James Michael McAdoo

James Michael McAdoo

McAdoo at the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic
No. 20 Golden State Warriors
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1993-01-04) January 4, 1993
Norfolk, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, Virginia)
College North Carolina (2011–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Undrafted
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–2015 Santa Cruz Warriors
2015–present Golden State Warriors
2015 →Santa Cruz Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

James Michael Ray McAdoo (born January 4, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The power forward played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels, and twice earned second-team all-conference honors in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). He won an NBA championship with Golden State in 2015.

High school career

McAdoo attended Norfolk Christian High School in Norfolk, Virginia. As a junior in 2009–10, he averaged 22.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, and as a senior in 2010–11, he averaged 21.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He led Norfolk Christian to consecutive state championships and earned Gatorade Player of the Year honors in Virginia in 2010 and 2011. During his career, he earned USA Today first team and Parade All-American third team honors, as well as earning co-Most Valuable Player honors at both the McDonald's All-America Game (17 points) in Chicago and the Jordan Brand Classic (26 points, 14 rebounds) in Charlotte.[1]

In September 2009, McAdoo committed to the University of North Carolina.[2] After Travis and David Wear transferred from UNC, McAdoo considered graduating a year early so he could join the Tar Heels in 2010, but he ultimately decided to stay at Norfolk Christian through his senior year.[3]

He was rated as the #4 player in the class of 2011 by Scout.com,[4] the #6 player in the ESPNU 100,[5] and the #8 player by Rivals.com.[6]

College career

McAdoo played three seasons at the University of North Carolina, recording career averages of 11.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 25.0 minutes over 108 games. As a junior in 2013–14, he earned All-ACC second team honors for the second straight year after averaging 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 34 games.[1]

On April 3, 2014, he declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.[7]

College statistics

2011–12 North Carolina 38 3 15.6 .434 .000 .638 3.9 .3 .9 .3 6.1
2012–13 North Carolina 36 36 30.0 .445 .000 .578 7.3 1.1 1.5 .4 14.4
2013–14 North Carolina 34 34 30.1 .458 .000 .537 6.8 1.7 1.3 .9 14.2
Career 108 73 25.0 .447 .000 .569 5.9 1.0 1.2 .5 11.4

Professional career

After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, McAdoo joined the Golden State Warriors for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[8] On September 2, 2014, he signed with the Warriors,[9] but was later waived by the team on October 24.[10] On November 3, 2014, he was acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors as an affiliate player of Golden State.[11]

On January 19, 2015, McAdoo signed a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors.[12] He made his NBA debut later that night as he came off the bench to record 11 points and 5 rebounds in the 122–79 win over the Denver Nuggets.[13] He was not retained by Golden State following the expiration of his contract on January 29,[14] and he returned to Santa Cruz the following day.[15] On February 2, he returned to Golden State, signing a second 10-day contract with the team.[16] Following the expiration of his second 10-day contract, he returned to Santa Cruz where he played two games before being called up again by Golden State on February 19, signing with the team for the rest of the 2014–15 season.[17] He was assigned multiple times to Santa Cruz to finish the season,[18] as he earned NBA D-League All-Rookie first team and All-NBA D-League second team honors.[19] He went on to a D-League championship with Santa Cruz[20] and an NBA championship with Golden State; he appeared in just over a minute of action for the Warriors during the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.[21]

McAdoo retained his spot on Golden State's roster for the 2015–16 season, but missed all of January and February because of a sprained toe on his left foot.[22] On March 21, 2016, he made his first career NBA start, recording seven points and six rebounds in 17½ minutes of action in a 109–104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[23] The Warriors returned to the NBA Finals in 2016, where they were defeated in seven games by the Cavaliers.

On July 13, 2016, McAdoo re-signed with the Warriors.[24]

International career

McAdoo averaged 16.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks to help Team USA win the gold medal at the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship played in Argentina. He was subsequently named the 2009 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.[1] In 2010, he won another gold medal after averaging 14.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship in Germany.[25]

NBA career statistics

  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 season in which McAdoo won an NBA Championship

Regular season

2014–15 Golden State 15 0 9.1 .545 .000 .560 2.5 .1 .3 .6 4.1
2015–16 Golden State 41 1 6.4 .536 .500 .531 1.4 .4 .2 .2 2.9
Career 56 1 7.1 .539 .500 .541 1.7 .3 .3 .3 3.2


2015 Golden State 5 0 2.0 .667 .000 .000 .8 .0 .0 .2 .8
2016 Golden State 8 0 4.3 .500 .000 .250 1.0 .3 .4 .3 .6
Career 13 0 3.7 .571 .000 .250 .9 .2 .2 .2 .7


McAdoo is an Evangelical Christian. He has spoken about his faith saying, "... I just want people to realize I don’t play basketball for myself. No matter what adversities I face, how bad a season goes, or even how good a season goes, at the end of the day I’m playing for a bigger reason, and that’s to glorify my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."[26]

McAdoo's parents, Ronnie and Janet, both played basketball at Old Dominion in the late 1970s and the early 80s, and went on to play professionally in Europe, while his older sister Kelsey also played basketball at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.[27]

McAdoo's father is the second cousin of Hall of Fame basketball player Bob McAdoo, who played at North Carolina and in the NBA.[3] McAdoo said he calls Bob "uncle" although he doesn't know what their exact relationship is, and that "My dad's great-great-great grandfather and [Bob's] great-grandfather are like brothers."[27]

On April 2, 2014, he married Lauren Elizabeth Adkins, a UNC volleyball player.[28]


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  2. Tysiac, Ken (September 7, 2009). "Bob McAdoo's nephew commits to UNC". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  3. 1 2 Pickeral, Robbi (June 26, 2011). "McAdoo following familiar footsteps to UNC". Raleigh News and Observer. Archived from the original on August 8, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  5. "James Michael McAdoo – Basketball Recruiting – Player Profiles – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
  6. "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking – Rivals150 for the class of 2011". Yahoo.com. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
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  8. "Warriors Announce 2014 Summer League Roster & T.V. Schedule". NBA.com. July 3, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
  9. "Warriors Sign Aaron Craft, James Michael Mcadoo & Mitchell Watt to Contracts". NBA.com. September 2, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  10. "Warriors Waive Craft, Kapono, Kilpatrick, Mcadoo and Watt". NBA.com. October 24, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  11. "Santa Cruz Warriors Announce 2014 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. November 3, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  12. Warriors Sign James Michael McAdoo to 10-Day Contract
  13. Warriors whip Nuggets 122-79 for season's most lopsided win
  14. D-League basketball: Santa Cruz Warrior's roster bolstered by NBA talent
  15. Williams, Warriors Edge Bighorns
  16. Warriors Sign James Michael McAdoo To Second 10-Day Contract
  17. Warriors Sign James Michael McAdoo for Remainder of the Season
  18. "All-Time NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  19. "NBA Development League Announces 2014-15 All-League Teams". NBA.com. April 22, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  20. "Title Wave: Santa Cruz Wins NBA D-League Championship". NBA.com. April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  21. James Michael McAdoo 2014-15 Game Log
  22. "Warriors ride hot shooting to 115-112 victory over Clippers". NBA.com. February 20, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  23. "Green, Warriors nip Timberwolves, 109-104". NBA.com. March 21, 2016. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  24. "Warriors Re-Sign Free Agent Forward James Michael McAdoo". NBA.com. July 13, 2016. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  25. Barbour, Brian (July 11, 2010). "James McAdoo Wins Gold; Heels Offer Cody Zeller". tarheelblog.com. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
  26. Rennicke, Sarah (June 26, 2014). "Anchored in the Whirlwind". fca.org. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  27. 1 2 Pritchard, Catherine (June 17, 2011). "Live Wire: Basketball talent runs in McAdoo family". FayObserver.com. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  28. Dodson, Aaron (June 19, 2014). "Q&A with former UNC forward James Michael McAdoo". DailyTarHeel.com. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
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