James Ager Worthy (born February 27, 1961) is an American former professional basketball player who is currently a commentator, television host, and analyst.Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, “Big Game James” was a seven-time NBA All-Star, three-time NBA champion, and the 1988 NBA Finals MVPwith the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
A standout at the University of North Carolina, the 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) small forward shared College Player of the Year honors en route to leading the Tar Heels to the 1982 NCAA Championship. Named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, he was No. 1 pick of the 1982 NBA draft of the defending NBA champion Lakers.
Worthy was born in Gastonia, North Carolina. His 21.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game during his senior season at Ashbrook High led the team to the state championship game. Named both a Parade Magazine and McDonald’s All-American, he was selected to play in the 1979 McDonald’s All-American Game that featured future NBA Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, and Ralph Sampson.