James Franklin Edwards (born November 22, 1955) is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed “Buddha” for his appearance (he often sported a Fu Manchu mustache) and stoic demeanor, the 7’1″Though he never appeared in an All-Star Game, Edwards was a reliable low-post scorer, averaging 12.7 points per game over his career.
Edwards was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers on June 10, 1977 and made his NBA debut on October 18. Edwards was then traded to the Indiana Pacers. This is where Edwards played a majority of his career and averaged his best scoring numbers, averaging 15.9 points during his four years with the franchise. Edwards spent a short period of time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Edwards was then traded to the Phoenix Suns.
Edward’s most remembered years in the NBA was his three seasons with the Detroit Pistons. He was a key member of the 1989 and 1990 NBA champion Detroit Pistons, starting most of the team’s games in 1990. Edwards was known for his turn-around fadeaway jump shot that was difficult to block.
He was then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.He spent his 18th season with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Edwards spent his final season with the Chicago Bulls. He won a third championship in the final season of his career, with the 1996 Chicago Bulls, where he saw limited playing time.
He retired with 14,862 career points and 6,004 career rebounds.
Career highlights and awards
3× NBA champion (1989, 1990, 1996)
2× First-team All-Pac-8 (1976, 1977)
Career NBA statistics
Points 14,862 (12.7 ppg)
Rebounds 6,004 (5.1 rpg)
Blocks 867 (0.7 bpg)