cited as an example of the "contract year phenomenon", where an athlete with impending free agency plays at a higher level than he ever has before, only to return to his normal level of play once he signs a new long-term contract.[4] Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated wrote "James was a chronic underachiever who cashed in on a brief moment of excellence". He also wrote that the Knicks signing James "was a mistake before he ever took the court at Madison Square Garden. The day the Knicks announced his signing, they were universally panned by executives, experts, journalists -- really anyone with a voice box."[5]

In the 2007–08 NBA season he played in only two games (on Jan 18 at Washington and Jan 21 vs Boston) for a total of five minutes, while earning a salary of $5.8 million.[6] James made his only field goal shot and two free throws of the season at Washington, giving him the best field goal percentage (tied with Jelani McCoy who also took just one shot) and free throw shooting percentage (tied with several other players) in the league according to NBA.com statistics. He played another 2 games the following season scoring 6 points but suffered a season ending torn Achilles tendon injury.

On February 19, 2009, James was traded by the Knicks along with Tim Thomas and Anthony Roberson to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Larry Hughes. He has not played for Chicago.[7]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  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

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 Sacramento 16 0 2.6 .375 .000 .500 1.1 .1 .1 .4 1.5
2001–02 Seattle 56 40 16.9 .491 .000 .500 4.1 .4 .4 1.5 5.3
2002–03 Seattle 51 16 15.0 .478 .000 .587 4.2 .5 .2 1.6 5.4
2003–04 Seattle 65 24 15.2 .498 .000 .660 3.5 .5 .3 .9 5.0
2004–05 Seattle 80 80 16.6 .509 .000 .723 3.0 .2 .3 1.4 4.9
2005–06 New York 45 9 9.0 .463 .000 .625 2.0 .3 .1 .5 3.0
2006–07 New York 41 11 6.7 .418 .000 .556 1.6 .1 .2 .4 1.9
2007–08 New York 2 0 2.5 1.000 .000 1.000 1.5 .0 .0 .0 2.0
2008–09 New York 2 0 5.0 .375 .000 .000 1.5 .0 .5 .5 3.0
Career 358 180 13.3 .485 .000 .617 3.1 .3 .3 1.0 4.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 Sacramento 1 0 4.0 .500 .000 .750 2.0 .0 .0 .0 5.0
2001–02 Seattle 5 1 14.0 .391 .000 .000 2.4 .8 .0 1.0 3.6
2004–05 Seattle 11 11 26.8 .514 .000 .767 6.8 .5 .6 1.8 12.5
Career 17 12 21.7 .493 .000 .722 5.2 .5 .3 1.5 9.4

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