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BACKGROUND
A member of Michigan's fabled "Fab Five," Jimmy King was a second-round draft choice of the expansion Toronto Raptors in 1995. The 6-5 guard played well late in the season, but was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 1996. Cut by the Mavericks in preseaon, he spent nealy all of 1996-97 in the CBA before signing on with the Denver Nuggets for the final two weeks of the NBA season. King helped Michigan to the NCAA Tournament for four consecutive years and the NCAA Championship Game in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. He finished his college career ranked second among Michigan's all-time leaders in steals and games started, third in three-point field goals, fourth in games played, seventh in assists and 11th in scoring. He is one of only eight Michigan players to have posted career totals of 1,500 points and 500 rebounds. King impressed NBA scouts at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in April, 1995, making the All-Tournament team after averaging 22.7 points per game. Drafted by the Raptors on the second round, he started slowly as a rookie but played well in the second half of the season. In his last 10 games he averaged 9.0 points in 27.1 minutes per game, his busiest and most productive stretch of the year. On July 23, 1996, he was dealt to Dallas with a pair of second-round draft picks for Popeye Jones and a first-round pick. King was waived by the Mavericks on Oct. 29, 1996 and spent 1996-97 with Quad City of the CBA before being called up by Denver for the final two weeks of the season. He appeared in just two games for the Nuggets.

1997-98 NOTES


1996-97 NOTES
Waived by Dallas on Oct. 29, 1996, King signed with the Quad City Thunder of the CBA and had an outstanding season, averaging a team-high 18.8 points per game to rank sixth in the league in scoring. King was signed by the Denver Nuggets on April 5, 1997 for the last two weeks of the NBA season. He appeared in two games, totalling six points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals in 22 minutes.

1995-96 NOTES
King played in 62 games for Toronto as a rookie, averaging 4.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 14.0 minutes per game, shooting .431 from the field and .701 from the free throw line. After being a DNP-CD in 17 of the first 40 games and averging just 2.0 ppg in the first half of the season, he earned increased playing time in the second half of the year and averaged 6.1 ppg. In the last 10 games of the season he averaged 9.0 points and 27.1 minutes per game, scoring a career-high 14 points with six rebounds and six assists at Boston on April 12 and handing out a career-high eight assists at New York on April 15. He made his only start of the year on April 8, at small forward, and played a career-high 36 minutes, geting 10 points, four rebounds and three assists. Afte the season, King was dealt with a pair of second-round draft picks to Dallas for Popeye Jones and a first-round pick.




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