James Edwards (basketball)

James Edwards
Personal information
Born (1955-11-22) November 22, 1955
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Roosevelt (Seattle, Washington)
College Washington (1973–1977)
NBA draft 1977 / Round: 3 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career 1977–1996
Position Center / Power forward
Number 42, 40, 53
Career history
1977 Los Angeles Lakers
19771981 Indiana Pacers
19811983 Cleveland Cavaliers
19831988 Phoenix Suns
19881991 Detroit Pistons
1991–1992 Los Angeles Clippers
19921994 Los Angeles Lakers
1994–1995 Portland Trail Blazers
1995–1996 Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 14,862 (12.7 ppg)
Rebounds 6,004 (5.1 rpg)
Blocks 867 (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"Though he never appeared in an All-Star Game, Edwards 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

Born in Seattle, Washington, Edwards starred at Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington.


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

Los Angeles Lakers

Edwards was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers on June 10, 1977 and made his NBA debut on October 18. [1]

Indiana Pacers

Edwards was then traded to the Indiana Pacers. This is where Edwards played a majority of his career and averaged his best scoring numbers, averaging 15.9 points during his four years with the franchise.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Edwards spent a short period of time with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Phoenix Suns

Edwards was then traded to the Phoenix Suns.

Detroit Pistons

Edward's most remembered years in the NBA was his three seasons with the Detroit Pistons. He was a key member of the 1989 and 1990 NBA champion Detroit Pistons, starting most of the team's games in 1990. Edwards was known for his turn-around fadeaway jump shot that was difficult to block.

Los Angeles Clippers

He was then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Portland Trail Blazers

He spent his 18th season with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Chicago Bulls

Edwards spent his final season with the Chicago Bulls. He won a third championship in the final season of his career, with the 1996 Chicago Bulls, where he saw limited playing time.

See also


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