James Posey
James Posey Hornets.jpg
Posey with the New Orleans Hornets
Washington Wizards
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1977-01-13) January 13, 1977 (age 45)
Cleveland, Ohio
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolR. B. Chamberlain
(Twinsburg, Ohio)
CollegeXavier (1996–1999)
NBA draft1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career1999–2011
PositionSmall forward
Number41, 55, 42
Coaching career2013–present
Career history
As player:
19992002Denver Nuggets
2002–2003Houston Rockets
20032005Memphis Grizzlies
20052007Miami Heat
2007–2008Boston Celtics
20082010New Orleans Hornets
2010–2011Indiana Pacers
As coach:
2013–2014Canton Charge (assistant)
20142019Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
2022–presentWashington Wizards (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As assistant coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points4,214 (8.6 ppg)
Rebounds4,532 (4.7 rpg)
Assists903 (1.6 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Men's basketball
Representing  United States
Goodwill Games
Gold medal – first place 1998 New York Team competition

James Mikely Mantell Posey Jr. (born January 13, 1977) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played the small forward position for the Denver Nuggets,the Memphis Grizzlies,the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics, the New Orleans Hornets, and the Indiana Pacers. Posey won NBA championships as a member of the 2006 Miami Heat and the 2008 Boston Celtics.

College career

After attending High School in Twinsburg, Ohio, Posey came to Xavier University in the 1995–96 season, but under Prop 48 rules, was ineligible, so sat out his freshman year. Posey ranks 16th on Xavier's all-time scoring list with 1,455 points and 10th on Xavier's all-time rebounding list with 801. Posey led XU in rebounding in each of his three seasons as a Musketeer. Posey earned a long list of honors while at Xavier, including the 1998 Atlantic 10 Championship "Most Outstanding Player" Award in helping XU win its first-ever A-10 Tournament Championship. Posey earned the A-10's "Sixth Man Award" twice and was named 1999 A-10 First Team and 1999 A-10 Defensive Player of the Year. He did all of that while not being a consistent starter in the Xavier lineup, almost always coming off the bench and Posey became well sought after from several sports agents such as Bill Duffy, Andy Miller, Craig McKenzie and Mark Bartelstein. With their permission Posey allowed his interviews to be held in front of the media of the Cincinnati Enquirer.[1]

Professional career

Denver Nuggets (1999–2002)

Posey was selected out of Xavier University by the Denver Nuggets with the 18th pick of the 1999 NBA draft. His rookie season, Posey averaged 8.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game en route to being named to the all-rookie second team.[2]

On December 22, 2001, Posey scored a then career-high 33 points during a 105-101 loss to the Golden State Warriors.[3]

In total, Posey played a little over three seasons with the team.

Houston Rockets (2002–2003)

Posey was sent to the Houston Rockets in a three-team deal also involving the Philadelphia 76ers on December 18, 2002.

Memphis Grizzlies (2003–2005)

After finishing the season with the Rockets, Posey signed with the Memphis Grizzlies as a free agent in the 2003 off-season.

On March 29, 2004, Posey scored a career-high 38 points, including making a three-point shot to force a second overtime, during a 136-133 win against the Atlanta Hawks.[4]

Miami Heat (2005–2007)

On August 2, 2005, Posey was involved in the largest trade in NBA history, which involved 13 players and five different teams. Through this trade, the Miami Heat acquired point guard Jason Williams, forward Antoine Walker, shooting guard Andre Emmett, and the draft rights to Roberto Dueñas. The Memphis Grizzlies received shooting guard Eddie Jones, and point guard Raúl López. Boston, who dealt Walker to the Heat, received a package that included Qyntel Woods, the draft rights to Albert Miralles, two second-round draft picks, and cash. The Boston Celtics also picked up Curtis Borchardt. Utah was able to acquire center Greg Ostertag, and the New Orleans Hornets acquired small forward Rasual Butler and shooting guard Kirk Snyder. Posey averaged 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 2005–06.

After that somewhat disappointing regular season with Miami, Posey performed much better in the playoffs than expected. He had been a starter during the regular season, but head coach Pat Riley made the change of having Posey come off the bench for the playoffs. As the Heat's sixth man, Posey was able to average 11.8 points per game on 48.8% shooting against Miami's first-round opponent, the Chicago Bulls. Against Miami's second-round opponent, the New Jersey Nets, Posey was forced to play defense, particularly guarding Vince Carter or Richard Jefferson. Although Posey's scoring dropped, his defense was said to have been the key to the Heat's advancement into the conference finals.

Posey again had to focus on defense against Miami's third-round opponent, the Detroit Pistons, particularly guarding Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and even sometimes Chauncey Billups or Rasheed Wallace. Posey's defense was able to take the pressure off of Miami's scorers like Dwyane Wade, Jason Williams and Antoine Walker so that they could focus on their strengths on the offensive end.

In the 2006 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, Posey was a key factor on both ends of the court. Defensively, he, along with Udonis Haslem, provided tough defense on the Mavericks All-Star, Dirk Nowitzki. He also guarded Josh Howard, who had caused problems for Miami when Antoine Walker was guarding him. On the offensive end, Posey played a huge role in knocking down shots as a result of Miami's All-Stars, Wade and Shaquille O'Neal, being double-teamed and needing to pass the ball. In Game 4 of the Finals, Posey was very impressive in Miami's blowout, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. In Game 6, Posey hit a huge shot to give Miami an 87–81 advantage with four minutes remaining; Miami would win the game 95–92. Posey averaged 7.3 points and 6 rebounds in the Finals.

On July 1, 2006, Posey exercised his $6.4 million contract option, opting not to become a free agent.[5] He only played in 4 playoff games in the 2006–07 season, because the Heat were eliminated in the first round.

Boston Celtics (2007–2008)

Posey in Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks as a member of the Boston Celtics
Posey in Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks as a member of the Boston Celtics

On August 25, 2007, Posey signed with the Boston Celtics, adding to their revamped roster, including newcomers Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Terms of the deal were roughly $6.67 million over 2 years, with the second year being Posey's option.[6] In the 2008 NBA Finals, Posey would win his second NBA championship, once again helping his team with tough defense and timely baskets at crunch time. On June 30, 2008, in a widely anticipated move,[7] Posey opted out of the second and final year of his contract with the Celtics and became an unrestricted free agent,[8] but had stated that he wanted to return to the Celtics on a new contract.[7]

New Orleans Hornets (2008–2010)

On July 16, 2008, Posey signed with the New Orleans Hornets, accepting a four-year deal worth about $25 million.[9]

Indiana Pacers (2010–2011)

On August 11, 2010, New Orleans sent Posey, along with Darren Collison, to the Pacers in a four-team, five-player trade with the New Jersey Nets and the Houston Rockets.[10] On December 12, 2011, Posey was amnestied by the Pacers.[11]

Coaching career

In September 2013, Posey was hired by the Canton Charge as an assistant coach for the 2013–14 season.[12]

On August 19, 2014, Posey was hired by the Cleveland Cavaliers as an assistant coach for the 2014–15 season.[13] In his second season with the Cavaliers, the team earned the 2016 NBA Finals Championship over the 73-win Golden State Warriors.

On July 26, 2022, Posey was hired by the Washington Wizards as an assistant coach.[14]

Media career

James Posey currently has a weekly Podcast titled “The Posecast" on the Basketballnews.com Podcast Network where he's joined by his former teammates and people from around the NBA. He also writes weekly articles for the site focused on the NBA.[15][16]


Incidents against Chicago Bulls

As a member of the Miami Heat, Posey had been involved in several controversial incidents with the Chicago Bulls. In Game 3 of the Chicago Bulls – Miami Heat first round match Kirk Hinrich was moving down the court when Posey hit Hinrich with a hard shoulder block knocking Hinrich down to the floor, was called for a Flagrant-2 Foul, and was ejected from the game. When asked about the shot to Hinrich, Posey responded, "I was just trying to get back on defense and cut the ball off." "He didn't see me and that's how collisions happen. That's all it was." When asked if he thought Posey was looking for trouble, Hinrich said, "I don't know. Maybe he was. I guess he just wanted to make a hard foul. Sometimes that's part of the game." The shot would also lead to Posey getting suspended for 1 game.[17]

In the season opener of the 2006–07 NBA season, Posey was involved with another incident with Bulls rookie Tyrus Thomas, who was going for the rebound, was hit in the face by Posey which led to Thomas having his nose broken and missing a few games, and having to wear a protective mask for multiple games.[18]

In this, his third incident with the Bulls at the United Center, Posey was ejected from the game with 7:16 remaining in the fourth quarter on December 27, 2006. Luol Deng, who attempted a layup, was fouled by Posey in mid-air. Deng fell hard on his wrist, which he had had surgery on just a year earlier, but it was not broken. Posey was called for a flagrant-2 foul and ejected. Posey was suspended for 1 game as a result of his infraction.[19]

Personal life

In March 2008, Posey's girlfriend gave birth to daughter, Sai Aleke, in the Washington, D.C. area.[20]

On April 9, 2007, Posey was arrested on a DUI charge and was taken to Dade County Jail.[21] However, Posey continued playing with the Heat and coach Pat Riley stated he would support Posey.[22]

Posey was suspended for the opener of the 2007–08 season by NBA commissioner David Stern after his no contest plea to reckless driving stemming from the DUI incident.[23]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 †  Won an NBA championship  *  Led the league

Regular season

1999–00 Denver 81 77 25.3 .429 .373 .800 3.9 1.8 1.2 .4 8.2
2000–01 Denver 82 82* 27.5 .412 .300 .816 5.3 2.0 1.1 .5 8.1
2001–02 Denver 73 63 30.7 .376 .283 .793 5.9 2.5 1.6 .5 10.7
2002–03 Denver 25 24 34.9 .373 .273 .843 5.8 3.1 1.2 .2 14.1
2002–03 Houston 58 47 28.4 .439 .326 .826 4.8 1.8 1.3 .2 9.3
2003–04 Memphis 82 82 29.9 .478 .386 .830 4.9 1.5 1.7 .5 13.7
2004–05 Memphis 50 18 27.6 .357 .309 .865 4.4 1.8 1.0 .5 8.1
2005–06 Miami 67 63 28.6 .403 .403 .787 4.8 1.3 .8 .3 7.2
2006–07 Miami 71 19 27.0 .431 .375 .827 5.0 1.3 1.0 .3 7.7
2007–08 Boston 74 2 24.6 .418 .380 .809 4.4 1.5 1.0 .3 7.4
2008–09 New Orleans 75 0 28.5 .412 .369 .822 4.8 1.1 .8 .3 8.9
2009–10 New Orleans 77 2 22.5 .365 .335 .825 4.3 1.5 .5 .2 5.2
2010–11 Indiana 49 0 17.1 .336 .316 .733 3.0 .7 .5 .1 4.9
Career 864 479 26.9 .410 .349 .820 4.7 1.6 1.1 .3 8.6


2004 Memphis 4 4 32.5 .405 .167 .905 5.5 1.0 2.3 .5 12.5
2005 Memphis 4 0 25.0 .440 .467 .769 3.3 1.0 .5 .3 9.8
2006 Miami 22 1 27.5 .430 .422 .730 5.7 .9 .8 .1 7.3
2007 Miami 4 1 34.8 .385 .316 1.000 7.8 1.5 2.0 1.3 7.8
2008 Boston 26 0 22.0 .437 .398 .875 3.6 1.1 1.0 .3 6.7
2009 New Orleans 5 0 24.6 .375 .263 .846 6.2 .6 .6 .0 11.4
Career 65 6 25.7 .421 .387 .831 4.8 1.0 1.0 .3 7.9


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  2. ^ James Posey
  3. ^ Issel takes leave, and so do Nuggets
  4. ^ NBA: Memphis 136, Atlanta 133 (2OT)
  5. ^ Posey Will Stay With Heat
  6. ^ HoopsHype – NBA Salaries – Boston Celtics
  7. ^ a b Chris Forsberg, Posey to opt out today, The Boston Globe, June 30, 2008.
  8. ^ Marc J. Spears, Posey out; offer to Allen?, The Boston Globe, June 30, 2008.
  9. ^ ESPN – Posey agrees to four-year deal with Hornets – NBA
  10. ^ "Pacers get Collison from Hornets in 4-team trade". NBA.com. August 11, 2010. Archived from the original on August 15, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
  11. ^ "Indiana Pacers Waive James Posey Under Amnesty Clause". SI.com. December 12, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  12. ^ James Posey Added as Charge Assistant Coach
  13. ^ Cavs Complete Coaching Staff
  14. ^ "Wizards name Posey as assistant coach". NBA. Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  15. ^ "James Posey Basketball News". basketballnews.com. Basketball News. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  16. ^ "NBA All-Star Kenyon Martin Launches New Podcast with BasketballNews.com". apnews.com. Associated Press. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  17. ^ "Suspended for Game 4, Posey won't back down". findarticles.com. Archived from the original on November 16, 2007. Retrieved April 30, 2006.
  18. ^ Hanley, Brian (November 1, 2006). "Thomas learns breaks of game". chicagosuntimes.com. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved November 1, 2006.
  19. ^ "Posey suspended one game for flagrant foul". espn.com. Retrieved December 29, 2006.
  20. ^ Gary Dzen, Posey a dad, The Boston Globe, March 26, 2008.
  21. ^ Topic Galleries – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ ESPN – Posey plays in Heat loss a day after DUI arrest – NBA
  23. ^ Marc J. Spears, Physical play pushed limits, The Boston Globe