James Ager Worthy (born February 27, 1961 in Gastonia, North Carolina), is a former college and professional basketball player, who was enshrined in 2003 into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
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Named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, "Big Game James" was a seven time NBA All-Star and three time NBA champion. A standout for the North Carolina Tar Heels, the 6 ft 9 inch small forward was the MOP of the 1982 NCAA Tournament and the #1 pick of the 1982 NBA Draft.
James Worthy defines the term “most valuable player” – not just in his career as a superstar athlete but as an entrepreneur, sports broadcast analyst, and commercial spokesman.
“I can remember coming into the league and being under the likes of Kareem, Jamaal Wilkes, Magic, Norm Nixon and Bob McAdoo,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “Now I find myself in that situation. Guys are telling me how they were in junior high, watching us beat the Celtics in ’85. I can’t be that old.”
Worthy will always be remembered for his breathtaking athletic skills — the blinding speed, the smooth, effortless glides to the hoop, the one-handed tomahawk jams. And he will be recalled as the ultimate clutch player — his career postseason field goal percentage of .544 ranks among the top 10 on the NBA’s all-time playoff list.