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Bernard James

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Background

PROFESSIONAL CAPSULE:
Holds averages of 2.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 7.9 minutes in 76 career games (11 starts) with Dallas…has shot 50.8% from the field…became the 1st Mavs rookie in franchise history to record 7 blocks in a game at NO (2/22/13).

2013-14 SEASON:
Averaged 0.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 4.9 minutes in 30 games while shooting 47.8% (11-23 FGs) from the field…grabbed 4 rebounds in 6 minutes vs. LAL (11/5/13)…5 points (2-2 FGs, 1-1 FTs) and 2 rebounds in 7 minutes at MIN (11/8/13)…5 points (2-3 FGs, 1-1 FTs) and 4 rebounds (2 OR) in 10 minutes vs. CHA (12/3/13)…5 points (2-4 FGs, 1-2 FTs), season-high 6 rebounds (3 OR) and 1 block in 11 minutes at POR (12/7/13)…season-high 7 points (2-6 FGs, 3-3 FTs) to go with seasonhigh- tying 6 rebounds (2 OR), 1 steal and 1 block in 22 minutes at SAC (12/9/13)…assigned to the Texas Legends (D-League) on 2/27/14…in lone D-League game, game-high 38 points (18-20 FGs, 2-6 FTs) to go with game-high-tying 18 rebounds (10 OR), 2 steals and 4 blocks in 37 minutes vs. the L.A. Defenders (2/27/14)…recalled from the D-League (2/28/14)…recorded 4 rebounds and 1 steal in 10 minutes at DEN (3/5/14)…2 points (1-1 FGs), 2 rebounds and 1 block in 4 minutes at GS (3/11/14)…recorded 52 DNP-CDs.

PREVIOUS SEASONS:
2012-13: Averaged 2.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 9.9 minutes in 46 games (11 starts) while shooting 51.5% (53-103 FGs) from the field…among rookie leaders, ranked 20th in rebounding and 7th in blocks…2 games with 10+ points…7 games with 3+ blocks…made NBA regular-season debut at UTA (10/31/12) and had 8 points (1-5 FGs, 6-6 FTs), 6 rebounds and 1 steal in 16 minutes…6 points (2-4 FGs, 2-2 FTs) and season-high-tying (team-high) 9 rebounds (4 OR) in 18 minutes vs. TOR (11/7/12)…DAL was +14 with him on the floor vs. TOR (11/7/12)…6 points (3-4 FGs) and 4 rebounds in 10 minutes vs. MIN (11/12/12)…9 points (2-4 FGs, 5-6 FTs), 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 16 minutes at IND (11/16/12)…4 points (2-5 FGs), 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in 16 minutes at CLE (11/17/12)…4 points (2-2 FGs), 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in 18 minutes vs. GS (11/19/12)…7 points (3-4 FGs, 1-3 3FTs), 5 rebounds, 4 blocks and 1 steal in 15 minutes vs. LAL (11/24/12)…6 points (3-8 FGs), 3 rebounds, 18 minutes in “Seats for Soldiers” game vs. DET (12/1/12)…season-high 12 points (6-10 FGs) to go with season-high-tying 9 rebounds (5 OR) and 3 blocks in 22 minutes vs. MIA (12/20/12)…made 1st career start vs. PHO (1/27/13) and had 2 points (1-2 FGs) and 3 rebounds in 11 minutes…in 2nd career start, 10 points (5-9 FGs) and 3 rebounds in 15 minutes at POR (1/29/13)…6 points (2-2 FGs, 2-3 FTs) and 8 rebounds (3 OR) in 18 minutes at GS (1/31/13)…7 points (3-4 FGs, 1-1 FTs) and 5 rebounds in 17 minutes at PHO (2/1/13)…5 points (2-3 FGs, 1-2 FTs), 6 rebounds (3 OR) and 3 blocks in 16 minutes vs. SAC (2/13/13)…6 points (2-5 FGs, 2-2 FTs) and 4 rebounds in 13 minutes vs. ORL (2/20/13)…4 points (2-2 FGs), 6 rebounds and season-high 7 blocks in 15 minutes at NO (2/22/13)…he became the 1st Mavs rookie in franchise history to record 7 blocks in a game...since the NBA began tracking blocked shots in 1973, only 3 other players had recorded at least 7 swats while playing less than 16 minutes in a game: Caldwell Jones (1977), Manute Bol (twice: 1988 and 1992) and Sam Bowie (1992)…recorded 31 DNP-CDs…spent 5 games on the inactive list (CD).

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Selected by Cleveland in the second round (33rd overall pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft…draft rights traded to Dallas along with the draft rights to Jared Cunningham (24th overall pick) and Jae Crowder (34th overall selection) in exchange for Kelenna Azubuike and the draft rights to Tyler Zeller (17th overall pick)…waived by Dallas (7/19/13)…re-signed by Dallas (7/26/13).

COLLEGE:
Finished career at Florida State ranked 2nd in school history with a 62.7% FG%…also finished 3rd in school history with 164 blocked shots despite playing only two seasons at FSU…his 2.4 blocked shots per game average (164 blocks in 69 career games) is the highest per game blocked shots average in school history...earned Most Courageous Award by the United States Basketball Writers of America…earned All-ACC Honorable Mention honors as a senior…named to ACC All-Defensive team as a senior…during his two-year career at FSU, led the Seminoles to their first ACC Championship in school history and to appearances in the NCAA Tournament. 2011-12: As a senior at FSU, ranked 1st on team in rebounds (8.1 rpg), blocks (2.3 bpg) and FG% (.606) while ranking 2nd in points (10.8 ppg)…18 games with 10+ points…8 games with 10+ rebounds…career-high 19 points to go with 9 rebounds in NCAA Tournament vs. St. Bonaventure…scored 18 points on 3 occasions: at Virginia Tech, vs. Miami and vs. UCF…career-high 15 rebounds at Virginia Tech…scored 17 points on 2 occasions: vs. Loyola Marymount and vs. Maryland. 2010-11: As a junior, ranked 1st on team in blocks (2.4 bpg) and FG% (.657), while ranking 2nd in rebounds (5.9 rpg) and 4th in points (8.6 ppg)…14 games with 10+ points…4 games with 10+ rebounds…season-high 16 points to go with 7 rebounds vs. North Carolina State...15 points and 10 rebounds in his Division I debut vs. North Florida…14 points and 10 rebounds in NCAA Tournament game vs. Notre Dame. 2008-10: In two seasons at Tallahassee Community College, ranked 2nd in school history in FG% (.624), rebounds (512) and blocks (131)…averaged 13.6 points and 9.8 rebounds in two seasons (52 career games), while posting 24 career double-doubles…earned All-Panhandle Conference First Team honors twice...led his team to the FCCAA Championship Game…38 points (15-19 FGs) to go with 16 rebounds against Northwest Florida State…19 points and 16 rebounds against Pensacola Junior College...20 points and 12 rebounds against Gulf Coast Community College...as a sophomore, averaged a double-double of 14.0 points and 10.3 rebounds…recorded 13 double doubles on the year…as a freshman, averaged 12.1 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting 61.7% from the floor.

PERSONAL:
Born Feb. 7, 1985...the son of Darryl and Beverly Cook...his step-father is a career military man...one of five brothers and sisters...a former Staff Sergeant in the Air Force…served six years in the Air Force (2003-08) including three tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Qatar…did not play organized basketball until joining the Air Force in 2003…was first seen by Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton in 2005 at a U.S. Armed Forces All-Star tournament in Las Vegas...earned academic honors as was named a "Leader for Life" by the National Junior College Athletic Association during his sophomore season at TCC…attended Windsor Forest High School but did not play basketball...was cut from the freshman team.

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Height: 6'10''/ 2.08m
Weight: 240 lbs./ 108.9 kg
Born: February 07, 1985
From: Florida State University
Draft: 2nd Round (33rd pick) 2012 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2012
Years Pro: 2
Previous Teams:
  Dallas Mavericks 2012 - 2013
Prior to NBA/Country: Florida State/USA

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