|Birthplace:||Copiague, New York|
Mike James (born June 23, 1975 in Copiague, New York) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on January 8, 2013.
James attended Duquesne University where he was selected First Team All-Atlantic 10 his senior season and left the school third all-time in steals, fifth all-time in assists and 10th all-time in points.
Undrafted in 1989, James began his pro career in the CBA before spending time overseas with teams in France and Austria.
A true definition of the word "journeyman", James went on to play for eleven different NBA teams over his first twelve seasons in the league. Despite his ability to score and make plays, he just never stuck with any one team for longer than two seasons.
His first taste of the NBA came during the 2001-2001 campaign when he saw action in 15 games for Miami. It was enough for the Heat to bring him back the next year when he played in 78 games and averaged 7.8 points per game.
The next season, however, he found himself in Detroit where is 6.3 points over 26 games helped propel the Pistons to the NBA Championship. The end of the season brought another move, this time to Boston where he saw significantly more action appearing in 55 games for the Celtics and upping his scoring average to 10.7 ppg.
James' scoring average continued to rise the next year in Houston (12.4 points in 27 games) and remained respectable the following season when he averaged 11.4 points in 47 games for the Milwaukee Bucks.
The 2005-2006 season brought James to his sixth NBA stop, this time in Toronto. It was there that the 6'2 guard had his most productive season posting career highs of 20.3 points and 5.8 assists while seeing action in 79 games.
Another season brought another stop the next year as James played in all 82 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves averaging 10.1 ppg.
The following seasons brought a return stint in Houston, parts of two seasons in New Orleans and Washington respectively before going overseas again. This time he joined a team in Turkey.
2011-2012 saw James split time with Erie of the NBA Development League and the Chicago Bulls where he helped carry the load for an injured Derrick Rose.
On January 1, 2013 he signed to play with the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League seeing action in two games before being signed to a 10-day contract by the Mavericks. He signed a second 10-day deal with the club on January 18.