If you are acquainted with the NBA league, then the name James Ennis should ring a deafening bell. The professional African-American basketball player has played for many teams in the past.
Starting out with the Perth Wildcats in 2013, he 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 Grizzlies but was soon found with the Iowa Energy and then the New Orleans Pelicans. Ennis would return to the Grizzlies and stay through 2016 to 2018. In the latter year, he had a brief stint with the Detroit Pistons but has now settled in with the Houston Rockets.
James Ennis Bio
James Ennis is American-born and of Afro-American descent. The NBA star was born in California, USA, on July 1, 1990. He graduated from Ventura High School in 2009 and attended three colleges before he joined the NBA in 2013.
James kicked off his college career with the Oxnard College team and was able to make the All-WSC first team as a freshman. He joined the Ventura College team the next season and left his mark there as well before moving on to play for the 49ers of Long Beach State.
Since Ennis started playing basketball professionally, he has earned widespread recognition for his high points in games. Although James recorded many points, rebounds, and assists during his rookie campaign, he is thus far most celebrated for his time with the Grizzlies (2016-2018).
After his $6 million two-year deal with the side ended, the B-baller was traded to the Detroit Pistons on February 8, 2018, in exchange for Brice Johnson. He blazed for the team but his time with the Pistons lasted for only a short time. As fate would have it, James Ennis made a two-year pact worth $3.4 million with the Houston Rockets sometime in July 2018. It is believed that Ennis landed the contract with the Rockets because the team needed a replacement for their forwards – Luc Mbah a Moute who joined the Los Angeles Clippers and Trevor Ariza who moved on to the Phoenix Suns.
Though he isn’t better than the two veteran forward players he replaced, it is said that his height gave him an advantage over other players the Rockets considered. But a good height isn’t all that the California-born player has going for him. He is a fine basketballer as shown by his attainments right from his time in college when he has crowned the Big West Player of the Year 2013. That same year, Ennis made the All-Big West first-team and was an honorable mention in AP’s All-American list. The next year (2014), he became an NBL champion and as well, made the All-NBL first team.
Eniss hails from a large family and is definitely not the only child of his parents – James Ennis and Denise Taylor. While we have been unable to verify reports about his mom being disabled, we can tell that the NBA star has at least five siblings.
James’ family moved around a lot in the early days of his life and this made him attend different high schools. Not much is known about the whereabouts of his parents and siblings.
James Ennis is not married but is in a relationship with a model identified as Nicole Parker. They have not declared any plans for a marriage neither have they disclosed where and how they met, but it is obvious that the two lovebirds are very much into each other.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Height has always been an advantage in this handball game and James isn’t a disappointment in this area. At 6 ft 7 in, his 95 kg (210 lb) body weight is just perfect for this sport. He can move around swiftly and has been observed to be very flexible.
Even though this small forward has the right height, he doesn’t have an impressive wingspan (6’11) when compared to other NBA players. Unlike his wingspan, his standing reach is pretty fine at 8’8.5, considering that it is close to those of other players with an outstanding standing reach 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″