The Info List - James Posey

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As player:

NBA champion (2006, 2008) NBA All-Rookie Second Team
NBA All-Rookie Second Team
(2000) First-team All-Atlantic 10 (1999)

As assistant coach:

NBA champion (2016)


Men's basketball

Representing  United States

Goodwill Games

1998 New York Team competition

James Mikely Mantell Posey, Jr. (born January 13, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player. He played as a small forward for several teams in the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA). He is currently an assistant coach for the Cleveland
Cavaliers of the NBA.


1 College career 2 NBA career

2.1 Denver Nuggets 2.2 Miami Heat 2.3 Boston Celtics 2.4 New Orleans Hornets 2.5 Indiana Pacers

3 Coaching career 4 Controversy

4.1 DUI 4.2 Incidents against Chicago Bulls

5 Personal 6 NBA career statistics

6.1 Regular season 6.2 Playoffs

7 See also 8 References 9 External links

College career[edit] After attending High School in Twinsburg, Ohio, Posey came to Xavier University in the 1995–96 season, but under Prop 48 rules, was ineligible, so sat out his freshman year. Posey ranks 16th on Xavier's all-time scoring list with 1,455 points and 10th on Xavier's all-time rebounding list with 801. Posey led XU in rebounding in each of his three seasons as a Musketeer. Posey earned a long list of honors while at Xavier, including the 1998 Atlantic 10 Championship "Most Outstanding Player" Award in helping XU win its first-ever A-10 Tournament Championship. Posey earned the A-10's "Sixth Man Award" twice and was named 1999 A-10 First Team and 1999 A-10 Defensive Player of the Year. He did all of that while not being a consistent starter in the Xavier lineup, almost always coming off the bench and Posey became well sought after from several sports agents such as Bill Duffy, Andy Miller, Craig McKenzie and Mark Bartelstein. With their permission Posey allowed his interviews to be held in front of the media of the Cincinnati Enquirer.[1] NBA career[edit] Denver Nuggets[edit] Posey was selected out of Xavier University by the Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
with the 18th pick of the 1999 NBA draft. He played a little over three seasons with the team before being sent to the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
in a three-team deal also involving the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
on December 18, 2002. After finishing the season with the Rockets, he signed with the Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
as a free agent in the 2003 off-season. Miami Heat[edit] On August 2, 2005, Posey was involved in the largest trade in NBA history, which involved 13 players and five different teams. Through this trade, the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
acquired point guard Jason Williams, forward Antoine Walker, shooting guard Andre Emmett, and the draft rights to Roberto Dueñas. The Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
received shooting guard Eddie Jones, and point guard Raúl López. Boston, who dealt Walker to the Heat, received a package that included Qyntel Woods, the draft rights to Albert Miralles, two second-round draft picks, and cash. The Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
also picked up Curtis Borchardt. Utah was able to acquire center Greg Ostertag, and the New Orleans Hornets acquired small forward Rasual Butler
Rasual Butler
and shooting guard Kirk Snyder. Posey averaged 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 2005–06. After that somewhat disappointing regular season with Miami, Posey performed much better in the playoffs than expected. He had been a starter during the regular season, but head coach Pat Riley
Pat Riley
made the change of having Posey come off the bench for the playoffs. As the Heat's sixth man, Posey was able to average 11.8 points per game on 48.8% shooting against Miami's first-round opponent, the Chicago Bulls. Against Miami's second-round opponent, the New Jersey Nets, Posey was forced to play defense, particularly guarding Vince Carter or Richard Jefferson. Although Posey's scoring dropped, his defense was said to have been the key to the Heat's advancement into the conference finals. Posey again had to focus on defense against Miami's third-round opponent, the Detroit Pistons, particularly guarding Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and even sometimes Chauncey Billups
Chauncey Billups
or Rasheed Wallace. Posey's defense was able to take the pressure off of Miami's scorers like Dwyane Wade, Jason Williams and Antoine Walker
Antoine Walker
so that they could focus on their strengths on the offensive end. In the 2006 NBA Finals
2006 NBA Finals
against the Dallas Mavericks, Posey was a key factor on both ends of the court. Defensively, he, along with Udonis Haslem, provided tough defense on the Mavericks All-Star, Dirk Nowitzki. He also guarded Josh Howard, who had caused problems for Miami when Antoine Walker
Antoine Walker
was guarding him. On the offensive end, Posey played a huge role in knocking down shots as a result of Miami's All-Stars, Wade and Shaquille O'Neal, being double-teamed and needing to pass the ball. In Game 4 of the Finals, Posey was very impressive in Miami's blowout, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. In Game 6, Posey hit a huge shot to give Miami an 87–81 advantage with four minutes remaining. Miami would win the game 95-92, giving the franchise and Posey their first NBA title. Posey averaged 7.3 points and 6 rebounds in the Finals. On July 1, 2006, Posey opted to exercise his $6.4 million contract option, opting not to become a free agent.[2] He only played in 4 playoff games in the 2006–07 season, because the Heat were eliminated in the first round. Boston Celtics[edit]

Posey in Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
as a member of the Boston Celtics

On August 25, 2007, Posey signed with the Boston Celtics, adding to their revamped roster, including newcomers Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
and Ray Allen. Terms of the deal were roughly $6.67 million over 2 years, with the second year being Posey's option.[3] In the 2008 NBA Finals, Posey would win his second NBA championship, once again helping his team with tough defense and timely baskets at crunch time. On June 30, 2008, in a widely anticipated move,[4] Posey opted out of the second and final year of his contract with the Celtics and officially became an unrestricted free agent,[5] but had stated that he wanted to return to the Celtics on a new contract.[4] New Orleans Hornets[edit] On July 16, 2008, Posey signed with the New Orleans Hornets, accepting a four-year deal worth about $25 million.[6] Indiana Pacers[edit] On August 11, 2010, New Orleans sent Posey, along with Darren Collison, to the Pacers in a four-team, five-player trade with the New Jersey Nets and the Houston Rockets.[7] On December 12, 2011, Posey was amnestied by the Pacers.[8] Coaching career[edit] In September 2013, Posey was hired by the Canton Charge
Canton Charge
as an assistant coach for the 2013–14 season.[9] On August 19, 2014, Posey was hired by the Cleveland
Cavaliers as an assistant coach for the 2014–15 season.[10] In his second season with the Cavaliers, the team earned the 2016 NBA Finals
2016 NBA Finals
Championship over the 73-win Golden State Warriors. Controversy[edit] DUI[edit] On April 9, 2007, Posey was arrested on a DUI charge and was taken to Dade County Jail.[11] However, Posey continued playing with the Heat and coach Pat Riley
Pat Riley
stated he would support Posey.[12] Posey was suspended for the opener of the 2007–08 season by NBA commissioner David Stern
David Stern
after his no contest plea to reckless driving stemming from the DUI incident.[13] Incidents against Chicago Bulls[edit] As a member of the Miami Heat, Posey had been involved in several controversial incidents with the Chicago Bulls. In Game 3 of the Chicago Bulls – Miami Heat
Miami Heat
first round match Kirk Hinrich
Kirk Hinrich
was moving down the court when Posey hit Hinrich with a hard shoulder block knocking Hinrich down to the floor, was called for a Flagrant-2 Foul, and was ejected from the game. When asked about the shot to Hinrich, Posey responded, "I was just trying to get back on defense and cut the ball off." "He didn't see me and that's how collisions happen. That's all it was." When asked if he thought Posey was looking for trouble, Hinrich said, "I don't know. Maybe he was. I guess he just wanted to make a hard foul. Sometimes that's part of the game." The shot would also lead to Posey getting suspended for 1 game.[14] In the season opener of the 2006–07 NBA season, Posey was involved with another incident with Bulls rookie Tyrus Thomas, who was going for the rebound, was hit in the face by Posey which led to Thomas having his nose broken and missing a few games, and having to wear a protective mask for multiple games.[15] In this, his third incident with the Bulls at the United Center, Posey was ejected from the game with 7:16 remaining in the fourth quarter on December 27, 2006. Luol Deng, who attempted a layup, was fouled by Posey in mid-air. Deng fell hard on his wrist, which he had had surgery on just a year earlier, but it was not broken. Posey was called for a flagrant-2 foul and ejected. Posey was suspended for 1 game as a result of his infraction.[16] Personal[edit] In March 2008, Posey's girlfriend gave birth to daughter, Sai Aleke, in the Washington, D.C. area.[17] NBA career statistics[edit]


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw
Free throw

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game

 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

† Denotes season in which Posey won an NBA championship

Regular season[edit]


1999–00 Denver 81 77 25.3 .429 .373 .800 3.9 1.8 1.2 .4 8.2

2000–01 Denver 82 82 27.5 .412 .300 .816 5.3 2.0 1.1 .5 8.1

2001–02 Denver 73 63 30.7 .376 .283 .793 5.9 2.5 1.6 .5 10.7

2002–03 Denver 25 24 34.9 .373 .273 .843 5.8 3.1 1.2 .2 14.1

2002–03 Houston 58 47 28.4 .439 .326 .826 4.8 1.8 1.3 .2 9.3

2003–04 Memphis 82 82 29.9 .478 .386 .830 4.9 1.5 1.7 .5 13.7

2004–05 Memphis 50 18 27.6 .357 .309 .865 4.4 1.8 1.0 .5 8.1

2005–06† Miami 67 63 28.6 .403 .403 .787 4.8 1.3 .8 .3 7.2

2006–07 Miami 71 19 27.0 .431 .375 .827 5.0 1.3 1.0 .3 7.7

2007–08† Boston 74 2 24.6 .418 .380 .809 4.4 1.5 1.0 .3 7.4

2008–09 New Orleans 75 0 28.5 .412 .369 .822 4.8 1.1 .8 .3 8.9

2009–10 New Orleans 77 2 22.5 .365 .335 .825 4.3 1.5 .5 .2 5.2

2010–11 Indiana 49 0 17.1 .336 .316 .733 3.0 .7 .5 .1 4.9

Career 864 479 26.9 .410 .349 .820 4.7 1.6 1.1 .3 8.6



2004 Memphis 4 4 32.5 .405 .167 .905 5.5 1.0 2.3 .5 12.5

2005 Memphis 4 0 25.0 .440 .467 .769 3.3 1.0 .5 .3 9.8

2006† Miami 22 1 27.5 .430 .422 .730 5.7 .9 .8 .1 7.3

2007 Miami 4 1 34.8 .385 .316 1.000 7.8 1.5 2.0 1.3 7.8

2008† Boston 26 0 22.0 .437 .398 .875 3.6 1.1 1.0 .3 6.7

2009 New Orleans 5 0 24.6 .375 .263 .846 6.2 .6 .6 .0 11.4

Career 65 6 25.7 .421 .387 .831 4.8 1.0 1.0 .3 7.9

See also[edit]

National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association

Bulls–Heat rivalry


^ Agents court Xavier star ^ Posey Will Stay With Heat ^ HoopsHype – NBA Salaries – Boston Celtics ^ a b Chris Forsberg, Posey to opt out today, The Boston Globe, June 30, 2008. ^ Marc J. Spears, Posey out; offer to Allen?, The Boston Globe, June 30, 2008. ^ ESPN – Posey agrees to four-year deal with Hornets – NBA ^ "Pacers get Collison from Hornets in 4-team trade". NBA.com. August 11, 2010. Archived from the original on August 15, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010.  ^ " Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
Waive James Posey
James Posey
Under Amnesty Clause". SI.com. December 12, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2011.  ^ James Posey
James Posey
Added as Charge Assistant Coach ^ Cavs Complete Coaching Staff ^ Topic Galleries – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com[permanent dead link] ^ ESPN – Posey plays in Heat loss a day after DUI arrest – NBA ^ Marc J. Spears, Physical play pushed limits, The Boston Globe ^ "Suspended for Game 4, Posey won't back down". findarticles.com. Retrieved April 30, 2006. [dead link] ^ Hanley, Brian (November 1, 2006). "Thomas learns breaks of game". chicagosuntimes.com. Retrieved November 1, 2006.  ^ "Posey suspended one game for flagrant foul". espn.com. Retrieved December 29, 2006.  ^ Gary Dzen, Posey a dad, The Boston Globe, March 26, 2008.

External links[edit]

Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com

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Boston Celtics
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2007–08 NBA champions

0 Powe 5 Garnett 9 Rondo 11 Davis 13 Pruitt 20 R. Allen 28 Cassell 34 Pierce (Finals MVP) 41 Posey 42 T. Allen 43 Perkins 44 Scalabrine 50 House 66 Pollard 93 Brown

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0 Love 1 J. Jones 2 Irving 4 Shumpert 5 Smith 8 Dellavedova 9 Frye 12 McRae 13 Thompson 14 Kaun 20 Mozgov 23 James (Finals MVP) 24 Jefferson 30 Dah. Jones 52 Williams

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Assistant coaches Brielmaier Boylan Drew Handy Longabardi Dam. Jones Posey Potapenko