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James (Jim) Allen Les (born August 18, 1963 in Niles, Illinoismarker) is an Americanmarker basketball player and coach, a former NBA basketball guard. He was picked in the third round (seventieth pick overall) of the 1986 NBA Draft out of Bradley Universitymarker.

Les began his collegiate basketball career playing at Cleveland State Universitymarker, but transferred after the 1981–1982 season to Bradley. While attending Bradley University he was a member of the Accounting Student Association and the Delta Upsilon fraternity. When he left college in 1986, he had compiled the second most assists in NCAA history in a combined playing career with Cleveland State and Bradley.

A 5'11" point guard, Les played seven seasons in the NBA, from 1988 to 1995 for four franchises. The highlight of his career came during the 1990-91 season with the Sacramento Kings, when he reached career highs in scoring average (7.2 PPG), assists (5.4 APG), steals (1.04 SPG) and field goal percentage (.444), while also leading the league in three-point field goal percentage (.461). The following year, he was runner-up to Craig Hodges in the AT&T Long Distance Shootout contest.

Following his NBA career, Les became an assistant coach for three years for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs. In 2003 he returned to his alma mater as head coach, where he led Bradley to an improved record in each of his first two seasons. The Bradley Braves advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament in 2006. The following year the Braves exceeded expectations to make it to the NIT. In 2008, the Braves participated in their third consecutive postseason tournament when they were invited to the first annual College Basketball Invitational tournament. The Braves advanced to the CBI finals, defeating Cincinnati, Ohio University and Virginia, while losing two games to one to Tulsa in the CBI championship round.

In 2009, the Braves participated in their fourth consecutive postseason tournament when they were invited to the first annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Braves beat Austin Peay 81-74 in the first round of the tournament, and then went on to beat Oakland University 76-75 on a miracle 70 foot shot by Chris Roberts at the buzzer to earn Les his fourth consecutive 20 win season. The Braves advanced to the CIT finals with a win over Pacific, while losing to Old Dominion 66-62 in the CIT championship game.

His older brother Tom played for the Bradley Braves from 1972–75 and is the school's all-time assists leader.

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  1. , Bradley University, released January 12, 2007
  2. BU moved closer to valley than hilltop during 1970s, July 21, 2002


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