James Gerard Spanarkel (born June 28, 1957) is an American television analyst for the Brooklyn Nets on the YES Network and College Basketball on CBS and a former professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks. He played college basketball for Duke, where he was an All-American.
|Born||June 28, 1957|
Jersey City, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Hudson Catholic|
(Jersey City, New Jersey)
|NBA draft||1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||2,505 (9.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||652 (2.5 rpg)|
|Assists||572 (2.2 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
College and professional basketballEdit
Spanarkel was a First Team Acclaim All American, in addition the First Team All-ACC and the first 2000-point scorer in Duke Blue Devils history. He was named Duke's team MVP for his final three seasons, 1977, 1978, and 1979. Spanarkel was also team captain in his junior and senior years, and was announced NCAA's East Regional Most Outstanding Player in 1978. Duke finished as the national runner-up that year to Kentucky. At Duke, Spanarkel was also a pitcher on the baseball team for two years. He graduated from university in 1979.
The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Spanarkel with the 16th overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft and spent his first season, the 1979–80 campaign, with the Sixers. He played the next four seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, leading the club in scoring for the 1980–81 season with a 14.4 ppg average. His NBA career ended in 1984.
Jim Spanarkel has worked over 20 years as Nets television analyst (currently on the YES Network), and he additionally works CBS Sports' regular season with Ian Eagle and NCAA Men's Championship college basketball coverage with Verne Lundquist (analysis). He also served as a studio analyst for NBA TV. During his entire broadcasting career, he has provided basketball coverage on CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, and as of late the Brooklyn Nets on YES. In 2013, Spanarkel called the international telecasts of the 2013 NBA Finals alongside Eagle. He has also been chief commentator for the Travers Cups and various member guest tournaments at Upper Montclair. Spanarkel used to work primarily with Ian Eagle during CBS's telecast of the NCAA tournament, through 2013.
Spanarkel is married to Janet, and the couple has four children, James, Bridget, Stephanie, and Andrew. He is currently a First Vice President and a certified financial planner at Merrill Lynch in New Jersey.
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Duke record bookEdit
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- In 1990, Jim Spanarkel was inducted into the Duke Sports Hall of Fame.
- In 2001, Spanarkel was inducted into the Duke Circle of Honor.
- Jim Spanarkel was inducted into the UPI First Team All-America: 1979.
- He was inducted second into the All-ACC Team.
- MVP of All-ACC Tournament teams in 1978; 1979.
- He was the ACC Freshman of the year in 1976 for Duke.
- He has the NCAA East Regional MOP: 1978.
- He was the All-NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
- Sparnakel was GTE Academic All-Americans consecutively in 1978 and 1979.
- James was Team Captain in 1978–1979.
- Won the Swett Memorial Trophy (Duke MVP) three years in a row: 1977, 1978, and 1979.
- In 2014, won the New York Emmy Award for Best Sports Analyst for the YES Network broadcasts of Brooklyn Nets games.
- "Nets:Broadcasters". Archived from the original on October 31, 2006. Retrieved November 7, 2006.
- 1980-81 Dallas Mavericks Roster and Stats. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
- "NBA.com NBA TV Talent:Jim Spanarkel". Retrieved November 7, 2006.
- "NBA and Duke Statistics". Retrieved November 7, 2006.
- "Duke Sports Hall of Fame". Retrieved November 7, 2006.
- "Duke Circle of Honor". Retrieved November 7, 2006.
- "UPI First Team All-America". Retrieved November 7, 2006.
- "All ACC Team". Retrieved November 7, 2006.
- "MVP of ALL-ACC Tournament Teams". Retrieved November 7, 2006.
- "ACC Rookie of the Year". Retrieved November 7, 2006.
- "NCAA East Regional MOP". Retrieved November 7, 2006.
- "All NCAA Tournament". Retrieved November 7, 2006.
- "GTE Academic All-Americans". Retrieved November 7, 2006.
- "Duke Team Captains". Retrieved November 7, 2006.
- "Swett Memorial Trophy". Retrieved November 7, 2006.
- "Breen, Spanarkel, Maher win Emmys". Retrieved April 4, 2014.