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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Jim Washington

   (Born July 1, 1943) -- They don't make nicknames like they used to. Just ask "Jumpy Jimmy Washington," who ended a pretty good basketball career with the Buffalo Braves.

   Washington was born in Philadelphia and stayed at home by going to college at Villanova, where he was known for his rebounding. He was taken with the sixth pick overall in the 1965 NBA draft. Three of the players taken just before Washington were Rick Barry, Jerry Sloan and Billy Cunningham.

   Washington averaged six points and five rebounds per game as a rookie, and was taken by the Chicago Bulls in the expansion draft in 1966. He stayed for three years there, and hit his career high by averaging 14 points per game.

   The forward was traded to Philadelphia with Bob Kauffman for Chet Walker and Shaler Halimon. Walker promptly became a superstar with the Bulls, while Washington stayed for two years before going to Atlanta.

   Finally, the Braves got him for a low draft choice in Jan., 1975. He averaged about 15 minutes per game for the rest of the season but didn't contribute much. Then Washington played in one game in the 1975-76 campaign and was released.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.