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Michael Lamont James (born June 23, 1975) is an American retired professional
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player who last played for the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for Duquesne Dukes men's basketball, Duquesne. During his NBA Career he played for 11 different teams. He most recently played in the Big3 league for the Killer 3's.


College career

James played basketball at Duquesne University that saw him finish first 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 at the university.


Professional career


Time in Europe

James was not drafted by an NBA team, but remained positive and opted for a start in the European professional leagues instead. Mike enjoyed several stellar seasons as an integral player with both French and Austrian teams.


NBA

James began his National Basketball Association, NBA career when he signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat during the 2001–02 NBA season, 2001–02 season. He has since played for the Boston Celtics, the Detroit Pistons, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Houston Rockets, the Toronto Raptors, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the New Orleans Hornets, the Washington Wizards, the Chicago Bulls, and the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 10.0 points per game for his career.


Detroit Pistons

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.


Toronto Raptors

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.Mike James Info Page
, nba.com, accessed 29 May 2007.
In spite of his strong play during the 2005–06 season for the Toronto Raptors, Raptors, he was criticized as being somewhat of a one-dimensional player. Despite being an above-average shooter from the point guard spot, his playmaking abilities were called into question at times as well as his commitment to defense, in stark contrast to his "pit bull" days with the Detroit Pistons, 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 April 11, 2006, James became the first Raptor to score 30 or more points in 4 consecutive games.


Time in Minnesota and Houston

On July 11, 2006, James signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. 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. On June 14, 2007 it was officially announced that James and teammate Justin Reed would be traded to the Houston Rockets for Juwan Howard.


Bouncing around the league

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


Washington Wizards

James was traded on December 10, 2008 in a three team trade between the New Orleans Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, and Washington Wizards. 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. On March 1, 2010, it was announced that the Washington Wizards had reached a buy-out agreement with James and waived him. James averaged 9.3 points per game during his stint with the Wizards, in which he played 57 games. In February 2011 he signed with Aliağa Petkim in Turkey.


D-League

James later joined the Erie Bayhawks in the NBA Development League. He was called up by the Chicago Bulls on January 11, 2012, but released on January 28. On February 14, James was re-signed by the Bulls on a 10-day contract to provide support while Derrick Rose was injured. He was re-signed on a second 10-day contract on March 14.


Chicago Bulls

On April 4, 2012, James signed by the Bulls for the rest of the season.


Return to the D-League

On January 1, 2013, James was acquired by the Texas Legends of the D-League.


Dallas Mavericks

He was signed to a 10-day contract by the Dallas Mavericks on January 8, 2013. The Mavs signed him to a second 10-day contract on January 18, 2013. He was then signed for the remainder of the season on January 28, after his second 10-day contract was up. The Mavericks finished 41-41 and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 1999–2000 season.


Return to the Bulls

In September 2013, James re-signed with the Chicago Bulls. On December 16, 2013, James was waived by the Bulls, after appearing in just seven games. On January 22, 2014, he signed a 10-day contract with the Bulls, returning yet again for another stint. On February 1, 2014, the Bulls decided not to sign James to a second 10-day contract after his first 10-day contract expired. On April 10, 2014, he signed with the Bulls for the rest of the 2013–14 season. On July 15, 2014, he was waived by the Bulls.


Return to D-League

On November 3, 2014, James was reacquired by the Texas Legends. On January 25, 2015, he recorded the Legends first triple-double of the season with 21 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds in the 115–111 win over the Delaware 87ers.


NBA career statistics


Regular season

, - , align="left" , , align="left" , 2001–02 Miami Heat season, Miami , 15 , , 0 , , 7.9 , , .349 , , .381 , , .571 , , .9 , , 1.3 , , .4 , , .1 , , 2.8 , - , align="left" , , align="left" , 2002–03 Miami Heat season, Miami , 78 , , 8 , , 22.1 , , .373 , , .294 , , .732 , , 1.9 , , 3.2 , , .8 , , .1 , , 7.8 , - , align="left" , , align="left" , 2003–04 Boston Celtics season, Boston , 55 , , 55 , , 30.6 , , .418 , , .381 , , .800 , , 3.2 , , 4.4 , , 1.3 , , .0 , , 10.7 , - , style="text-align:left;background:#afe6ba;", † , align="left" , 2003–04 Detroit Pistons season, Detroit , 26 , , 0 , , 19.7 , , .401 , , .364 , , .844 , , 2.2 , , 3.7 , , 1.0 , , .0 , , 6.3 , - , align="left" , , align="left" , 2004–05 Milwaukee Bucks season, Milwaukee , 47 , , 0 , , 24.8 , , .446 , , .382 , , .744 , , 2.6 , , 3.9 , , .9 , , .1 , , 11.4 , - , align="left" , , align="left" , 2004–05 Houston Rockets season, Houston , 27 , , 5 , , 25.6 , , .433 , , .393 , , .764 , , 3.2 , , 2.9 , , .9 , , .1 , , 12.4 , - , align="left" , , align="left" , 2005–06 Toronto Raptors season, Toronto , 79 , , 79 , , 37.0 , , .469 , , .442 , , .837 , , 3.3 , , 5.8 , , .9 , , .0 , , 20.3 , - , align="left" , , align="left" , 2006–07 Minnesota Timberwolves season, Minnesota , 82 , , 65 , , 25.2 , , .422 , , .372 , , .837 , , 2.0 , , 3.6 , , .7 , , .1 , , 10.1 , - , align="left" , , align="left" , 2007–08 Houston Rockets season, Houston , 33 , , 1 , , 16.3 , , .350 , , .324 , , .786 , , 1.6 , , 1.6 , , .5 , , .1 , , 6.5 , - , align="left" , , align="left" , 2007–08 New Orleans Hornets season, New Orleans , 21 , , 0 , , 8.7 , , .344 , , .304 , , 1.000 , , .8 , , .3 , , .2 , , .0 , , 2.7 , - , align="left" , , align="left" , 2008–09 New Orleans Hornets season, New Orleans , 8 , , 0 , , 9.3 , , .320 , , .750 , , .500 , , .9 , , 1.0 , , .3 , , .0 , , 2.5 , - , align="left" , , align="left" , 2008–09 Washington Wizards season, Washington , 53 , , 50 , , 29.7 , , .387 , , .367 , , .838 , , 2.4 , , 3.6 , , .8 , , .1 , , 9.6 , - , align="left" , , align="left" , 2009–10 Washington Wizards season, Washington , 4 , , 0 , , 11.5 , , .300 , , .333 , , .500 , , .8 , , 1.3 , , .8 , , .0 , , 4.5 , - , align="left" , , align="left" , 2011–12 Chicago Bulls season, Chicago , 11 , , 0 , , 10.9 , , .408 , , .600 , , .875 , , .9 , , 2.6 , , .4 , , .2 , , 4.8 , - , align="left" , , align="left" , 2012–13 Dallas Mavericks season, Dallas , 45 , , 23 , , 19.2 , , .373 , , .384 , , .793 , , 1.6 , , 3.1 , , .6 , , .1 , , 6.1 , - , align="left" , , align="left" , 2013–14 Chicago Bulls season, Chicago , 11 , , 0 , , 7.0 , , .238 , , .200 , , .000 , , .6 , , 1.5 , , .2 , , .0 , , 1.0 , - class="sortbottom" , style="text-align:center;" colspan="2", Career , 595 , , 286 , , 24.1 , , .417 , , .379 , , .802 , , 2.2 , , 3.5 , , .8 , , .1 , , 9.9


Playoffs

, - , style="text-align:left;background:#afe6ba;", 2004 NBA Playoffs, 2004† , align="left" , 2003–04 Detroit Pistons season, Detroit , 22 , , 0 , , 8.9 , , .396 , , .429 , , .563 , , 1.2 , , 1.1 , , .2 , , .0 , , 2.6 , - , align="left" , 2005 NBA Playoffs, 2005 , align="left" , 2004–05 Houston Rockets season, Houston , 7 , , 0 , , 24.4 , , .468 , , .000 , , .958 , , 1.9 , , 2.3 , , .9 , , .3 , , 11.6 , - , align="left" , 2008 NBA Playoffs, 2008 , align="left" , 2007–08 New Orleans Hornets season, New Orleans , 4 , , 0 , , 7.0 , , .333 , , .400 , , 1.000 , , .3 , , .3 , , .5 , , .0 , , 3.0 , - class="sortbottom" , style="text-align:center;" colspan="2", Career , 33 , , 0 , , 11.9 , , .425 , , .286 , , .810 , , 1.2 , , 1.2 , , .4 , , .1 , , 4.5


See also

*List of National Basketball Association undrafted players


Personal life

James and his wife, Angela, have four daughters: Jadon Miciah (b. 2000), Amaya Noel (b. 2003), Michal Mikayla (b. 2007), and McKinley Joel (b. 2008). The family appeared in a 2008 episode of ABC's ''Supernanny (American TV series), Supernanny''."Supernanny" James Family (TV Episode) – IMDb
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References


External links

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