JamesOn Curry

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JamesOn Curry
Personal information
Born (1986-01-07) January 7, 1986 (age 33)
Pleasant Grove, North Carolina
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolEastern Alamance
(Mebane, North Carolina)
CollegeOklahoma State (2004–2007)
NBA draft2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51st overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career2007–2014
Career history
2007–2008Iowa Energy
2009Iowa Energy
2009–2010Springfield Armor
2010Los Angeles Clippers
2010–2011Springfield Armor
2011Toros de Aragua
2011–2012Springfield Armor
2012Basket Barcellona
2013–2014Springfield Armor
2014Bakersfield Jam
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

JamesOn Curry (born January 7, 1986) is an American professional basketball player. He played for Oklahoma State University from 2004 to 2007, and after forgoing his senior season, left for the 2007 NBA draft. He was selected in the second round, and 51st overall by the Chicago Bulls. After a stint in the NBA Development League, he was waived by the Bulls, and never played a regular season game for them.[1] In January 2010 he made his NBA debut, playing 3.9 seconds for the Los Angeles Clippers: to this day, his only NBA regular season appearance and the record for the shortest NBA career of all time.[2] He has also played professionally in Europe.

High school career[edit]

Curry attended Eastern Alamance High School, in Mebane, North Carolina, where he set the all-time North Carolina high school scoring record with 3,307 points, which was surpassed in 2018 by UNC recruit Coby White.

He averaged 40.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game as a senior and was a two-time Associated Press All-State first team selection.

College career[edit]

Curry scored an OSU freshman all-time NCAA Tournament-best 18 points in the 2005 second-round game against Southern Illinois on March 20, 2005.[3][4]

He helped Oklahoma State to a 26–7 record, the Big 12 Tournament crown and the 2005 NCAA Sweet Sixteen as a freshman in 2004–05; he started 15 of 33 games played and averaged 9.4 ppg. and 2.8 apg. and averaged 14.3 ppg. in three 2005 NCAA games.

He finished the season ranked ninth among Big 12 leaders in conference games for 3-point field goals made (1.75 per game).

He scored 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting, in his first start versus Colorado on January 30, 2005.[3][5] He made six three-pointers out of 8 attempts,[3] including 5-for-5 in the second half, in which he scored 17 of his 22.[6] He matched his career-high 22 points in a 79–67 victory over Oklahoma on February 7, 2005.[3][7]

In his freshman season, Curry scored in double digits in 15 games, including twice over 20 points.

Highlights of his sophomore season include a career-high 30 points in a 97–61 victory over Mercer on December 18, 2005,[8] and a 22-point, nine-rebound effort in an 81–60 win over Texas on February 19, 2006.[9] He recorded a double-double, scoring 16 points and making a career-high 10 assists[5][10] in a 90–56 win over Detroit on November 22, 2005, and matched that assists total against Gonzaga in a 64–62 loss on December 10, 2005.[3][5][11]

In his junior season, on November 29, 2006, Curry scored a career-high 35 points (on 12-for-19 shooting) to go along with a season-high 9 assists[3][5] with no turnovers in a 95–73 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.[12] On January 16, 2007, Curry scored 28 points and grabbed a season-high 9 rebounds[5] in 52 minutes played in a 105–103 triple-overtime win over Texas.[13] On March 3, 2007, Curry scored a new career-high 40 points,[5] including a career-high 7 three-pointers[3][5] out of ten attempts,[3][14] in an 86–82 loss to Baylor.[15]

Professional career[edit]

The Chicago Bulls selected Curry with the 51st overall pick of the 2007 NBA draft. On August 2, 2007, the Bulls announced that Curry had signed a contract and will wear number 20. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.[16][17]

On July 31, 2008, the Bulls waived Curry.[18][19][20] By releasing him, the Bulls were only obligated to pay $100,000 of his partially guaranteed salary for 2008–09.[1]

In August 2008, he was signed by Pau-Orthez of the French league,[21][22] but was waived in October after failing to impress coaching staff.[23] He later joined Proteas EKA AEL, a Cypriot team in Limassol.[3]

On January 22, 2010, Curry was signed by the Los Angeles Clippers from the Springfield Armor, for whom he had been averaging 16.1 points, 7.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds.[24] He was released by the Clippers on January 26, when the team acquired Bobby Brown.[25] He was subbed in to a game on January 25, 2010, playing just 3.9 seconds. This was the only time Curry would ever play in an NBA game.[26]

NBA D-League career[edit]

The Bulls assigned Curry to their NBA Development League affiliate Iowa Energy on November 15, 2007,[27][28] then recalled him to the NBA on December 17[27][29] but soon after reassigned him to Iowa on January 7, 2008.[27][30] He was recalled later that month.[27][31] Curry played 13 games as a starter for Iowa during the 2007–08 season, averaging 20.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.08 steals per ga39.7he minutes per game. He also shot .463 from the floor, including .377 from three-point range, and .719 from the free throw line.[31] Curry was selected 14th overall in the 2009 NBA D-League Draft by the expansion Springfield Armor on November 5. It was their first-ever pick.[32] Curry was selected to play in the 2012 NBA D-League All-Star Game in Orlando.

On November 1, 2013, he was re-acquired by the Springfield Armor.[33] On January 2, 2014, he was traded to the Bakersfield Jam.[34] On March 19, 2014, he was waived by the Jam due to a season-ending injury. He,lives in Enid Oklahoma

Legal problems[edit]

In February 2004, Curry was among 49 students arrested in a drug raid that involved North Carolina's Alamance County school system.[19] He was charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two counts of sale and delivery of marijuana, and two counts of sale, possession, and delivery of a controlled substance on school grounds.[19][35] Curry pleaded guilty to the drug charges, and the University of North Carolina, with whom he had signed a letter-of-intent, rescinded the scholarship to him.[19]

In the early morning of January 17, 2008, he was arrested in Boise, Idaho and pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and urinating in public.[36] Police took him to the Ada County jail. He was released a few hours later after posting $600 bond.[36] The Chicago Bulls suspended him one game after he pleaded guilty to the two misdemeanors.[20]

On October 20, 2014, Curry was arrested for marijuana possession and false representation to an officer in Edmond, Oklahoma.[37]


JamesOn Curry was brought up on a tobacco farm in rural North Carolina in Pleasant Grove.[38] His first name is a mix of Leon and James, honoring his father and great uncle, respectively.[38][2] Following the end of his basketball career, Curry moved back to his hometown, Pleasant Grove, in 2016. In April 2017, Curry was injured in a traffic collision. That July, he returned to Oklahoma. Subsequently, Curry worked several jobs, including as a trucker. His supervisor there asked Curry to coach the YMCA basketball team. Soon after Curry's first coaching experience, he began leading a basketball camp at Drummond High School in Drummond, Oklahoma.[2]


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