James Singleton (basketball)
James Alexander Singleton (born July 20, 1981) is a former American professional basketball player and current assistant coach of Austin Spurs of the NBA G League. The 6'8" forward played two years of college basketball for Murray State.
Singleton with the Mavericks
|League||NBA G League|
|Born||July 20, 1981|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Hirsch Metropolitan|
|College||Pearl River CC (1999–2001)|
Murray State (2001–2003)
|NBA draft||2003 / Undrafted|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|2004–2005||Armani Jeans Milano|
|2005–2007||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2010–2011||Xinjiang Flying Tigers|
|2011–2012||Guangdong Southern Tigers|
|2012–2014||Xinjiang Flying Tigers|
|2015||Guaros de Lara|
|2016||Maccabi Kiryat Gat|
|2016–2017||Seoul SK Knights|
|2017–present||Austin Spurs (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
As assistant coach:
During his college career, Singleton, a graduate of Chicago's Hirsch High School, attended Pearl River Community College and Murray State University. In his two years at Murray State, he averaged 13.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 60 games. He earned second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors in 2001–02 and first-team honors in 2002–03. He also led the OVC in rebounds as a senior.
Undrafted by an NBA franchise, Singleton began his professional career in Italy playing with the Sicc Cucine Jesi (Lega2) during the 2003–04 season, averaging 20.8 points and 12 rebounds per game. He won the Lega2 title with his team which allowed Jesi there appear in Serie A. He also received Eurobasket All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year award.
He later signed with the Olimpia Milano (Serie A) team. He averaged 11.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and two steals in 46 games during the 2004–05 season, helping his team reach the Italian SerieA League Finals. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 2005 Italian League All-Star Game. During his tenure, Singleton was a fan favorite for his high-flying acrobatics and his tenacious defense.
He was signed on August 30, 2005 by the Los Angeles Clippers to a two-year contract. This period marked his first appearance in the NBA.
Achieving success in Europe again Singleton returned for his second opportunity in the NBA as several teams took notice of his marked improvement. He would end up joining the Dallas Mavericks.
On February 13, 2010, Singleton was traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Washington Wizards along with Drew Gooden, Josh Howard and Quinton Ross for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson.
On September 6, 2010, The Washington Post reported that Singleton had rejected a contract offer from the Wizards and signed with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association in which he helped lead the team to the CBA finals.
Singleton joined the Guangdong Southern Tigers for the 2011–12 season and helped lead the team to the CBA Finals. After the CBA season ended, he returned to the Washington Wizards. Later in 2012, he returned to the Xinjiang Flying Tigers signing a two-year contract with the club.
Taking time off from basketball for the birth of his son, Singleton was acquired by the Canton Charge on January 29, 2015. On May 8, he signed with Guaros de Lara of the Venezuelan Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB).
On August 7, 2016, he signed with Maccabi Kiryat Gat. He left Kiryat Gat after appearing in eight games, and on December 20, 2016, he signed with Seoul SK Knights of the Korean Basketball League.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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|
- "Wizards Acquire Howard, Gooden, Singleton, and Ross From Mavericks". NBA.com. February 13, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
- Lee, Michael (2010-09-06). "James Singleton leaves Wizards for China". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
- WIZARDS SIGN SINGLETON TO 10-DAY CONTRACT
- Urumqi reunion: James Singleton to return to Xinjiang (and other updates on CBA imports)
- Charge Make Roster Moves
- Guaros ink James Singleton
- "James Singleton agreed to terms with Bnei Herzliya". Sportando.com. August 13, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
- James Singleton officially inks with Maccabi Kiryat Gat
- James Singleton leaves Israel to sign with Seoul Knights
- James Singleton (ex Maccabi K/G) is a newcomer at SK Knights