Birthplace: Copiague, NY
NBA Seasons: 12
Selected with the 23rd overall pick in the inaugural BIG3 draft last year, Mike James moved up seven spots in 2018 – drafted with the 16th overall pick by the Killer 3’s. Playing last year for Tri-State, James finished ninth in the league in scoring (13.6 ppg) with 6 steals (tied for 2nd) and 16 assists (tied for 8th). His 14 three-pointers were fourth-best. He was ninth in the league in minutes (184) and one of just nine players all season to record a double-double.
Following a strong college career at Duquesne University, where he left as the school’s all-time leader in steals, James played overseas for three years before making his way to the NBA in 2001. As a reserve guard with Detroit in 2004, he helped the Pistons capture the NBA title. James and fellow reserve guard Lindsey Hunter were nicknamed the “Pit Bulls” by teammate Rasheed Wallace because of their aggressive defensive play. Overall, James played 10 seasons in the NBA with the Pistons, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Hornets, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks. His best season was 2005-06, when he averaged 20.3 points per game with the Raptors. He became the first player in franchise history to score 30 or more in four consecutive games. Overall, in 595 career NBA games, James averaged 9.9 points and 3.5 assists per game.