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Dallas Mavericks: Worst players to wear a legends number after them

Dallas Mavericks Jason Kidd (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks Bernard James (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Worst Dallas Mavericks to wear number 5 since Josh Howard: Bernard James

Bernard James took a unique path to the NBA. Originally slated to pursue a military career, he joined the Air Force before leaving and enrolling at Tallahassee Community College. Eventually, he made his way to Florida State. After a somewhat unnotable college career, at least statistically, the Dallas Mavericks made James the oldest player to ever be drafted in the NBA when they took him in the second round in 2012.

He played in just 92 games for the Mavericks over a total of three seasons. James averaged 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in his NBA career. He made three playoff appearances for a total of ten minutes. James only played for the Mavericks and has not been in the league since 2015.

After leaving Dallas, he went overseas where he spent time in the Chinese Basketball Association playing as a member of the Shanghai Sharks, before moving on to play for the Galatasaray of the Turkish Basketball Super League. He has not played professional basketball since 2017.

Though Bernard James made little impact during his stint with the Dallas Mavericks, his time as a member of the Air Force should be applauded.

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