James Ennis
James Ennis
30-Year-Old ForwardF
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
2019 Fantasy Outlook
For the third time in the last four years, Ennis suited up for more than one franchise in the same season. Splitting time with the Rockets and 76ers in 2018-19, he appeared in 58 games and collected averages of 6.7 points (46.9 FG%, 35.3 3P%, 71.6 FT%), 3.1 rebounds, 0.9 threes, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.4 blocks in 21.2 minutes. Ennis was actually having a decent campaign for Houston. However, salary cap concerns led to him being traded to the 76ers, where his averages (5.3 points, 3.6 boards, 0.8 dimes, 0.6 treys, 0.4 blocks and 0.2 steals in 15.6 minutes) took a sizable dip across 18 regular-season contests. Then again, the veteran stepped up in 11 playoff games, filling in as the lone reliable wing off the bench and posting 7.5 points (48.4 FG%, 28.1 3P%, 63.2 FT%), 3.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 threes, 0.4 steals and 0.3 blocks in 21.1 minutes per night. Ennis re-signed with the 76ers this past summer, but he'll be competing with sophomore Zhaire Smith and rookie Matisse Thybulle for minutes off the bench. As a result, Ennis has a low ceiling in terms of potential statistical production, which likely limits his appeal to deeper leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.88 million contract with the 76ers in July of 2019. Traded to the Magic in February of 2020. Contract includes $2.13 million player option for 2020-21.
Personal Bio

James Alfred Ennis III was born in Ventura, California, to Denise Taylor and James Ennis. He has two brothers and three sisters. Ennis also has a cousin, Lorenzo Booker, who was a running back in the NFL. As a child, Ennis played soccer and basketball. He also enjoyed skateboarding and rollerblading. Ennis bounced between numerous high schools before graduating from Ventura High School in 2009. As a member of the NBA, Ennis has made valuable contributions off the court. He established The James Ennis Foundation (https://jamesennisiii.com/charity/) with a mission to "help children and young athletes in underserved communities." He also co-founded the Ennis Elite AAU Club Team with coach Raymond Edwards. In 2019, Ennis hosted a free kids day camp in his hometown of Ventura and later visited a basketball court dedicated in his name in the spot where his childhood home once stood. Learn more about Ennis by following him on Twitter (@JamesDa_Truth) and on Instagram (@biggame11).

College/International Summary

Ennis spent the first two years in junior college before moving to Long Beach State. He averaged 19.0 points and 7.7 rebounds as a freshman for Oxnard College and was named to the All-Western State Conference First Team. He moved to Ventura College as a sophomore and provided 20.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists. The 6-foot-6 guard became a 49er in 2011-12 and was given Honorable Mention for All-Big West in his first season. He averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists. As a senior, Ennis became to the go-to player for LBSU. He won Big West Player of the Year after putting up 16.5 points and 6.7 rebounds. Ennis had seven double-doubles, including 26 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Cal-State Fullerton. Before joining the NBA, Ennis played in Australia (where he finished third in MVP voting after averaging 21.2 points and 7.1 rebounds) and Puerto Rico professionally.

Starting during opener
FOrlando Magic
July 31, 2020
Ennis will start during Friday's restart opener against the Nets.
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With Wes Iwundu (neck) sidelined and the Magic bringing Jonathan Isaac off the bench for his first game back, Ennis will draw the start at small forward. In his 10 starts this season he's averaging 6.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 24.7 minutes.
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2018

For the second-straight season, James Ennis was part of a mid-season trade. This time, he was sent from the Houston Rockets to the Philadelphia 76ers in early February. Collectively, he appeared in 58 games and made 27 starts. For the season, the 6-foot-7 forward averaged 6.7 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 46.9 percent from the field. Most of that production came as a Rocket. In 40 games before being traded, Ennis averaged 7.4 points and shot 49.3 percent from the field. The California native was at his best during November. He scored double-digit points in seven games and shot 51.1 percent for the month. In his first postseason action since the 2016-17 season, Ennis averaged 7.5 points and made 48.4 percent of his field-goal attempts. He also had four-straight postseason contests in which he registered double-digit scoring.

2017

Ennis began the 2017-18 season in Memphis before a trade to the Pistons in early February. He served as a valuable reserve piece in both locations. Although Ennis came off the bench most nights, he also made 22 starts over the course of the season. His 22.3 minutes were roughly in line with his playing time from a season ago, as were his totals of 7.1 points and 3.1 rebounds. Ennis's greatest asset has always been his ability to shoot the basketball. The former Long Beach State product is fresh off a season in which he hit better than 47 percent (47.4) of his field goals for the second time in the past three campaigns. Ennis also shot 83.6 percent from the foul line while draining 33.3 percent of his threes. He contributed on the defensive side, too, tallying at least one (1.0) steal/block per game for a second straight season. Ennis has been reliable with the ball in his hands, averaging less than a turnover per game in each of his first four NBA seasons.

2016

Ennis appeared in 68 games for the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2016-2017 campaign, starting 28 of those contests. It was the most games he had started in a single season to date, breaking his previous career high of five. Ennis averaged 6.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest. That rebounding mark broke a previous career high by more than a full board per contest. Ennis, a former Big West standout, shot 45.5 percent from the floor, including 37.2 percent from three-point range. He reached double-digits in points on 16 different occasions during the regular season. Ennis scored a season-high 16 points in two separate outings. The first occurred Oct. 29 against the Knicks, and the second was a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds against New Orleans on Nov. 2. He tied a career-high with 12 rebounds against Washington on Oct. 30. That early-season stretch may have been his best, as Ennis recorded 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds during the first six games of the year. Ennis appeared in all six playoff games for the Grizzlies after the team posted a 43-39 regular-season record. He averaged 8.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per playoff contest.

2015

Ennis split his 2015-16 campaign between Miami, Memphis and New Orleans. He began the season with the Heat before moving on to the Grizzlies in a trade less than two weeks into the season. He received sporadic playing time in Memphis before joining the Pelicans in late March. It was in New Orleans that Ennis shined. Ennis saw no fewer than 24 minutes worth of action in each of the Pelicans' final nine games. He scored in double figures in eight of those contests. After posting a massive 29-point, five-rebound, four-assist line in a tight loss to Chicago on April 11, Ennis followed that up with a 28-point effort in New Orleans' season finale just two days later. Ennis was efficient from the field (47.8 percent) in addition to draining 44.8 percent of his three-point attempts. The Long Beach State product signed a multi-year deal to rejoin the Grizzlies over the summer.

2014

Ennis was selected 50th overall in the 2013 NBA draft, but wasn't able to agree to terms with the Heat and ended up overseas. After an exciteming 2013-14 season with the Perth Wildcats of the Australian league, where Ennis averaged 21.2 points and 7.1 rebounds, he traveled to Puerto Rico briefly before getting another shot with the Heat. He signed a multi-year deal in the summer of the 2014 and appeared in the 2014 NBA Summer League, putting up 15.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Ennis proceeded to make his NBA debut in the 2014 season opener, Oct. 29, and posted five points and two rebounds over 15 minutes of run. He made his first career start Nov. 14 against the Hawks, recording a point, a rebound and an assist in six minutes on the court. Ennis saved his finest work for the final game of the season when he racked up 17 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in a Apr. 15 start against Philadelphia. The 17 points matched a career high set earlier in the month, while his 12 rebounds were also a season best. He appeared in 62 total games (three starts) for the Heat, posting averages of 5.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.5 three-pointers across 17.0 minutes per game.

2013

Ennis was drafted by the Hawks out of Long Beach State with the 50th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but was then traded to the Heat. With no room on the roster for Ennis, the Heat allowed him to spend the season playing in Australia, where he ultimately finished third in the MVP voting while averaging 21.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. After a short time in Puerto Rico, he showed promise over the course of six games in the NBA Summer League, shooting 48 percent from the field with averages of 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2nd round (50th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft and traded to the Miami Heat for a 2017 2nd round draft pick.
  • July 15, 2014
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Miami Heat.
  • November 10, 2015
    Traded by the Miami Heat with Mario Chalmers to the Memphis Grizzlies for Jarnell Stokes and Beno Udrih.
  • March 2, 2016
    Waived by the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • March 30, 2016
    Signed a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • April 9, 2016
    Signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • July 13, 2016
    Signed a two-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • February 8, 2018
    Traded by the Memphis Grizzlies to the Detroit Pistons for Brice Johnson and a 2022 2nd round draft pick.
  • July 13, 2018
    Signed a two-year contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets.
  • February 7, 2019
    Traded by the Houston Rockets to the Philadelphia 76ers for a 2021 2nd round draft pick.
  • July 11, 2019
    Signed a two-year contract as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • February 6, 2020
    Traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Orlando Magic in exchange for draft considerations.
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Ennis split the 2017-18 season between the Grizzlies (45 games) and Pistons (27 games), but kept fairly similar averages between both squads. In 72 games combined, he finished with 7.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 22.3 minutes, while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from deep. Those numbers kept him out of the Fantasy discussion in the bulk of leagues and that's unlikely to change as he heads to an even more talented roster. Ennis joined the Rockets as a free agent this offseason and will look to help fill the void of departed players such as Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Corey Brewer. That said, Ennis appears to be slated for a reserve role that would at best, mirror his previous year's workload, so his production isn't likely to increase. Look for him to battle Gerald Green for minutes behind the likes of James Harden, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker on the wing.
Ennis, during his third year in the league last season, saw his most substantial role yet, playing a career-high 23.5 minutes per game. He also started a career-high 28 games out of the 64 he appeared in. On the season, he posted 6.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per contest while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 51-of-137 (37.2 percent) from deep. While he was an efficient player, the 6-foot-7 forward is a low-volume scorer (and producer in general), limiting his overall Fantasy impact. His role likely won’t expand next season, either, as the Grizzlies brought in Ben McLemore and Tyreke Evans over the summer. Chandler Parsons will begin the season healthy as well. While it’s possible Ennis sees an expanded workload and/or an uptick in production, most signs point to a similar season from the 27-year-old. As a result, he can probably be safely avoided in the majority of Fantasy drafts, though the possibility does remain for him to be a solid waiver wire pickup in deeper leagues depending on how things play out in Memphis.
Ennis appeared in 62 games for Miami last year but saw most of his action when the team was riddled with injuries, averaging 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 17 minutes per game. He now enters his second NBA season under a non-guaranteed contract with the Heat, and given that the team extended Ennis' guarantee date on his deal, his future with the team looks rather bleak. Ennis presents himself as a long, athletic wing and even served as a stand-out talent when he played overseas, but during his brief stint in the NBA, he hasn't shown the ability to do any one thing particularly well. With that said, even if Ennis should secure a roster spot before the season starts, how he would fit into the team's rotation will remain a big question mark, especially with the acquisition of both Justise Winslow and Gerald Green this offseason, both of whom are versatile wings. Unless this Miami team becomes plagued with injuries, Ennis' impact over the course of the 2015-16 season will be rather minimal, and he may even find himself in the D-League from time-to-time during the year.
Ennis was drafted by the Hawks with the 50th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft but was then traded to the Heat. He spent the gap year playing abroad in Australia and Puerto Rico, all the while waiting for the Heat to create roster space for the 24-year-old. The pride of Long Beach State excelled In his season in Australia and ultimately finished third in MVP voting while averaging 21.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He then spent a short time in Puerto Rico before participating in the NBA's summer league. Ennis exceeded expectations in six summer league performances as he shot 48 percent from the field with averages of 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds. At times, he looked better on the court than fellow rookie Shabazz Napier and gave coach Erik Spoelstra reason to believe he could contribute to the Heat's rotation this season. While his expectations for this season should still be curbed, he has an outside chance at proving he deserves time off the bench if he's able to duplicate some of the outings we've seen from him overseas and in the summer league this past season.
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Starts, scores 15 in scrimmage
FOrlando Magic
July 28, 2020
Ennis generated 15 points (7-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist and three steals in Monday's 114-110 scrimmage win over Denver.
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Tested positive, now cleared
FOrlando Magic
July 15, 2020
Ennis recently tested positive for coronavirus but has since been cleared to play and returned to the practice floor Wednesday, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
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Enters starting five
FOrlando Magic
February 21, 2020
Ennis is in the starting lineup Friday against the Mavericks.
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Logs 16 minutes in Magic debut
FOrlando Magic
February 10, 2020
Ennis collected six points (2-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), five rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes during Monday's 135-126 win over the Hawks.
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Available Monday
FOrlando Magic
February 10, 2020
Magic coach Steve Clifford said Ennis will play in Monday's game against the Hawks, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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