James White Bio: NBA, Coaching, Kids, Achievements & Net Worth

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James White is a former professional American basketball player and coach who is well-known for his athleticism and dunking ability.

His most famous dunk since high school has been the between-the-legs dunk with many variations.

Moreover, James is known for his ability to dunk with both hands and jump from the free-throw line.

James White On The Court
James White On The Court (Source: Instagram)

Today we are here with y’all to inform you about the personal and professional life of the legendary basketball player James White.

So, if you want to know the road to the success of James White, read the article to the end! Before that, here are some quick facts about him.  

Quick Facts

Full Name James William White IV
Birth Date October 21, 1982
Birth Place Washington, D.C., USA
Nick Name James ‘Flight’ White
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity African-American
High School Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Virginia)
  • University of Florida (2001–2002)
  • University of Cincinnati (2003–2006)
Playing Career 2006 – 2020
Position Small Forward / Power Forward
Coaching Career 2021 – Present
Zodiac Libra
Chinese Zodiac Dog
Father’s Name Not Known
Mother’s Name Traci Hart
Siblings One Younger Sister
Age 41 Years Old
Height 6 feet 7 inches/2.01 m/201 cm
Weight 216 lb/98 kg
Shoe Size Not Known
Food Habits Non-Veg
NBA Draft Round: 2, Pick: 31st Overall, 2006 (Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown 
Career Highlights and Awards
  • 2007 NBA Champion 
  • 2014 Euro Challenge Champion 
Build Athletic
Marital Status Unknown
Wife Unknown
Children Two
Jersey No. 33, 8, 4
Profession Professional Basketball Player
Net Worth $5 Million
Last Played League TBL
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Last Update April 2024

Early Life & Family

James White was born on October 21, 1982, in Washington, D.C. The detailed information about James’ family is not known. 

He was very athletic right from his childhood and started dunking when he was in eighth grade.

Likewise, as a child, White played almost every sport, including baseball, football, and soccer. However, later James just focused on basketball and decided to pursue it as a professional career. 

James White With His Younger Sister
James White With His Younger Sister (Source: Instagram)

The player also had a younger sister who passed away in 2019. Upon his sister’s death, the player expressed his grief on Instagram and wrote:

“My baby sister. Can’t believe I won’t see you again…. You always been the best auntie to lil James. Only thing I can take from this is your not struggling with whatever you were struggling with. Love you kid. Look over your big bro and the rest of the family. R.I.P.”

Age, Body Measurements & Tattoos

The former basketball player, James White, was born in 1982. So, he is currently 41 years old.

White was born in the Dog year, according to the Chinese calendar.

Talking about James’ physical appearance, he has a muscular and well-maintained body and looks very attractive. White exercises regularly to keep up with his athletic lifestyle.

James White Coaching
James White Coaching (Source: Twitter)

The American player stands at 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) tall and weighs around 216 lb (98 kg). He gets his tall height from his family, as his mother was 6 feet 2 inches, and his father was 6 feet 5 inches. 

Likewise, James also has tattoos inked on his body, which compliments his black hair and dark brown eyes. 

In addition, White’s zodiac is Libra, and individuals with this sign are diplomatic, ideological, down-to-earth, and also very extroverted and clever. 

College Career

In 2001–02, James was a freshman at the University of Florida, where he helped the Gators to a 22–9 record.

White played in all but two games, with two starts, and averaged 20.5 minutes per game. He averaged 6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in that season. 

After sitting out in 2002–03, James transferred to the University of Cincinnati. The player became a starter for the Bearcats in his three years with them, including his senior year. 

Professional Career

James White, nicknamed “Flight 75” for his athleticism and dunking ability, was the Portland Trail Blazers’ 31st overall draft pick in 2006.

The player spent parts of three NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and New York Knicks. He also competed professionally in Russia, Turkey, Italy, and Iran.


James made his NBA debut with the Spurs on March 26 against the Golden State Warriors. During the match, he scored 9 points and grabbed three rebounds in 14 minutes.

He also made his first NBA start on April 16, 2007, in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

On July 23, 2007, he was waived during the off-season by the Spurs but received an NBA championship ring.

The player played in the NBA’s D-League with the Anaheim Arsenal when he signed a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets on March 3, 2009.

Another 10-day contract followed before signing a multi-year deal with the Rockets on March 24, 2009. 

James was, however, traded by the Rockets to the Denver Nuggets in September 2009.

On October 1, 2009, he debuted with the Nuggets against the Utah Jazz, but on October 21, 2009, he was waived by the Nuggets.

After that, White signed a two-year contract with the New York Knicks for the veteran’s minimum on July 11, 2012.

In 2012, he was a New York Knicks Summer League team member in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Then, White was assigned to the NBA D-Erie League’s BayHawks on December 18, 2012.

The player was announced as the Knicks’ representative in the slam dunk contest at Houston’s 2013 NBA All-Star Game on February 7, 2013.

Regardless, on June 30, 2013, Knicks waived James.


James joined Will Solomon on September 8, 2007, when he signed a four-year contract with the Turkish Basketball League club Fenerbahçe. 

With his raceway dunk on March 22, 2008, James won the Turkish dunk contest against Quinton Hosley, Curtis Withers, and Richard Chaney in the Beko All-Star Slam Dunk Contest.

On November 10, 2009, White signed a contract with Spartak St. Petersburg of the Russian Super League. Similarly, in 2010, James joined the Italian club Dinamo Sassari in Lega Basket Serie A. 

James White Playing Basketball
James White Playing Basketball (Source: Twitter)

The player was the top scorer in the 2010-11 Italian League, averaging 20.2 points in 34 games.

Likewise, James signed a one-year contract with Scavolini Pesaro in August 2011. He returned to Italy on September 19, 2013, and signed a one-year contract with Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia.

On August 7, 2014, White made a one-year contract with Russia’s UNICS Kazan. Then, the player signed with Croatian club Cedevita Zagreb for the 2015–16 season on July 30, 2015.

Moreover, James signed with Petrochimi Bandar Imam of the Iranian Basketball Super League in August 2016.

Furthermore, he has played with the Pallacanestro Reggiana (2017–2018), Benedetto XIV Cento (2018–2019), and Virtus Roma (2019–2020). 


In the summer of 2017, James White joined Al Harrington, Rashad McCants, and Kenyon Martin for the Trilogy of the BIG3 league.

Similarly, James was a member of Trilogy when they won the 2021 BIG3 Championship. As a result, he was the first player or coach to win two BIG 3 Championships.

Recently, the player has been promoted to become captain of the Trilogy. 

Awards & Achievements

  • 2008 B.S.L. champion 
  • 2016 Croatian League champion 
  • 2016 Croatian Cup winner 
  • 2008 B.S.L. Slam Dunk Contest champion
  • 2009 N.B.A. D-League All-Star 
  • 2009 All-NBA D-League Second Team 
  • 2010 P.B.L. All-Star 
  • 3× Italian League All-Star (2014, 2012, 2011)
  • 2011 Italian League Top Scorer
  • 2001 Second-team Parade All-American 

Nickname: James ‘Flight’ White

When James was a first- or second-year student in high school, a local newspaper gave him the nickname “Flight” for his 45-inch jumping ability. The player’s measurement was so high that his hand could reach about a foot above the backboard’s top.

Likewise, a big name in the streetball scene once wanted to challenge James. That day, people changed White’s nickname to “Flight 75” for a day.

What happened was that White was playing in AND1 game in Cincinnati, and the guy nicknamed ’50’ challenged him. They were going back and forth, and James was destroying him just for fun.

The guy stated that James couldn’t beat him in a dunk contest. So at halftime, they cleared everything out and had a dunk contest.

White did the dunk after throwing it off the shot clock. He doesn’t t remember what he did, but it was awesome. 

After the dunk, the announcer said, ‘If he’s 50, this guy’s 75.’ That’s where the nickname ‘Flight 75’ came from.

Net Worth

James White’s career earning with the NBA was estimated to be around $2,107,132. Apart from that, the player also played overseas and started his career as a coach in 2021.

During his playing career, the player was able to bag many awards. From his successful career and current job, we can say that White has a net worth of $5 million as of April 2024.

James White: Kids

The basketball player James White has two sons, both of whom he dearly loves. His oldest son, James White Jr., is named after him. 

Likewise, his younger son turned 11 years old, but his name is unknown.

James White Holding His Oldest Son For The First Time
James White Holding His Oldest Son For The First Time (Source: Instagram)

The player occasionally posts about his sons on his social media. Once, the player posted a picture of his sons and wrote:

“Thankful every day for my two best friends. My boys growing up so fast. Kills me to be away from the fam every year around this time, but that’s all a part of GNSL. Gotta do what you gotta do so the next generation get a better head start than you had.”

Popularity Graph 

James White is still a popular name among basketball fans around the world. 

James White Search Graph 2023
James White Search Graph 2023 (Source: Google Trend)

The above line graph illustrates his search trend in the last 12 months. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is James White married?

The marital status of James is currently unknown. The player has not been seen with any women and has not revealed that he is dating anyone. As a result, we can assume he is currently single. However, James had at least one previous relationship since he has two sons.

What was James White's jersey number?

James wore jersey no. 33, 8, and 4.


Aayusha Bhattarai

Aayusha Bhattarai is a dedicated writer with a passion for uncovering the fascinating stories behind athletes' lives. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for storytelling, she brings readers on a journey through the triumphs, struggles, and inspirations of their favorite players.


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