If you are familiar with the NBA league, the name James Ennis should ring a deafening bell. The African-American professional basketball player has played for many teams in the past.
He started with the Perth Wildcats in 2013, then joined the Pirates de Quebradillas and then moved to Miami Heat where he spent the 2014-2015 season. The next season he was with the Memphis Grizzlys, but was soon found with the Iowa Energy and then the New Orleans Pelicans. Ennis would return to the Grizzlys and stay with them from 2016 to 2018. Last year he had a short stint with the Detroit Pistons but has now settled into the Houston Rockets.
James Ennis Bio
James Ennis was born in America and is of African-American descent. The NBA star was born on July 1, 1990, in California, USA. He graduated from Ventura High School in 2009 and attended three colleges before entering the NBA in 2013.
James started his college career with the Oxnard College team and made it to the All-WSC first team as a freshman. The next season he joined the Ventura College team and left his mark there as well before playing for the 49ers of Long Beach State.
Since Ennis began playing basketball professionally, he has earned widespread recognition for his highlights in the games. Although James scored many points, rebounds, and assists during his rookie campaign, he is most celebrated for his time with the Grizzlies (2016-2018).
After his two-year contract with the team for $6 million expired, the B-baller was transferred to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Brice Johnson on February 8, 2018. He blazed for the team, but his time with the Pistons was short. As fate would have it, James Ennis signed a two-year, $3.4 million pact with the Houston Rockets sometime in July 2018. It is believed that Ennis signed the contract with the Rockets because the team needed a replacement for its strikers – Luc Mbah a Moute, who moved to the Los Angeles Clippers, and Trevor Ariza, who moved to the Phoenix Suns.
Although he is no better than the two veteran strikers he replaced, his size is said to have given him an advantage over other players considered by the Rockets. But a good height is not all that distinguishes the native Californian. He is an outstanding basketball player, as his achievements since his time in college show, when he was crowned Big West Player of the Year 2013. In the same year, Ennis made the leap to All-Big West’s first team and was an honorable mention in AP’s All-American list. The following year (2014) he became NBL Champion and also made it into the first team of All-NBL.
Eniss comes from a large family and is definitely not the only child of his parents – James Ennis and Denise Taylor. While we have not been able to verify reports of his mother’s disability, we can state that the NBA star has at least five siblings.
James’ family moved around a lot in the early days of his life, which led him to attend various high schools. Not much is known about the whereabouts of his parents and siblings.
James Ennis is not married but is related to a model identified as Nicole Parker. They have not explained any marriage plans and have not revealed where and how they met, but it is obvious that the two love birds are very much in love with each other.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
The height has always been an advantage in this handball game and James is no disappointment in this area. With his 95 kg body weight (210 lb) he is with 6 ft 7 in perfect for this sport. He can move fast and it has been observed that he is very flexible.
Although this little striker has the right height, he does not have an impressive wingspan (6’11) compared to other NBA players. In contrast to his wingspan, his standing range is quite good at 8’8.5, considering that it is close to that of other players with an excellent standing range of 9’3, 9’2, and 9’1. Below are details of his body measurements:
Height with Shoes: 6’7″ (6 feet 7 inches)
Height without Shoes: 6’5.75″
Weight: 210 lb (95kg)
Standing reach: 8’8.5″
Hand length: 8.5″
Hand width: 8.75
Maximum leap/vertical: 36.5″
Standing leap: 29.5″