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|Drafted By:||Washington Wizards (Bullets)|
|College:||University of S. Florida/University of Florida|
Jim Grandholm (born October 4, 1960 in Elkhart, Indiana) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks prior to the 1990-1991 season.
Grandholm played his freshman year of college basketball at the University of Florida, before transferring to South Florida. While at USF, he led the team in rebounding his junior and senior seasons and was selected the team's MVP all three years he was there.
He was named second team All-Sunbelt Conference his final two years and still ranks seventh all-time, in USF history, in blocked shots and eighth in total rebounds.
The Washington Bullets selected Grandholm in the fourth round of the 1984 draft but he elected to begin his professional career in Europe. Over eight seasons across the pond, he played in Switzerland, Italy and France, leading his league in rebounds each year.
The Houston Rockets signed Grandholm in 1988 and the Orlando Magic signed him in 1989 but both teams waived the 7'0 center just prior to the beginning of the season.
It was the Mavericks that signed the 30-year old NBA rookie in 1990 and, for Grandholm, the time was right. He made the squad and appeared in 26 games averaging 3.0 points per game and 1.9 rebounds per game in his only NBA season.
After a stint as a scout with the Magic, Grandhom today is a player representative.