J. J. Avila

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J. J. Avila
No. 31 – Texas Legends
Position Forward
League NBA G League
Personal information
Born (1991-10-11) October 11, 1991 (age 27)
McAllen, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school McAllen (McAllen, Texas)
NBA draft 2015 / Undrafted
Playing career 2015–present
Career history
2015–2016 Stella Artois Leuven Bears
2016–2017 Windy City Bulls
2017–present Texas Legends
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Mountain West (2015)
  • Third-team All-Mountain West (2014)
  • Patriot League Rookie of the Year (2011)
  • Patriot League All-Rookie Team (2011)

Joseph John Avila[1] (born October 11, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Texas Legends of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for Navy and Colorado State.

High school career

Avila attended McAllen High School. As a senior, he averaged 21.6 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.6 steals, being named to the Class 5A Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-state team. After graduating, Avila was the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,865 career points.[2]

College career

Avila began his career at Navy, where he played for two years and won the Patriot League Rookie of the Year after ranking second on the team in scoring (11.5), rebounding (5.3), assists (74) and free throw percentage (.829).[2]

After playing at Navy, he transferred to South Texas College where he redshirted and then transferred to Colorado State where he averaged 16.7 points and 7.4 rebounds. He earned first-team All-Mountain West honors as a senior in 2014-15 after averaging 16.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists.[3] In his four college seasons, he saw action in started 103 of 115 games and posted averages of 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 31.5 minutes.[2][4]

Professional career

After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft, Avila joined the Houston Rockets for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[3] On July 27, he signed with Stella Artois Leuven Bears of the Belgian League.[5] In 18 games, he averaged 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists.[6]

In July, 2016, Avila joined the New York Knicks for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[6] On September 26, 2016, he signed with the Chicago Bulls,[4] but was waived on October 21 after appearing in two preseason games.[7] On October 30, 2016, he was acquired by the Windy City Bulls of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of Chicago.[8] On January 28, he was traded to the Texas Legends.[9]

Personal life

He is the son of J.J. Avila Sr. and Vicki Avila . He majored in communication studies at Colorado State.


  1. ^ "Lange Welcomes Seven Members of the Class of 2014". Navy Sports. July 14, 2010. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Colorado State bio". CSURams.com. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Stephens, Matt L. (July 9, 2015). "J.J. Avila to play for Houston Rockets in NBA summer league". Coloradoan.com. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "BULLS FINALIZE TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". NBA.com. September 26, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Pietermaat, Frank (July 27, 2015). "OVEREENKOMST J.J. AVILA". LeuvenBears.be (in Dutch). Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Stephens, Matt L. (June 27, 2016). "JJ Avila to play for New York Knicks in NBA Summer League". Coloradoan.com. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "BULLS WAIVE AVILA, SMITH-RIVERA AND WALKUP". NBA.com. October 21, 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  8. ^ "Windy City Bulls Select Four Players in 2016 D-League Draft to Complete Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. October 30, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  9. ^ "Legends Complete Trade With Windy City". NBA.com. January 28, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017.

External links

  • Colorado State bio
  • Navy bio
  • RealGM profile
  • Sports-Reference profile
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