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NBL: Sydney Kings sign NBA Champion Damion James
The Sydney Kings have signed their latest replacement for injured star import Josh Childress. Damion James, a member of the 2014 San Antonio Spurs Championship team, will provide some much needed energy and scoring to the Sydney outfit.
James, a 6'7" small forward, who was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 25th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, has had stints in the NBA with the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs. In total, James played 39 NBA games over 4 seasons from 2010-2014.
James was never able to find his place in the NBA, but when playing in the NBA D-League he put up impressive numbers and took over games. James' athleticism and scoring ability make him difficult to guard, and this should translate well over to the NBL.
During his time in the D-League in the 2014-15 season, James averaged 18.3 points, 10 rebounds and 3.2 assists over 29 games. His season was highlighted by a massive 40 points and 10 rebounds against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Check out the highlights below.
James last played for the Le Mans Sarthe Basket in the French League after signing for the 2015/16 season, but he left the team in late November.
The Sydney Kings hope to have James ready to go for their next game, which is against New Zealand on Friday. Sydney fans can look forward to seeing this kind of play from their newest import.