Birthdate: July 9, 1957
Birthplace: Kettering, Ohio
High School: Archbishop Alter High School
College: University of Dayton
Jim Paxson was born in Kettering, Ohio in 1957, the son of former NBA player Jim Paxson, Sr. He played basketball for the University of Dayton and was a three-time team MVP and earned All-America honors as a senior after averaging more than 23 points per game. He also averaged 17 points as a junior and 18 points as a sophomore at Dayton. He was a first round draft pick (12th overall) in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers. He had an 11-year professional basketball career as a forward and guard. Paxson also played for the Boston Celtics totaling a span of seasons from 1980-1990.
Throughout his professional career he was a two-time All-Star (1983 and 1984) and earned All-NBA Second Team honors in 1984. After retiring, Jim Paxson became the Offensive Skills Coach for the Trail Blazers during their 1993-94 seasons. Following his coaching position, Paxson served as general manager for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1999-2005. In July of 2006 Jim Paxson was hired as a consultant for the Chicago Bulls where he works with his younger brother and former Bulls player, John Paxson. Jim was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, and In 2004, he was named to the University of Dayton's All-Century Team.