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Jim Spanarkel

Jim Spanarkel
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Spanarkel in May 2020
Personal information
Born (1957-06-28) June 28, 1957 (age 63)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolHudson Catholic
(Jersey City, New Jersey)
CollegeDuke (1975-1979)
NBA draft1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career1979-1984
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number34, 33
Career history
1979-1980Philadelphia 76ers
1980-1984Dallas Mavericks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points2,505 (9.7 ppg)
Rebounds652 (2.5 rpg)
Assists572 (2.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

James Gerard Spanarkel (born June 28, 1957) is an American television analyst for the Brooklyn Nets on the YES Network and College Basketball on CBS and a former professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks. He played college basketball for Duke University, where he was an All-American.


High school

Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Spanarkel played at Hudson Catholic Regional High School,[1] where he was a teammate of future NBA player Mike O'Koren.

College and professional basketball

Spanarkel playing for Duke in 1979

Spanarkel was a First Team Acclaim All American, in addition the First Team All-ACC and the first 2000-point scorer in Duke Blue Devils history. He was named Duke's team MVP for his final three seasons, 1977, 1978, and 1979. Spanarkel was also team captain in his junior and senior years, and was announced NCAA's East Regional Most Outstanding Player in 1978. Duke finished as the national runner-up that year to Kentucky.[2] At Duke, Spanarkel was also a pitcher on the baseball team for two years.[3] He graduated from university in 1979, and during the summer of 1980, he studied for and obtained a real estate broker's license.

The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Spanarkel with the 16th overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft on October 17, and he spent his first season as a rookie, the 1979-80 campaign, with the Sixers. He was then drafted by the Dallas Mavericks and played the following four seasons with them, leading the club in scoring for the 1980-81 season with a 14.4 ppg average.[4] His NBA career ended in 1984, after a season during which a broken right wrist cost him three months on the bench.[5]

American broadcaster

Spanarkel has worked over 20 years as Nets television analyst (currently on the YES Network), and he additionally works CBS Sports' regular season with Ian Eagle and NCAA Men's Championship college basketball coverage with Verne Lundquist (analysis). He also served as a studio analyst for NBA TV. During his entire broadcasting career, he has provided basketball coverage on CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, and as of late the Brooklyn Nets on YES. In 2013, Spanarkel called the international telecasts of the 2013 NBA Finals alongside Eagle. He has also been chief commentator for the Travers Cups and various member guest tournaments at Upper Montclair. Spanarkel used to work primarily with Ian Eagle during CBS's telecast of the NCAA tournament, through 2013.

Personal life

Spanarkel is married to Janet, and the couple has four children, James, Bridget, Stephanie, and Andrew.[6] He is currently a First Vice President and a certified financial planner at Merrill Lynch in New Jersey.

Spanarkel has been a resident of Rutherford, New Jersey.[7]


Jim Spanarkel Statistics
Jim Spanarkel Additional Statistics

Basic Stats

Year G Reb Reb/G Asst Asst/G Pts Pts/G
1976 23 101 4.4 65 2.8 307 13.3
1977 27 147 5.4 96 3.6 519 19.2
1978 34 116 3. 4 126 3.7 708 20.8
1979 30 90 3 112 3.7 478 15.9
Total 114 454 4.0 399 3.5 2012 17.6.[8]

Additional statistics

1976 120 219 54.8% 67 97 69.1% 74
1977 172 331 52.0% 175 209 83.7% 73
1978 244 460 53.0% 220 255 86.3% 83
1979 188 364 51.6% 102 139 73.4% 75
Total 724 1374 52.7% 564 700 80.6% 305[8]

Duke record book

Jim Spanarkel Duke Statistics
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Career Points


Career Points Per Game

Games Average
114 17.6[8]

Career Rebounds


Career Assists


Career Assists Per Game

399 144 3.5[8]

Career Field Goal Percentage

724 1374 52.69%[8]

Career Free Throw Percentage

564 700 80.57%[8]

Single Season Points

Points Year
708 1978[8]

Single Season Points per Game

Year Games Points PPG
1978 34 708 20.8[8]

Single Season steals

Year Steals
1978 92[8]

Single Season Free Throw Percentage

1978 220 255 86.27%
1977 175 209 83.73%[8]


  • In 1990, Jim Spanarkel was inducted into the Duke Sports Hall of Fame.[9]
  • In 2001, Spanarkel was inducted into the Duke Circle of Honor.[10]
  • Jim Spanarkel was inducted into the UPI First Team All-America: 1979.[11]
  • He was inducted second into the All-ACC Team.[12]
  • MVP of All-ACC Tournament teams in 1978; 1979.[13]
  • He was the ACC Freshman of the year in 1976 for Duke.[14]
  • He has the NCAA East Regional MOP: 1978.[15]
  • He was the All-NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.[16]
  • Sparnakel was GTE Academic All-Americans consecutively in 1978 and 1979.[17]
  • James was Team Captain in 1978-1979.[18]
  • Won the Swett Memorial Trophy (Duke MVP) three years in a row: 1977, 1978, and 1979.[19]
  • In 2014, won the New York Emmy Award for Best Sports Analyst for the YES Network broadcasts of Brooklyn Nets games.[20]


  1. ^ Hague, Jim. "Open the doors of the NJSIAA Hall Jersey City legend Spanarkel heads three Hudson greats into the NJSIAA Hall of Fame", The Hudson Reporter, December 13, 2018. Accessed October 20, 2019. "When Jim Spanarkel was playing a multitude of sports while growing up on Jersey City's West Side, he never thought he was creating a legacy of greatness never before seen in Hudson Catholic Regional High School's history."
  2. ^ "Nets:Broadcasters". Archived from the original on October 31, 2006. Retrieved 2006.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ 1980-81 Dallas Mavericks Roster and Stats. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  5. ^ "CBS' Jim Spanarkel looks back happily on days with original Mavs, even the time a tiger was brought to the locker room". Dallas News. March 24, 2017. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "NBA.com NBA TV Talent:Jim Spanarkel". Retrieved 2006.
  7. ^ Tufaro, Greg; McGurk, Tom; Falk, Steven; Havsy, Jane; Newman, Josh; Stapleton, Art. From the field to the booth: These New Jersey athletes became sports broadcasters", The Record (Bergen County), October 18, 2019. Accessed October 20, 2019. "Jim Spanarkel... Now living in Rutherford, he is a Brooklyn Nets announcer, and a college basketball announcer for SNY and CBS. He also works the NCAA Tournament."
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "NBA and Duke Statistics". Retrieved 2006.
  9. ^ "Duke Sports Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2006.
  10. ^ "Duke Circle of Honor". Retrieved 2006.
  11. ^ "UPI First Team All-America". Retrieved 2006.
  12. ^ "All ACC Team". Retrieved 2006.
  13. ^ "MVP of ALL-ACC Tournament Teams". Retrieved 2006.
  14. ^ "ACC Rookie of the Year". Retrieved 2006.
  15. ^ "NCAA East Regional MOP". Retrieved 2006.
  16. ^ "All NCAA Tournament". Retrieved 2006.
  17. ^ "GTE Academic All-Americans". Retrieved 2006.
  18. ^ "Duke Team Captains". Retrieved 2006.
  19. ^ "Swett Memorial Trophy". Retrieved 2006.
  20. ^ "Breen, Spanarkel, Maher win Emmys". Retrieved 2014.

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