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James was in ‘rare air’ as NBA player

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GRAMBLING — Aaron James was in “rare air” as an NBA draftee in 1974.

The former Grambling State University star, who was announced Saturday as a member of the 2012 class of inductees for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, was one of a select few of players drafted in that year who finished with a double-digit scoring average during their pro careers.

Of the 36 players selected in the first two rounds of the 1974 draft, James was one of only 15 who closed out his NBA stay with a scoring average of more than 10 points per game.
The New Orleans native who prepped at Cohen High School before joining the then Fred Hobdy-guided G-Men averaged 10.8 points during his 356 games as an NBA player.

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