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Jim Paxson

For Paxson's father, see Jim Paxson, Sr..
Jim Paxson
Personal information
Born (1957-07-09) July 9, 1957 (age 58)
Kettering, Ohio
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Archbishop Alter (Kettering, Ohio)
College Dayton (1975–1979)
NBA draft 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 1979–1990
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 4
Career history
19791988 Portland Trail Blazers
1988–1990 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 11,199 (14.3 ppg)
Assists 2,300 (2.9 apg)
FG % .498
Stats at

James Joseph "Jim" Paxson (born July 9, 1957) is an American retired professional basketball player. A first round selection (12th overall) of the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1979 NBA Draft, Paxson played for Portland and the Boston Celtics of the NBA from 1979-1990 and was twice an All-Star. Paxson served as general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers for six years and now works as a consultant with the Chicago Bulls where his brother John Paxson is an executive.


Paxson, a guard-forward born in Kettering, Ohio and the son of former NBA player Jim Paxson, Sr., played college basketball at the University of Dayton. When the older Paxson tried out for the Dayton Flyers, he couldn't afford to buy athletic shoes, so athletic director Thomas Frericks loaned him a pair.[1] Paxson was a three-time team MVP and earned All-America honors as a senior after averaging more than 23 points per game. He also averaged 17 points as a junior and 18 points as a sophomore at Dayton.


The 6-foot-6 Paxson was an NBA All-Star in 1983 and 1984. He also earned All-NBA Second Team honors in 1984 after averaging 21 points per game. He spent nine seasons with Portland (1979-1988) and, after being traded to Boston in February 1988, spent two full seasons with Boston (1988-1990). When he was traded from Portland, he left as the team's all-time leading scorer.

Post-playing career

After retiring in 1990 at the age of 32, Paxson joined Portland's front office as assistant general manager. In September 1998, he was named vice president of basketball operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was promoted to general manager in 1999, serving in that position until he was fired in April 2005.[2] The Cavaliers won 185 games and lost 307 games in the six years Paxson was general manager.[2]

In July 2006, Paxson, the older brother of former Chicago Bulls guard and current Chicago Bulls Executive Vice President of basketball operations John Paxson, was hired as a consultant for the Bulls.[2] Paxson was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.[3] In 2004, he was named to the University of Dayton's All-Century Team.


  1. ^ Bausch, Alex (2009-09-24). "Frericks 5k Race Offers Fun For Family Weekend". Flyer News (Dayton, Ohio). Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "Jim Paxson joins brother John's Bulls as consultant". Associated Press. 2006-07-05. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  3. ^ "Six new inductees join Oregon Hall of Fame". Eugene Register Guard. June 30, 1998. 

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