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Jimmy King
Shooting guard
Born August 9, 1973 (1973-08-09) (age 36)
South Bend, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
High school Plano East Senior
College Michigan
Draft 2nd round (6th pick), 1995
Toronto Raptors
Pro career 1995–1997
Former teams Toronto Raptors (1995–96)
Denver Nuggets (1996–97)
Awards CBA MVP (1998)
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
World Championships
Bronze 1998 Greece National team
For the Emmerdale character, see Jimmy King (Emmerdale).

James 'Jimmy' Hal King (born August 9, 1973 in South Bend, Indiana) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA.

He was part of the famed University of Michigan Wolverines Fab Five along with Ray Jackson, current NBA player Juwan Howard, and former NBA players Chris Webber and Jalen Rose, that reached the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship games as both Freshmen and Sophomores. He was a starter for teams that reached the tournament four times. Before this, he was a high school All-American basketball player at Plano East Senior High School in Plano, a city north of Dallas, Texas. Although the Fab Five final four appearance have been forfeited,[1] he was not among the players called before the grand jury (Robert Traylor, Webber, Rose, Maurice Taylor, and Louis Bullock)[2] in the University of Michigan basketball scandal and was not found to have received large amounts of money.[3]

Professional career

King was selected by the Toronto Raptors in the second round (35th overall) of the 1995 NBA Draft and played 62 games for them during the 1995-96 season, averaging 4.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. On July 24, 1996, prior to start of the 1996-97 season, he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Ronald "Popeye" Jones, but King was eventually waived. He instead signed with the Denver Nuggets on a 10-day contract, but participated in only two games for them, tallying six points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals.

King also played a few seasons in Europe and with the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) where he was the 1998 MVP with the Quad City Thunder. He played for the US national team in the 1998 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.[4] He also played for the Asheville Altitude in the NBDL.

King's last chance to return to the NBA came before the 2000–01 NBA season where King was the final player cut on the defending Eastern Conference champion Indiana Pacers.

In a phone interview on the Jim Rome Show on November 30, 2006, Jimmy stated he was currently working as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch on Wall Street. During the 2008–09 Michigan Wolverines season King served as a radio color commentator.[5]


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