James H. “Jumpin Jimmy” Washington (born July 1, 1943) is a former professional basketball player. A 6’6″ forward born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and from Villanova University, he was selected by the St. Louis Hawks with the 6th pick of the 1965 NBA Draft. After one year with the Hawks, he joined the Chicago Bulls, where he became a fan favorite as the first Bull to average more than ten rebounds per game. In 1967-1968, he averaged 12.5 points and 10.1 rebounds; the following season, he averaged 14 points and 10.6 rebounds. Washington would also play for the Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks (a later incarnation of the St. Louis Hawks), and the Buffalo Braves and retired with 6,637 career rebounds. Although Jimmy is listed as 6’6″ he is actually 6’7″. His Chicago Bulls coach, Johnny Kerr listed him as 6’6″ to claim him as the shortest center in the league.
He is awarded The Robert V. Geasey Trophy. It is awarded to the most outstanding basketball player in the Philadelphia Big 5, an informal association of college athletic programs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It is not an MVP award and does not represent the entire regular season’s most valuable player; the award goes simply to the best basketball player for Big 5 games played that season. It has been given since 1956 and is granted by the Herb Good Basketball Club. Members of the Philadelphia Big 5 are La Salle University, the University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph’s University, Temple University and Villanova University.
Career highlights and awards
Robert V. Geasey Trophy winner (1965)
Career NBA statistics
Points 8,168 (10.6 ppg)
Rebounds 6,637 (8.6 rpg)
Assists 1,105 (1.4 apg)