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Damion James, Out For Season

In Free Agency, General NBA on January 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm

The Associated Press reports

New Jersey Nets forward Damion James will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to replace a screw in his right foot.

Nets General Manager Billy King announced Tuesday that James had the surgery earlier in the day at University Health Center in Indianapolis. Dr. David Porter replaced the screw in James’ fifth metatarsal.

The New Jersey Nets have declined to pickup Damion James’ team option for next season making him an unrestricted free agent this summer. They felt his injury concerns which have caused him to play just 32 games over his first two seasons did not warrant enabling the team option.

Damion James hasn’t played much and I have seen very little of him when he has played since he is on a terrible New Jersey Nets who are no fun to watch but in the brief glimpses of him that I have seen, I have been impressed. He looks a quality defender/rebounder as a power three who can also play some undersized quick four. He has struggled with his jump shot in the pros but he had decent shooting numbers in college so I am optimistic he can continue to gradually improve that shot over the next few years and turn himself into at least a serviceable jump shooter.

One of the things that stands out most, statistically, about Damion James is his possession creation. He has averaged 7.4 rebounds per 36 minutes and 2.6 combined blocks/steals per 36. Reminiscent of a Jerome Kersey. Not the athlete Kersey was but the same dogged type of physical play and hustle.

Someone worth keeping an eye out for in next summer’s free agency. He could be a gem in the rough.

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