Former Beach Basketball Star James Ennis Opens NBA Season Today
James Ennis signed a new contract with the Memphis Grizzlies in the offeseason.
Long Beach, Calif. - Former Big West Player of the Year James Ennis will once again represent Long Beach State in the NBA, as the Memphis Grizzlies open the 2016-17 season with the forward on the team’s roster.
Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft by the Atlanta Hawks, Ennis was part of a draft-day trade that sent the star wing player to the Miami Heat.
Instead of reporting to the Heat immediately, Ennis went Down Under, playing for a full season with the Perth Wildcats in Australia, where he was one of the league’s top players, earning rave reviews for his excellent all-around play and highlight dunks, same as he did for Long Beach State in college.
One year later, Ennis returned to the Heat where he played in 62 games over the course of the 2014-15 season. Traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, Ennis only made 10 appearances to start the year, and then bounced back and forth from the D-League. Ennis got another opportunity at the end of the season, signing a contract with the New Orleans Pelicans and putting together a dominant stretch to close the season. Playing in nine games, Ennis started five, averaging 15.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Those efforts earned him another opportunity with Memphis, who signed the 6-7 small forward to a multi-year contract this last July.
Ennis was a two-year starter for Long Beach State, winning two Big West Championships during his time with the 49ers. He played a major role for the 2011-12 team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and then averaged 16.5 points per game while leading the 2012-13 team to a third straight regular-season Big West championship.
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