James Mitchell Cleamons (born September 13, 1949) is an American former professional basketball player and current coach.

Jim Cleamons
Personal information
Born (1949-09-13) September 13, 1949 (age 70)
Lincolnton, North Carolina
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolLinden-McKinley (Columbus, Ohio)
CollegeOhio State (1968–1971)
NBA draft1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career1971–1980
PositionShooting guard / Point guard
Number11, 5, 35, 33
Coaching career1982–present
Career history
As player:
1971–1972Los Angeles Lakers
19721977Cleveland Cavaliers
19771979New York Knicks
1979–1980Washington Bullets
As coach:
1982–1983Furman (assistant)
1983–1987Ohio State (assistant)
1987–1989Youngstown State
19891996Chicago Bulls (assistant)
19961997Dallas Mavericks
1998–1999Chicago Condors
19992004Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
20042006New Orleans Hornets (assistant)
20062011Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
2011–2012Zhejiang Guangsha
20132014Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
20142016New York Knicks (assistant)
2017–presentYeshiva University of Los Angeles (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As assistant coach:

Career statistics
Points5,412 (8.3 ppg)
Rebounds1,981 (3.0 rpg)
Assists2,531 (3.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Playing careerEdit

He played collegiately at the Ohio State University, and was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 13th pick of the 1971 NBA draft. He had a nine-year NBA career for four teams (the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New York Knicks, and the Washington Bullets). In 1976, Cleamons was selected to the NBA All-Defense 2nd team.

Coaching careerEdit

Cleamons worked as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 to 1996. He was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks for slightly over one year, from 1996 to 1997. He was then the head coach of the Chicago Condors of the American Basketball league, a short-lived women's professional basketball league in the mid Nineties. He also served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. For a few games during his tenure with the Lakers, he served as acting head coach while Phil Jackson was absent.

In 2011, Cleamons became a coach in the Chinese Basketball Association.[1] In 2013, he became an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks.

In 2014, Cleamons joined the New York Knicks coaching staff under Derek Fisher.[2]

In 2017, Cleamons accepted a position as an assistant coach for the Yeshiva University of Los Angeles (YULA) high school boys basketball team.[3]

Head coaching recordEdit


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Youngstown State (Ohio Valley Conference[4]) (1987–1988)
1987–88 Youngstown State[5] 7–21 2–12 7th
Youngstown State: 2–12 (.143)
Youngstown State (Independent) (1988–1989)
1988–89 Youngstown State[6] 5–23
Youngstown State: 12–44 (.214)
Total: 12–44 (.214)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Dallas 1996–97 82 24 58 .293 5th in Midwest Missed Playoffs
Dallas 1997–98 16 4 12 .250 (fired)
Career 98 28 70 .286


  1. ^ Chandler is rolling the dice by going to China Archived 2011-11-10 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/knicks/2014/09/03/new-york-knickerbockers-hire-jim-cleamons-rasheed-hazzard-brian-keefe-joshua-longstaff/15036411/
  3. ^ "YULA Roster". Cooper Invitational. 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  4. ^ http://ovcsports.com/documents/2013/10/21/2013-14%20OVC%20Basketball%20Media%20Guide.pdf
  5. ^ http://web1.ncaa.org/app_data/statsPDFArchive/MBB1/A/Men%27s%20Basketball_Men%27s_Division%20I_1988_817_Youngstown%20State%20University.pdf
  6. ^ http://web1.ncaa.org/app_data/statsPDFArchive/MBB1/A/Men%27s%20Basketball_Men%27s_Division%20I_1989_817_Youngstown%20State%20University.pdf

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