James Donaldson (basketball)

James Donaldson

Donaldson during his 2009 race for Mayor of Seattle.

Personal information

Born
(1957-08-17) August 17, 1957 (age 59)
Heacham, England

Nationality
English / American

Listed height
7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)

Listed weight
275 lb (125 kg)

Career information

High school
Luther Burbank
(Sacramento, California)

College
Washington State (1975–1979)

NBA draft
1979 / Round: 4 / Pick: 73rd overall

Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics

Playing career
1979–1999

Position
Center

Number
40, 35, 54

Career history

1979–1980
3A Antonini Siena (Italy)

1980–1983
Seattle SuperSonics

1983–1985
San Diego / Los Angeles Clippers

1985–1991
Dallas Mavericks

1991–1992
New York Knicks

1993
Utah Jazz

1993–1994
Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece)

1995
Utah Jazz

1996–1997
Caja San Fernando (Spain)

1997
Snai Montecatini (Italy)

1998
Breogán (Spain)

1998–1999
Gymnastikos S. Larissas (Greece)

1999
Breogán (Spain)

Career highlights and awards

NBA All-Star (1988)
Second-team All-Pac-8 (1978)

Career NBA statistics

Points
8,203 (8.6 ppg)

Rebounds
7,492 (7.8 rpg)

Blocks
1,267 (1.6 bpg)

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

James Lee Donaldson III (born August 16, 1957) is a retired professional English-American basketball player who grew up in California and played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association and several leagues across Europe. Born in Heacham, England Donaldson played high school basketball for Luther Burbank before enrolling to Washington State University to play for the Cougars.

Contents

1 Amateur career
2 Professional career
3 Personal
4 See also
5 References
6 External links

Amateur career[edit]
Donaldson, a 7’2″ center, starred at Luther Burbank High School and Washington State in the late 1970s. In his 4 seasons at WSU he averaged 8.5 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game in 84 games.[1] As of April 2015 he was the all-time leader in career blocked shots (176), blocks average (2.1), single-season blocks (82 in 1977–78), single-season blocks average (3.0 in 1977–78) and single-game blocked shots (eight versus Stanford, Jan. 25, 1978).[2] He was inducted in WSU’s athletic hall of fame in 2006.[2]
Professional career[edit]
After being drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1979 NBA draft he signed a contract with 3A Antonini Siena of the Italian Serie A.[3]
Donaldson played three seasons with Seattle before moving on to the S