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James Lee (basketball)

James Lee (born January 17, 1956) is a retired American basketball player. He won an NCAA championship at the University of Kentucky and was a second-round draft pick in the 1978 NBA Draft.

James Lee
Personal information
Born (1956-01-17) January 17, 1956 (age 63)
Lexington, Kentucky
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolHenry Clay (Lexington, Kentucky)
CollegeKentucky (1974–1978)
NBA draft1978 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
PositionSmall forward
Career history
1978–1979Tucson Gunners
1980–1981Lehigh Valley Jets
1981–1982Maine Lumberjacks
1982–1983Lancaster Lightning
1983–1984Louisville Catbirds
Career highlights and awards

Lee, a 6'5" swingman from Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky, played college basketball for his hometown Kentucky Wildcats. He was a key player for four years and averaged 11.3 points per game on 56% shooting as the sixth man on the Wildcats' 1978 national championship team.[1]

Coming off a championship year, Lee was drafted in the second round of the 1978 NBA Draft (39th pick overall) by the Seattle SuperSonics, but never played in the NBA. Lee played for the Western Basketball Association's Tucson Gunners for one season, then played several years in the Continental Basketball Association. His best year came during the 1980–81 CBA season where Lee averaged 22.3 points per game for the Lehigh Valley Jets.[2]


  1. ^ James Lee - The Draft Review, accessed September 4, 2011
  2. ^ 1983–84 Continental Basketball Association official guide, pg. 125