James White the 4th is 6 foot 7 inches and 205 pounds. James signed a guaranteed contract with the NY Knicks this summer after NY brought him in for a private work out. James was scouted in Europe, where he has built a solid career and fine-tuned his skills. However, the real question is, will James have a roll in the rotation or will he be warming the bench.
James attended Florida University and seemed to have a growing role as freshmen. The following year, James transferred to the U of Cincinnati where he started for 3 consecutive years. His scoring average rose every year and topped off at 16.3 a game. He was drafted 31st in the second round of the 2006 NBA draft.
His draft team was the Portland Trailblazers, but his rights were traded to Indiana where he was given a chance. Roster spots for 2nd rounder’s are non-guaranteed so, Indiana had some tough choices to make and White was one of their last cuts to make and a difficult one it was.
White signed a 2 year deal with the Spurs and was assigned to their D-League team. He was up and down in the 2006/7 season and was eventually waived in the summer of 2007.
Looking to get regular playing time and make a living, James left for Europe and the Middle East. He joined the Turkish club Fenerbahce and helped them to the Euro League playoffs.
In 2009 James joined the Anaheim D-League franchise and eventually signed with the Rockets on a 10 day contract. He impressed enough to sign a multi-year deal with Houston. In early fall of 2009 James was traded to Denver for the rights to a Belgian born player. He was waived by the Nuggets in October of 2009.
For most players, the NBA is the first and only option, but sometimes Europe is a place to work on your game and live the dream we all want to live. James signed a deal with a Russian Super League team in 2009. His next team was the Italian club team called Dinamo and then Scavolini. This is where James fine tuned his skills and matured as a player. His second chance was right around the corner.
In the early summer the Knicks brought James in for a private work out under the Medias nose. He must have impressed, because NY signed him to a guaranteed deal for the veterans minimum. He signed in time to join the summer league team for a few games, where he impressed.
Will James White help where the Knicks need it? His defense is his pride; however his jumper is a little shaky. His major asset is his leaping ability and his quickness. If James can take opponents of the dribble and drive, he will most definitely be fouled and get to the line. His high flying act could be amplified if Felton or Kidd can build some chemistry with him. We don’t know if James will see the court or just sit on the bench, but we do know he is here for the year. The season is long and tough, so I would not be surprised if James saw some action in the middle of the season. The Knicks are trying to upgrade their PF and SF positions and that result will directly affect White’s contribution. In the end, James is a nice addition to a team hungry for hungry players. James White is focused, ready, willing and able, to help the Knicks to the level of greatness.
Peter A. Knickswag Chief Editor