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James (Jim) Gerard Spanarkel (born June 28, 1957, in Jersey City, New Jerseymarker) is an Americanmarker television analyst for the National Basketball Association. Spanarkel, who himself was a professional basketball player, was selected 16th overall in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 1980. He played organized high school basketball in Hudson Catholic Regional High Schoolmarker, in Jersey City and for Duke Universitymarker. He is married to Janet, and the couple have four children, James, Bridget, Stephanie, and Andrew. He is the current first vice president and a certified financial planner at Merrill Lynch in New Jersey.

Career

College and professional basketball

Spanarkel was a First Team Acclaim All American, in addition the First Team All-ACC and the first 2000 point scorer in the history of his alma mater, Duke Universitymarker. He was named Duke's team MVP for his final three seasons, 1977, 1978, and 1979. Spanarkel was also team captain in his junior and senior years, and was announced NCAA's East Regional Most Outstanding Player in 1978. He graduated from Duke in 1979.

The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Spanarkel with the 16th overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft and spent his first season, the 1979-80 campaign, with the Sixers. He played the next four seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, leading the club in scoring with a 14.0 ppg average. His NBA career ended in 1984.

American broadcaster

He also served as a studio analyst for NBA TV; after his NBA Career ended in 1984. Jim Spanarkel worked a total of 18 years as Nets television analyst, and he additionally works CBS Sports' regular season and NCAA Men's Championship college basketball coverage (anaylsis). He as well serves as a studio analyst for NBA TV. During his entire broadcasting career, he has provided basketball coverage on CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, and as of late the New Jersey Nets.

Spanarkel was involved in a very embarrassing moment during a broadcast on January 19 2008. Spanarkel was interviewing Seton Hallmarker head coach Bobby Gonzalez after a win against Louisvillemarker. At the end of the interview, Spanarkel, meaning to wish Gonzalez continued luck or success, accidentally said "continued good sex..ugh...sex..in the Big East."

Statistics

Jim Spanarkel Statistics
Jim Sparnakel Additional StatisticsBasic Stats
Year G Reb Reb/G Asst Asst/G Pts Pts/G
1976 23 101 4.4 65 2.8 307 13.3
1977 27 147 5.4 96 3.6 519 19.2
1978 34 116 3. 4 126 3.7 708 20.8
1979 30 90 3 112 3.7 478 15.9
Total 114 454 4.0 399 3.5 2012 17.6.


Additional statistics

Year FG FGA FG% FT FTA FT% PF
1976 120 219 54.8% 67 97 69.1% 74
1977 172 331 52.0% 175 209 83.7% 73
1978 244 460 53.0% 220 255 86.3% 83
1979 188 364 51.6% 102 139 73.4% 75
Total 724 1374 52.7% 564 700 80.6% 305

Duke record book

Jim Sparnakel Duke Statistics
Information
Information Career Points
Rank Points
8 2012


Career Points Per Game
Rank Games Average
9 114 17.6


Career Rebounds
Rank #
48 454


Career Assists
Rank #
11 399


Career Assists Per Game
Rank A G A/G
13 399 144 3.5


Career Field Goal Percentage
Rank FG FGA FG %
21 724 1374 52.69%


Career Free Throw Percentage
Rank FT FTA FT %
5 564 700 80.57%


Single Season Points
Rank Points Year
13 708 1978


Single Season Points per Game
Rank Year Games Points PPG
22 1978 34 708 20.8


Single Season steals
Rank Year Steals
1 1978 92


Single Season Free Throw Percentage
Rank Year FT FTA FT%
7 1978 220 255 86.27%
14 1977 175 209 83.73%


Honors

  • In 1990, Jim Spanakel was inducted into the Duke Sport's Hall of Fame.
  • In 2001, Spanarkel was inducted in to the Duke Circle of Honor.
  • Jim Spanarkel was inducked into the UPI First Team All-America: 1979.
  • He was inducted second into the All-ACC Team.
  • MVP of All-ACC Tournament teams in 1978; 1979.
  • He was the ACC Freshmen of the year in 1976 for Duke.
  • He has the NCAA East Regional MOP: 1978.
  • He was the All-NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
  • Sparnakel was GTE Academic All-Americans consecutively in 1978 and 1979.
  • James was Team Captain in 1978-1979.
  • He won the Swett Memorial Trophy (Duke MVP) three years in a row: 1977, 1978, and 1979.


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