James Edwards (basketball)

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James Edwards
James Edwards - Phoenix Suns.jpg
Edwards in 1987
Personal information
Born (1955-11-22) November 22, 1955 (age 63)
Seattle, Washington
NationalityAmerican
Listed height7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolRoosevelt (Seattle, Washington)
CollegeWashington (1973–1977)
NBA draft1977 / Round: 3 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career1977–1996
PositionCenter / Power forward
Number42, 40, 53
Career history
1977Los Angeles Lakers
19771981Indiana Pacers
19811983Cleveland Cavaliers
19831988Phoenix Suns
19881991Detroit Pistons
1991–1992Los Angeles Clippers
19921994Los Angeles Lakers
1994–1995Portland Trail Blazers
1995–1996Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points14,862 (12.7 ppg)
Rebounds6,004 (5.1 rpg)
Blocks867 (0.7 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

James Franklin Edwards (born November 22, 1955) is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "Buddha" for his appearance (he often sported a Fu Manchu mustache) and stoic demeanor, the 7'1" Edwards, though he never appeared in an All-Star Game, was a reliable low-post scorer, averaging 12.7 points per game over his career.

He retired with 14,862 career points and 6,004 career rebounds.

Early years[edit]

Born in Seattle, Washington, Edwards starred at Roosevelt High School, where he led the Roughriders to the state title in 1973, he went on to star for the hometown University of Washington Huskies under coach Marv Harshman. At the core of some exciting Harshman-coached teams from 1973 to 1977, Edwards averaged 14.6 points during his four years for the Huskies.

NBA career[edit]

Edwards played 19 years (1977–1996) in the National Basketball Association, playing both the center and power forward positions.

Los Angeles Lakers[edit]

Edwards was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers on June 10, 1977 and made his NBA debut on October 18. [1] He had a strong start to his rookie season, averaging 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds before being traded later in the season.

Indiana Pacers[edit]

Edwards was then traded to the Indiana Pacers in 1977, where he enjoyed arguably his most productive statistical years, he averaged 15.9 points during his four years with the franchise.

Cleveland Cavaliers[edit]

Edwards spent parts of two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 16.0 points and 7.4 rebounds during his brief time there.

Phoenix Suns[edit]

Edwards was then traded to the Phoenix Suns in 1983, where he played for parts of six seasons. With the Suns he continued to be a key contributor, averaging 14.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Drug investigation[edit]

In April of 1987, Edwards, along with Jay Humphries and Grant Gondrezick, was indicted by a Mariposa County, Arizona, grand jury investigating cocaine trafficking. Edwards was indicted on three counts, conspiracy to possess a narcotic drug, conspiracy to transfer a narcotic drug, and conspiracy to transfer or possess marijuana [2]. Former Suns player Walter Davis was involved and was offered immunity in exchange for testimony, but his testimony failed to reveal critical details. Edwards, along with all other defendants, never went to trial, but was required to undergo a drug counseling program as settlement [3].

Detroit Pistons[edit]

Edwards is probably most remembered for his four seasons with the Detroit Pistons, he was a key member of the 1989 and 1990 NBA champion Detroit Pistons' Bad Boys squads, starting most of the team's games in 1990. Edwards was known for his turn-around fadeaway jump shot that was difficult to block, as well as for contributing to the intimidating toughness that characterized the Bad Boys, he averaged 11.2 points and 3.6 rebounds as a Piston.

Later career[edit]

After his title runs with the Pistons, Edwards was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers before the 1991-92 season, where he spent one season, he then signed with the Lakers for a second stint, spending two seasons with the team that drafted him. This was followed by one season each of limited action with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Chicago Bulls. With the Bulls, Edwards won a third championship in the 19th and final season of his career in 1996, where he saw limited playing time off the bench.

NBA career statistics[edit]

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
Denotes seasons in which Edwards won an NBA championship

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1977–78 L.A. Lakers 25 28.9 .459 .640 7.2 1.2 0.6 1.1 14.8
1977–78 Indiana 58 29.0 .450 .649 7.5 1.0 0.6 0.9 15.4
1978–79 Indiana 82 31.0 .501 .676 8.5 1.1 0.7 1.3 16.7
1979–80 Indiana 82 28.2 .512 .000 .681 7.0 1.5 0.7 1.3 15.7
1980–81 Indiana 81 29.3 .509 .000 .703 7.0 2.6 0.4 1.6 15.6
1981–82 Cleveland 77 75 33.0 .511 .000 .684 7.5 1.6 0.3 1.5 16.7
1982–83 Cleveland 15 8 25.5 .487 .623 6.4 0.9 0.5 0.9 12.3
1982–83 Phoenix 16 1 17.8 .487 .660 3.7 1.7 0.3 0.3 8.8
1983–84 Phoenix 72 67 26.3 .536 .000 .720 4.8 2.6 0.3 0.4 14.7
1984–85 Phoenix 70 58 25.5 .501 .000 .746 5.5 2.2 0.4 0.7 14.9
1985–86 Phoenix 52 51 25.3 .542 .702 5.8 1.4 0.4 0.6 16.3
1986–87 Phoenix 14 9 21.7 .518 .771 4.3 1.4 0.4 0.5 12.0
1987–88 Phoenix 43 42 32.0 .469 .000 .635 7.8 1.7 0.3 0.7 15.7
1987–88 Detroit 26 2 12.6 .475 .738 3.0 0.2 0.1 0.2 5.4
1988–89 Detroit 76 1 16.5 .500 .000 .686 3.0 0.6 0.1 0.4 7.3
1989–90 Detroit 82 70 27.8 .498 .000 .749 4.2 0.8 0.3 0.5 14.5
1990–91 Detroit 72 70 26.4 .484 .500 .729 3.8 0.9 0.2 0.4 13.6
1991–92 L.A. Clippers 72 11 20.0 .465 .000 .731 2.8 0.7 0.3 0.5 9.7
1992–93 L.A. Lakers 52 0 11.9 .452 .712 1.9 0.8 0.2 0.1 6.3
1993–94 L.A. Lakers 45 2 10.4 .464 .684 1.4 0.5 0.1 0.1 4.7
1994–95 Portland 28 0 9.5 .386 .647 1.5 0.3 0.2 0.3 2.7
1995–96 Chicago 28 0 9.8 .373 .615 1.4 0.4 0.0 0.3 3.5
Career 1,168 467 24.3 .495 .048 .698 5.1 1.3 0.4 0.7 12.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1981 Indiana 2 28.0 .292 7.0 2.5 0.5 0.5 7.0
1983 Phoenix 3 18.0 .423 1.000 6.0 1.3 0.3 0.3 9.3
1984 Phoenix 17 27.2 .492 .706 5.4 1.6 0.2 0.6 13.8
1988 Detroit 22 2 14.0 .509 .000 .659 3.1 0.5 0.1 0.5 6.3
1989 Detroit 17 0 18.6 .471 .000 .784 2.1 0.7 0.1 0.5 7.1
1990 Detroit 20 20 26.8 .494 .000 .604 3.6 0.7 0.3 0.6 14.3
1991 Detroit 15 11 23.0 .407 .691 2.5 0.6 0.1 0.2 10.7
1992 L.A. Clippers 5 0 17.4 .417 .632 2.6 0.6 0.2 0.2 6.4
1993 L.A. Lakers 3 0 4.7 .750 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
1995 Portland 1 0 4.0 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 Chicago 6 0 4.7 .444 .750 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.8
Career 111 33 19.9 .468 .000 .682 3.2 0.8 0.2 0.4 9.3

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