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Jim McIlvaine

Jim McIlvaine
Personal information
Born (1972-07-30) July 30, 1972 (age 48)
Racine, Wisconsin
NationalityAmerican
Listed height7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Catherine (Racine, Wisconsin)
CollegeMarquette (1990–1994)
NBA draft1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall
Selected by the Washington Bullets
Playing career1994–2001
PositionCenter
Number22
Career history
19941996Washington Bullets
19961998Seattle SuperSonics
19982001New Jersey Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points1,072 (2.7 ppg)
Rebounds1,243 (3.1 rpg)
Blocks691 (1.7 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

James Michael McIlvaine (born July 30, 1972) is a retired American professional basketball player who spent seven seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Washington Bullets, Seattle SuperSonics, and New Jersey Nets. The 7-foot-1 shot-blocking specialist is perhaps best remembered for the fall-out that occurred after he signed with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1996.

McIlvaine is married to Gwendolyn, a 6'7" center of the University of North Carolina's 1994 championship women's basketball team. He currently works as a radio color analyst for Marquette men's basketball and also as part of the online support staffer for Optima Batteries in Milwaukee.[1]

NBA career

Early career

After playing at St. Catherine's High School in Racine (averaging 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 8.1 blocked shots as a senior) and blocking a school-record 399 shots at Marquette University, McIlvaine was named NABC Defensive Player of the Year and was drafted with the fifth pick in the second round of the 1994 draft by the Washington Bullets (now Washington Wizards). He spent two years with the team, primarily in a backup role to Gheorghe Mureșan. In limited playing time, McIlvaine averaged fewer than 15 minutes a game during his second year. In 1996, McIlvaine entered free agency.

Seattle SuperSonics signing

In 1996, the Sonics offered a seven-year, $33.6 million free-agent contract to McIlvaine. Seattle fans were upset,[2] and so was superstar forward Kemp, who had been asking for a contract increase after leading the team to a franchise-record 64 wins and its best postseason performance in 17 years, including the third Finals appearance in franchise history. But because Kemp signed a contract extension in 1994, the NBA's collective bargaining agreement (CBA) forbid any changes to that contract until October 1997.

Despite fan derision, McIlvaine helped the Sonics win its division in each of his two years with the Sonics. Following the 1997 season, Seattle was involved in a three-team trade that sent Kemp to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for the Milwaukee Bucks' Vin Baker, with the Cavaliers' Terrell Brandon and Tyrone Hill going to Milwaukee.

Final years

In his first season in Seattle, McIlvaine registered career highs in games (82), minutes (1,477), points per game (3.8), rebounds per game (4.0), and steals (0.5), while also averaging two blocks per game. His second season in Seattle saw him decline in every major statistical category, although he still posted numbers close to his career bests in most areas. Eventually, McIlvaine was dealt to New Jersey in 1998 for Don MacLean and Michael Cage, primarily to open up salary cap room.

McIlvaine rounded out his career with the Nets, playing three injury-riddled seasons with the team. In 1999–2000, McIlvaine played 66 games in his best season since leaving Seattle, but injury problems and declining numbers continued to hamper him until his contract was bought out by the Nets after the 2000–01 NBA season. McIlvaine retired with an average of 2.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.71 blocks in 401 career games.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1994–95 Washington 55 0 9.7 .479 .683 1.9 .2 .2 1.1 1.7
1995–96 Washington 80 6 14.9 .428 .552 2.9 .1 .3 2.1 2.3
1996–97 Seattle 82 79 18.0 .471 .143 .495 4.0 .3 .5 2.0 3.8
1997–98 Seattle 78 72 15.5 .453 .000 .556 3.3 .2 .3 1.8 3.2
1998–99 New Jersey 22 1 12.2 .431 .667 2.5 .1 .4 1.5 2.2
1999–2000 New Jersey 66 53 15.9 .416 .518 3.5 .5 .4 1.8 2.4
2000–01 New Jersey 18 3 10.7 .357 .667 1.9 .2 .4 .8 1.6
Career 401 214 14.8 .446 .100 .551 3.1 .3 .3 1.7 2.7

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1997 Seattle 5 0 5.6 .571 .500 .4 .0 .2 .4 1.8
1998 Seattle 6 4 9.8 .300 .000 .500 1.7 .2 .3 1.0 2.2
Career 11 4 7.9 .370 .000 .500 1.1 .1 .3 .7 2.0

See also

References

  1. ^ Pablo S. Torre (July 4, 2011). "Larger Than Real Life". Sports Illustrated: 110–120. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  2. ^ ESPN.com – Page2 – The Readers' List: Worst free-agent signings

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