James Edward Silas ( born February 11, 1949 in Tallulah, Louisiana ) is a retired American professional basketball player. He played at the guard position. The main part of his career was spent with the San Antonio Spurs in the ABA and the NBA.
James Silas played at the Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches (Texas ) College Basketball. In his last season (senior), he scored an average of 30.7 points per game and he led the school to a 29:1 balance.
Silas was drafted in the fifth round by the Houston Rockets in the NBA Draft in 1972, but was released by them before the start of season 1972-73. In November 1972, he then signed a contract with the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association ( ABA), where he was elected after the season 1972-73 in the ABA All- Rookie Team. 1973 Chaparral sold and then were called San Antonio Spurs.
His best season in the ABA was 1975-76, in which he scored 23.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists for the Spurs.
Silas was appointed twice to the ABA All-Star Game (1975 and 1976). In addition, in 1975 he was elected to the All- ABA Second Team and 1976 in the All- ABA First Team.
1976, the operation of the ABA game was stopped and the Spurs changed in the NBA. There, Silas was still playing for five more years for San Antonio. In 1981 he moved to the Cleveland Cavaliers, for whom he still played one season before he retired from active competition.
On February 28, 1984 James Silas ' jersey number (13 ) as the first number was at all of the San Antonio Spurs retired, ie this number is no longer assigned to other players.