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James Gist

James Gist
Gist with Panathinaikos in 2014.
No. 14 – Panathinaikos Athens
Position Power forward
League Greek Basket League
Personal information
Born (1986-10-26) October 26, 1986
Adana, Turkey[1]
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Our Lady of Good Counsel
(Wheaton, Maryland)
College Maryland (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Angelico Biella
2009–2010 Lokomotiv Kuban
2010–2011 Partizan Belgrade
2011–2012 Fenerbahçe Ülker
2012 Unicaja Málaga
2012–present Panathinaikos
Career highlights and awards

James Clough Gist III (born October 26, 1986), is an American professional basketball player who plays for Panathinaikos Athens of the Greek Basket League. Standing at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), he plays at the power forward position. Born in Adana, Turkey, he played high school basketball for Our Lady of Good Counsel before enrolling to the University of Maryland to play college basketball for the Terrapins, from 2004 to 2008. A very athletic power forward, he is known for his dunks and alley-oops.[2]

High school and college basketball

Gist attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. In his senior season he averaged 19.5 points per game to go along with 10.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game, while he also became his school's all-time leader in blocked shots with over 300.[3] He played college basketball at the University of Maryland, where he played with the Maryland Terrapins.[4] Gist scored a career-high 31 points against Wake Forest.[5][6] Throughout the course of 4 seasons Gist appeared in 130 games for Maryland, averaging 10.9 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game and 1.8 blocks per game.[7] At the time of his graduation Gist was fourth all-time in blocked shots for Maryland with 231, tenth in rebounds with 783 and seventeenth in points scored with 1,414 (later surpassed by Greivis Vásquez).[8]

Professional career

Gist was drafted 57th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs. After spending a year with the Italian League club Biella,[9] Gist signed a contract with the Russian team Lokomotiv-Kuban for the 2009–10 season.[10] Gist played for the Spurs in the 2010 NBA Summer League,[11] but was waived on October 19, 2010.[12]

Then he played with Partizan Belgrade during the 2010-11 season, where he won the Basketball League of Serbia championship, the Radivoj Korać Cup, and the Adriatic League championship. In the summer of 2011, he signed a contract with the Turkish League club Fenerbahçe Ülker.[13][14] Shortly afterwards, it was announced that he had a sample tested positive for marijuana use, while playing for Partizan.[15] On July 7, 2012, Fenerbahçe announced that Gist would not play the next season with the club.[16]

On August 15, 2012, Gist signed one-year deal (with an option for one more season) with the Spanish League club Unicaja Málaga.[17][18] On September 26, he won the slam dunk contest of the Spanish League.[19] Gist joined the Greek League club Panathinaikos in December 2012 as part of a trade with Andy Panko.[20] At the end of the season, Gist renewed his contract with the Panathinaikos for two additional seasons.[21]

On March 17, 2015, Panathinaikos announced that they had agreed terms with Gist to renew his contract for an extra 2 years, keeping him in Athens until 2017.[22]

On April 5, 2015, Gist was tested positive for marijuana use, for the second time in his career, after the Greek Cup final against Apollon Patras.[23] Eventually, on May 12, Gist was suspended for 8 months from participating in the sports events.[24]In the end, his suspension was reduced to 6 months and Gist was allowed to play normally, from the beginning of the season.On January 22, while competing , with Panathinaikos B.C. in Euroleague, he made a new career high with 27 points.

Personal life

He is son of Linda and James C. Gist, Jr. and was born in İncirlik, Adana, Turkey on 26 October 1986, when his father was in the Air Force and stationed at İncirlik Air Base.[25] He was the first American child who was born at İncirlik Air Base.[26][27]

Career statistics

Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.


2010–11 Partizan 14 9 29.9 .384 .467 .681 6.9 1.6 1.0 1.0 11.4 11.8
2011–12 Fenerbahçe 16 16 25.1 .479 .321 .769 4.5 .9 1.3 .9 7.4 8.8
2012–13 Panathinaikos 29 14 22.2 .426 .347 .587 4.5 .6 .7 .7 8.1 8.1
2013–14 Panathinaikos 26 17 23.4 .539 .342 .629 3.6 .8 1.1 .7 8.9 9.5
2014–15 Panathinaikos 28 17 23.0 .456 .319 .731 4.3 1.5 1.0 .6 9.5 10.5
Career 113 73 24.1 .456 .357 .670 4.5 1.0 1.0 .7 8.9 9.6


  1. ^ .(Turkish)He was born in İncirlik, Adana
  2. ^ Dunk of the night: James Gist.
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  4. ^ Player Bio: James Gist.
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  9. ^ Angelico Biella announced James Gist.
  10. ^ .(Russian)БК «Локомотив-Кубань» заключил контракт с Джеймсом Гистом
  11. ^ NBA Summer League Rosters - Vegas.
  12. ^ The latest NBA cuts.
  13. ^ .(Turkish)Fenerbahçe Ülker's transfers
  14. ^ .(Turkish)Gist passed medical test
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  19. ^ .(Spanish)Europa Press James Gist wins slam dunk contest
  20. ^ PANATHINAIKOS brings Gist aboard in trade.
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  25. ^ .(Turkish)Adana born goes to Fenerbahçe Ülker
  26. ^ .(Turkish)I was born in Adana, I'm a Turk
  27. ^ .(Turkish)Adanaliyak, Allah'ın adamıyak

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