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Damion James
SF/PF - 6'7, 225lbs - 36 years old - 4 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2018 season
  • Birthdate: 10/07/1987
  • Drafted (NBA): 24th pick, 2010
  • Pre-draft team: Texas
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2010 NBA DraftNBADrafted 24th overall by Atlanta.
2010 NBA DraftNBADraft rights traded by Atlanta to New Jersey in exchange for the draft rights to Jordan Crawford (#27) and Tibor Pleiss (#31).
15th July, 2010NBASigned four year, $6,054,800 rookie scale contract with New Jersey. Included team options for 2012/13 and 2013/14.
25th January, 2012NBANew Jersey declined 2012/13 team option.
11th September, 2012NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Atlanta.
27th October, 2012NBAWaived by Atlanta.
1st November, 2012D-LeagueDesignated as an allocated player by Bakersfield Jam.
13th January, 2013NBASigned a 10 day contract with Brooklyn.
23rd January, 2013D-LeagueRe-acquired by Bakersfield Jam.
9th September, 2013NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Denver.
26th October, 2013NBAWaived by Denver.
1st November, 2013D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Bakersfield Jam.
20th February, 2014D-LeagueAs a part of a three team deal, traded by Bakersfield Jam, along with James Nunnally, to Texas Legends in exchange for Terrel Harris from Texas Legends and Dennis Horner from Springfield Armor.
3rd April, 2014NBASigned a 10 day contract with San Antonio.
13th April, 2014NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with San Antonio.
18th September, 2014NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Washington.
25th October, 2014NBAWaived by Washington.
30th October, 2014D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Texas Legends.
17th February, 2015D-LeagueLeft Texas Legends.
18th February, 2015PhilippinesSigned for the remainder of the season with Alaska Aces.
5th August, 2015FranceSigned a one year contract with Le Mans.
20th November, 2015FranceLeft Le Mans.
8th December, 2015AustraliaSigned a one month contract with Sydney Kings.
26th January, 2016Puerto RicoSigned a one season contract with Santurce.
17th August, 2016VenezuelaSigned a one season contract with Guaros de Lara.
Career Moves
2006 - 2010Texas (NCAA)
June 2010 - June 2012New Jersey Nets (NBA)
September 2012 - October 2012Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
November 2012 - January 2013Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
January 2013Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
January 2013 - June 2013Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
July 2013Brooklyn Nets (Summer League)
July 2013Orlando Magic (Summer League)
September 2013 - October 2013Denver Nuggets (NBA)
November 2013 - February 2014Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
February 2014 - April 2014Texas Legends (D-League)
April 2014 - June 2014San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
July 2014Detroit Pistons (Summer League)
September 2014 - October 2014Washington Wizards (NBA)
October 2014 - February 2015Texas Legends (D-League)
February 2015 - June 2015Alaska Aces (Philippines)
July 2015Washington Wizards (Summer League)
August 2015 - November 2015Le Mans (France)
December 2015Sydney Kings (Australia)
January 2016 - June 2016Santurce (Puerto Rico)
August 2016 - presentGuaros (Venezuela)
Articles about Damion James

July 6, 2014

Damion James - James now has four years of NBA experience and an NBA championship ring to his name, despite playing all of 623 NBA minutes. So he's been opportunistic with his NBA gigs. All time not spent in the big D-League has been spent in its little brother, where a 12 game hot streak of 21.1 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game averages earned James an April call-up to the Spurs. The 6'7 James rebounds and passes well, but is a bit positionless defensively, better and more willing to defend the paint despite having an NBA small forward's physique. His offense is opportunistic with no go-to moves, and while he does enough to stay on the edge of the big league, he doesn't have the one bankable trait to keep him there.

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December 13, 2013

Damion James - James is in danger of becoming a perennial D-Leaguer. He went to camp with the Nuggets and had a couple of decent showings, but was never likely to make the roster with all their guaranteed contracts, and returned to the Bakersfield Jam. James's NBA potential is hindered by his offensive game - while not talentless, he is not really a post-up or dribble drive player, nor much of a shooter, thus rendering him somewhat role-less on that end. And while he is a good defensive player at either forward position, he needs to be fundamentally better to overcome the offensive weaknesses.

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July 8, 2013

Damion James

James returns to the franchise that drafted him, let him go merely half way through his rookie contract, then brought him back very briefly once more last season. It's odd, in a way - by this time, they must surely know what they have in him, and also what they don't. Clearly, something intrigues. James's NBA career thus far has underwhelmed, and his D-League numbers last season still show big holes; he averaged 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks in 30 minutes per game, but his 15.8 points came on percentages of 41%/26%/76%, and an unhealthily large 2.7 turnovers for a man who doesn't dribble much. James is perhaps best used in the NBA in the role that Brooklyn very briefly used him for last season, that of a situational, one-play defensive wing specialist. But is such a role worth its own roster spot?

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March 10, 2011

Other than the rebounding, defense and lack of passing, Bargnani played well. So did his future replacement, Ed Davis, who was active, under control, and productive. For the Nets, Deron Williams controlled the game, while Damion James worked hard on either end and was rewarded. Lopez put forward about 25 times more effort on offense than he did on defense, and Kris Humphries continued his year-long impression of a poor man's Blake Griffin with the kind of effort, strength, shot selection and athleticism that will see him inevitably corral a full MLE deal in the offseason.

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July 2, 2010

Damion James

Damion James can post, run, rebound, play help defense, play man to man defense, grow beards, and shoot better than he used to. His ball handling ability is limited to the three steps it takes to the basket, but that's enough, and while he's only 6'7, that's enough too. James is athletic enough to be productive in the NBA at the small forward position, and a lack of ballhandling doesn't change that.

It's just a shame that he'll do so on the team already with Terrence Williams. The two are not identical by any means, but in an ideal world, they'll fit much the same role. And it might be a struggle to play them together.

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June 27, 2010

Pick 24: Although Barry wants a post-up player, Atlanta take Damion James, an athletic combo forward who will resemble Josh Smith in six years. By which I mean, when Josh Smith is 31 years old, he will resemble the Damion James of now. James is not a small forward, even at 6'7, but he produces. And he's athletic enough to keep doing so in the NBA. He free roams on defense, which is both a blessing and a curse, but he runs the court, rebounds prolifically, can drive the ball, and his jumpshot doesn't have terrible form. Doesn't go in much, but it might do one day.

He also has a beard like a Mii character. And what I mean by that is that, for no obvious reason, there's a gap between his hair and his beard adjacent to his ear. Whether he shaves it in or whether it just does not grow there, I do not know. But I do know that it does not work.


Pick 27: Alongside a caption that optimistically calls Josh Boone a "key reserve," and fresh off of Keith Van Horn's second shoutout of the night, the Nets draft Jordan Crawford out of Xavier. This gives David Stern yet another way to pronounce Xavier, apparently under the belief that there's a silent E at the front. Big night for the word Xavier.

However, Andy Katz is immediately brought in to announce that Jordan is not staying. He is being traded to Atlanta, along with the 31st pick, for the rights to Damion James. This unites Jordan and Jamal Crawford, on a team still reeling from from the Josh Smith/Joe Smith dichotomy of last season, but it's good value for Atlanta, who get a young and cheap replication of Jamal with a highly useful #31 pick to book. It's a bit strange for the Nets, however, who need as much outside shooting, halfcourt creating and backcourt scoring as they can get. And while they are also in dire need of halfway decent forward play, James isn't entirely dissimilar to Terrence Williams, not in playing style nor overall talent. I rate James, but this isn't the best place for him.

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