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Jim Cleamons

Jim Cleamons
New York Knicks
Assistant coach
Personal information
Born (1949-09-13) September 13, 1949
Lincolnton, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Linden-McKinley (Columbus, Ohio)
College Ohio State (1968–1971)
NBA draft 1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 1971–1980
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
Number 11, 5, 35, 33
Career history
As player:
1971–1972 Los Angeles Lakers
19721977 Cleveland Cavaliers
19771979 New York Knicks
1979–1980 Washington Bullets
As coach:
1982–1983 Furman (assistant)
1983–1987 Ohio State (assistant)
1987–1989 Youngstown State
19891996 Chicago Bulls (assistant)
19961997 Dallas Mavericks
1998–1999 Chicago Condors (ABL)
19992004 Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
20042006 New Orleans Hornets (assistant)
20062011 Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
2011–2012 Zhejiang Guangsha (China)
20132014 Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
2014–present New York Knicks (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 5,412 (8.3 ppg)
Rebounds 1,981 (3.0 rpg)
Assists 2,531 (3.9 apg)
Stats at

James Mitchell "Jim" Cleamons (born September 13, 1949) is a retired American professional basketball player and current coach. He played collegiately at the Ohio State University, and was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 13th pick of the 1971 NBA Draft. He had a nine-year NBA career for four different teams (the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New York Knicks, and the Washington Bullets). In 1976, Cleamons was selected to the NBA All-Defense 2nd team.

Cleamons worked as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 to 1996. He was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks for slightly over one year, from 1996 to 1997. He was then the head coach of the Chicago Condors. He also served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. For a few games during his tenure with the Lakers, he served as acting head coach while Phil Jackson was absent.

In 2011, Cleamons became a coach in the Chinese Basketball Association.[1] In 2013, he became an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks.

In 2014, Cleamons joined the New York Knicks coaching staff under Derek Fisher.[2]


  • Coaching record 1
    • NBA 1.1
    • College basketball 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3

Coaching record


Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Dallas 1996–97 82 24 58 .293 5th in Midwest Missed Playoffs
Dallas 1997–98 16 4 12 .250 in Midwest Fired
Career 98 28 70 .286

College basketball

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Youngstown State (Ohio Valley Conference[3]) (1987–1988)
1987–1988 Youngstown State[4] 7–21 2–12 7th
Youngstown State: 2–12 (.143)
Youngstown State (Independent) (1988–1989)
1988–1989 Youngstown State[5] 5–23
Youngstown State: 12–44 (.214)
Total: 12–44 (.214)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Chandler is rolling the dice by going to China
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External links

  • Jim Cleamons (as coach)
  • Jim Cleamons (as player)
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