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Panathinaikos BC Superfoods announces the agreement with Mike James.

Michael "Mike" James (born August 18, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Laboral Kutxa Baskonia of the Liga ACB. He was a high school basketball standout playing for Grant High School in Portland. He played college basketball at Eastern Arizona College and Lamar University.

James, the son of Lisa Behrndt, was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. While in Portland, he played basketball for Grant High School under coach Tony Broadous. In 2007–08, as a senior, he was ranked the No. 3 Player in the state and No. 184 overall. He averaged 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals per game. The team went on to win the 2008 Oregon state championship.

He started his college career at Eastern Arizona College, a national junior college where he played under coach Maurice Leitzke. In his first year he averaged 20 points per game shooting 42 percent overall, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 78 percent free throws. He was named all-conference and all-region teams as well as being ranked No. 40 best junior college player by Rivals.com. As a sophomore he was the fourth leading scorer in the NJCAA Division I recording 26 points per game. In addition he contributed 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.

In 2010, James transferred to an NCAA Division I school, Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Here he played under coach Steve Roccaforte in 2010–11 and under coach Pat Knight for the 2011–12 NCAA season. Playing a little over 18 minutes a game he scored 12.5 points per game, along with 2.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals.

James went undrafted in the 2012 NBA draft. In August 2012, he signed with KK Zagreb of Croatia for the 2012–13 season. In December 2013, he left Zagreb. In February 2013, he signed with Hapoel Gilboa Galil of Israel for the rest of the season.

On July 2013, he signed with Paffoni Omegna of Italy for the 2013–14 season.

On August 2014, he signed a one-year contract with Kolossos Rodou of Greece. On December 2, 2014, he left Kolossos and signed with the Spanish club Laboral Kutxa Baskonia for the rest of the season. On July 6, 2015, he re-signed with Baskonia for one more season.

On July 7, 2015, James joined the Phoenix Suns for the 2015 NBA Summer League.

On July 3, 2016, James signed with Panathinaikos Superfoos Athens in Greece for the 2016–17 season. That year saw him perform his best work in the EuroLeague yet. He helped the Panathinaikos win both the Greek Cup title and the Greek Basket League championship in the 2016–17 season. He was later named the Greek Basket League's Most Spectacular Player that year as well.

On July 3, 2017, James signed with the Phoenix Suns and joined the team for the 2017 NBA Summer League. In the 2017 Summer League, he led the team in points and assists, averaging 20.5 points off of 53.8% shooting and 5.0 assists per game, as well as record 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 33.2 minutes per game for the six games the Suns played during the event. James' contract with the team is a two-way affiliate deal, their first in franchise history. He also became the first player to sign a two-way contract in the NBA after spending multiple years overseas in international leagues. On November 26, 2017, he scored a career-high 26 points in a 119–108 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. James would play his last game under his original two-way contract on December 5 against the Toronto Raptors, recording 10 points in a 126–113 loss that night. During this time, James would be considered the biggest success story to date revolving around the NBA's newest implemented system. On December 7, 2017, James contract with the Suns was converted to a one-year regular season deal, after Phoenix waived Derrick Jones Jr. On January 14, 2018, the New Orleans Pelicans signed James to a new two-way contract.[23] If James was to be assigned to the NBA G League, his assignment would be with whatever team would be best assigned for him going forward, since the Pelicans do not hold an affiliate squad of their own.

Euroleague

Season

Team

G

Pts

Avg

2FG

%

3FG

%

FT

%

Reb

St

As

Bl

2014-15

Laboral Kutxa

16

178

11.1

49/93

52.7

14/63

22.2

38/45

84.4

38

18

31

0

2015-16

Laboral Kutxa 

29

289

10

73/160

45.6

35/95

36.8

38/44

86.4

75

17

78

3

2016-17

Panathinaikos

25

328

13.1

91/155

58.7

34/100

34

44/64

68.8

55

23

75

2

Totals

70

795

11.4

213/408

52.2

83/258

32.2

120/153

78.4

168

58

184

5

Averages

70

795

11.4

213/408

52.2

83/258

32.2

120/153

78.4

2.4

0.8

2.6

0.1

Other Competitions

Season

Team

G

Pts

Avg

2FG
M-A

%

3FG
M-A

%

FT
M-A

%

Reb

St

As

Bl

2010/11

 Lamar

24

299

12.5

67/145

46.2

35/98

35.7

60/75

80.0

57

26

44

3

2011/12

 Lamar

32

548

17.1

172/346

49.7

39/120

32.5

87/108

80.6

102

50

63

4

2012/13

 KK Zagreb

9

172

19.1

54/100

54.0

19/28

67.9

19/28

67.9

28

21

24

3

 Galil Elyon

13

296

22.8

81/157

51.6

22/65

33.8

68/91

74.7

67

39

41

5

2013/14

 Omegna

33

712

21.6

200/355

56.3

62/183

33.9

126/167

75.4

179

59

161

6

2014/15

 Kolossos

8

168

21.0

38/77

49.4

20/50

40.0

32/36

88.9

41

7

27

2

 Laboral Kutxa

27

349

12.9

79/154

51.3

44/116

37.9

59/67

88.1

63

31

78

2

2015/16

 Laboral Kutxa

41

417

10.2

105/201

52.2

38/126

30.2

93/114

81.6

83

29

114

6

 2016/17

Panathnaikos 

 24

288 

 12,0

 72/146

 49.3

 20/72

 27.7

 84/95

88.4 

 64

 22

 69

 3

 2017/18

Suns/Pelicans 

36 

 335

 13.1

 97/223

 43/5

 26/98

 26.5

 64/84

 76.2

 90

 28

 126

 7

 

 

 






Season

Team

G

Pts

Avg

2FG

%

3FG

%

FT

%

Reb

St

As

Bl

2014-15

Laboral Kutxa

16

178

11.1

49/93

52.7

14/63

22.2

38/45

84.4

38

18

31

0

2015-16

Laboral Kutxa 

29

289

10

73/160

45.6

35/95

36.8

38/44

86.4

75

17

78

3

2016-17

Panathinaikos

25

328

13.1

91/155

58.7

34/100

34

44/64

68.8

55

23

75

2

Totals

70

795

11.4

213/408

52.2

83/258

32.2

120/153

78.4

168

58

184

5

Averages

70

795

11.4

213/408

52.2

83/258

32.2

120/153

78.4

2.4

0.8

2.6

0.1

Άλλες διοργανώσεις

Season

Team

G

Pts

Avg

2FG
M-A

%

3FG
M-A

%

FT
M-A

%

Reb

St

As

Bl

2010/11

 Lamar

24

299

12.5

67/145

46.2

35/98

35.7

60/75

80.0

57

26

44

3

2011/12

 Lamar

32

548

17.1

172/346

49.7

39/120

32.5

87/108

80.6

102

50

63

4

2012/13

 KK Zagreb

9

172

19.1

54/100

54.0

19/28

67.9

19/28

67.9

28

21

24

3

 Galil Elyon

13

296

22.8

81/157

51.6

22/65

33.8

68/91

74.7

67

39

41

5

2013/14

 Omegna

33

712

21.6

200/355

56.3

62/183

33.9

126/167

75.4

179

59

161

6

2014/15

 Kolossos

8

168

21.0

38/77

49.4

20/50

40.0

32/36

88.9

41

7

27

2

 Laboral Kutxa

27

349

12.9

79/154

51.3

44/116

37.9

59/67

88.1

63

31

78

2

2015/16

 Laboral Kutxa

41

417

10.2

105/201

52.2

38/126

30.2

93/114

81.6

83

29

114

6

 2016/17

Panathnaikos 

 24

288 

 12,0

 72/146

 49.3

 20/72

 27.7

 84/95

88.4 

 64

 22

 69

 3

 2017/18

Suns/Pelicans 

36 

 335

 13.1

 97/223

 43/5

 26/98

 26.5

 64/84

 76.2

 90

 28

 126

 7

 


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