|Born||June 28, 1957 |
Jersey City, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|Draft||16th overall, 1979|
|Former teams||Philadelphia 76ers 1979–80|
Dallas Mavericks 1980–84
|Awards||Duke Sports Hall of Fame (1990)|
Duke Circle of Honor (2001)
James (Jim) Gerard Spanarkel (born June 28, 1957, in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American television analyst for the National Basketball Association. Spanarkel, who himself was a professional basketball player, was selected 16th overall in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 1980. He played organized high school basketball in Hudson Catholic Regional High School, in Jersey City and for Duke University. He is married to Janet, and the couple have four children, James, Bridget, Stephanie, and Andrew. He is currently a First Vice President and a certified financial planner at Merrill Lynch in New Jersey.
College and professional basketball
Spanarkel was a First Team Acclaim All American, in addition the First Team All-ACC and the first 2000 point scorer in the history of his alma mater, Duke University. 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. He graduated from Duke in 1979.
The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Spanarkel with the 16th overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft and spent his first season, the 1979-80 campaign, with the Sixers. He played the next four seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, leading the club in scoring with a 14.0 ppg average. His NBA career ended in 1984.
He also served as a studio analyst for NBA TV; after his NBA Career ended in 1984. Jim Spanarkel worked a total of 18 years as Nets television analyst, and he additionally works CBS Sports' regular season and NCAA Men's Championship college basketball coverage (analysis). He as well serves 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 New Jersey Nets.
Spanarkel was involved in a very embarrassing moment during a broadcast on January 19, 2008. Spanarkel was interviewing Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez after a win against Louisville. At the end of the interview, Spanarkel, meaning to wish Gonzalez continued luck or success, accidentally said "continued good sex..ugh...sex..in the Big East."
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- In 1990, Jim Spanarkel was inducted into the Duke Sport's Hall of Fame.
- In 2001, Spanarkel was inducted in to the Duke Circle of Honor.
- Jim Spanarkel was inducked into the UPI First Team All-America: 1979.
- He was inducted second into the All-ACC Team.
- MVP of All-ACC Tournament teams in 1978; 1979.
- He was the ACC Freshman of the year in 1976 for Duke.
- He has the NCAA East Regional MOP: 1978.
- He was the All-NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
- Sparnakel was GTE Academic All-Americans consecutively in 1978 and 1979.
- James was Team Captain in 1978-1979.
- He won the Swett Memorial Trophy (Duke MVP) three years in a row: 1977, 1978, and 1979.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Duke Sports Hall of Fame". http://www.dukeupdate.com/Records/duke_sports_hall_of_fame.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-07.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Duke Circle of Honor". http://www.dukeupdate.com/Records/circle_of_honor.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-07.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "UPI First Team All-America". http://www.dukeupdate.com/Records/allamerica_teams.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-07.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "All ACC Team". http://www.dukeupdate.com/Records/allacc_teams.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-07.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "MVP of ALL-ACC Tournament Teams". http://www.dukeupdate.com/Records/allacc_tournament_teams.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-07.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 "ACC Rookie of the Year". http://www.dukeupdate.com/Records/acc_rookie_of_the_year.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-07.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 "NCAA East Regional MOP". http://www.dukeupdate.com/Records/allncaa_regional_teams.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-07.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 "All NCAA Tournament". http://www.dukeupdate.com/Records/allncaa_tournament_teams.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-07.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 "GTE Academic All-Americans". http://www.dukeupdate.com/Records/gte_academic_allamericans.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-07.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 "Duke Team Captains". http://www.dukeupdate.com/Records/team_captains.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-07.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 "Swett Memorial Trophy". http://www.dukeupdate.com/Records/swett_award.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-07.
- ↑ "NBA.com NBA TV Talent:Jim Spanarkel". http://www.nba.com/nba_tv/jim_spanarkel_bio.html. Retrieved 2006-11-07.
- ↑ "Nets:Broadcasters". http://www.nba.com/nets/game_night_experience/broadcasterbios_011011.html. Retrieved 2006-11-07.
- ↑ 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 "NBA and Duke Statistics". http://www.dukeupdate.com/Alumni/jim_spanarkel.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-07.