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Mike James
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Washington Wizards  – No. 13
Point guard
Born June 23, 1975 (1975-06-23) (age 34)
Amityville, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
League NBA
High school Amityville
College Duquesne
Draft Not drafted, 1998
Pro career 1998–present
Former teams Miami Heat (2001–2003)
Boston Celtics (2003–2004)
Detroit Pistons (2004)
Milwaukee Bucks (2004–2005)
Houston Rockets (2005, 2007–2008)
Toronto Raptors (2005–2006)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2006–2007)
New Orleans Hornets (2007–2008)
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Michael Lamont James (born June 23, 1975 in Amityville, New York) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Washington Wizards of the NBA.

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Early years

The youngest of seven siblings, James's childhood was not without challenges. Crime, drugs, and violence troubled his neighborhood streets. Lack of social and economic opportunity made urban living grueling and difficult for James and his family. Undirected and uninspired, Mike found solace on the courts. More than recreation, basketball became his bloodline and a way to stay out of trouble. James's commitment and daily practice would soon payoff as he was invited to join the Amityville High School basketball squad. Unmatched and unbeatable, he performed extremely well. Despite his courtside accomplishments and extraordinary talent, no one believed Mike would ever play Division I basketball. Upon graduation, James proved every naysayer wrong when he earned a basketball scholarship to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

College career

James had a college career at Duquesne University that saw him finish ranked third all-time in steals (201), fifth in assists (348) and 10th in points (1,411) at the school and included being named to the all Atlantic 10 Conference 1st team in his senior year. However, he was not drafted.

Professional career

Mike remained positive and opted for a start in the European professional leagues instead. Mike enjoyed several stellar seasons as an integral player with both the French and Austrian teams. He began his NBA career when he signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat during the 2001–02 season. He has since played for the Boston Celtics, the Detroit Pistons, the Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors averaging 11.9 points per game for his career. As the starting point guard for the Raptors during the 2005–06 season, he averaged career highs of 20.3 points, 5.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game and shot 47% from the field including 44.2% from 3-point range which ranked among the league leaders.[1] James is the first undrafted player in the history of the NBA to average at least 20 points a game in a season.

On April 11, 2006, Mike James became the first Toronto Raptor to score 30 or more points in 4 consecutive games.

James was a member of the Pistons' 2004 NBA Championship team as a reserve. He and fellow reserve guard Lindsey Hunter formed a formidable defensive guard combination nicknamed the "Pit Bulls" by Rasheed Wallace, because of their aggressive nature on defense.

In spite of his strong play during the 2005–06 season for the Raptors, he has been criticized as being somewhat of a one-dimensional player. Despite being an above-average shooter from the point guard spot, his playmaking abilities have been called into question at times as well as his commitment to defense, in stark contrast to his "pit bull" days with the Pistons. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote of his big 2005–06 season: "Previously, James had started only 68 games, so some scouts wondered if those numbers were an aberration. Others felt his impending free agency affected his play, prompting him to seek stats at the expense of play-making duties."

While playing for Toronto in the 2005–06 season, he reached a career high of 39 points in a win against the Detroit Pistons.

On July 11, 2006, James signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves for a reported four years, with a player option on the last year, and with a trade kicker clause, which would raise his salary by 15% automatically if he were to be traded. Much of the 2006–07 season was marred by mediocre play, which limited his minutes to 25, down from the 37 he averaged during his career year in Toronto.[1]

On June 14, 2007 it was officially announced that James and teammate Justin Reed would be traded to the Houston Rockets for Juwan Howard.[2]

On February 21, 2008 it was announced that James and teammate Bonzi Wells would be traded to the New Orleans Hornets for Bobby Jackson, and Adam Haluska. This ends his second short tenure as a Houston Rocket.

James was traded on December 10, 2008 in a three team trade between the New Orleans Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, and Washington Wizards.[3][4] The trade sent James and Javaris Crittenton to the Wizards and Antonio Daniels to the Hornets. The Grizzlies received a conditional first round draft pick from the Wizards.[5]

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
2001–02 Miami 15 0 7.9 .349 .381 .571 .9 1.3 .4 .1 2.8
2002–03 Miami 78 8 22.1 .373 .294 .732 1.9 3.2 .8 .1 7.8
2003–04 Boston 55 55 30.6 .418 .381 .800 3.2 4.4 1.3 .0 10.7
2003–04 Detroit 26 0 19.7 .401 .364 .844 2.2 3.7 1.0 .0 6.3
2004–05 Milwaukee 47 0 24.8 .446 .382 .744 2.6 3.9 .9 .1 11.4
2004–05 Houston 27 5 25.6 .433 .393 .764 3.2 2.9 .9 .1 12.4
2005–06 Toronto 79 79 37.0 .469 .442 .837 3.3 5.8 .9 .0 20.3
2006–07 Minnesota 82 65 25.2 .422 .372 .837 2.0 3.6 .7 .1 10.1
2007–08 Houston 33 1 16.3 .350 .324 .786 1.6 1.6 .5 .1 6.5
2007–08 New Orleans 21 0 8.7 .344 .304 1.000 .8 .3 .2 .0 2.7
2008–09 New Orleans 8 0 9.3 .320 .750 .500 .9 1.0 .2 .0 2.5
2008–09 Washington 53 50 29.7 .387 .367 .838 2.4 3.6 .8 .1 9.6
Career 524 263 25.3 .421 .378 .805 2.4 3.6 .8 .0 10.5

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Detroit 22 0 8.9 .396 .429 .563 1.2 1.1 .2 .0 2.6
2004–05 Houston 7 0 24.4 .468 .000 .958 1.9 2.3 .9 .3 11.6
2007–08 New Orleans 4 0 7.0 .333 .400 1.000 .3 .3 .5 .0 3.0
Career 33 0 11.9 .425 .286 .810 1.2 1.2 .4 .1 4.5

Personal

James and his wife, Angela, have four daughters, Jadon Miciah, Amaya Noel, Michal Mikaya and McKinly Joel, and the entire family has been a family needing help on ABC's Supernanny[6]

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