BDA’s James Gist goes for the dunk of the day.

James Clough Gist III (born October 26, 1986), nicknamed “Airlines”, is an American professional basketball player who plays for Panathinaikos Athens of the Greek Basket League. He is 6’9″ 235 pounds power forward.

Gist attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. He played college basketball at the University of Maryland, where he played with the Maryland Terrapins.

Gist was drafted 57th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs. After spending a year with the Italian League club Biella, Gist signed a contract with Lokomotiv-Kuban of Russian League for the 2009–10 season. Gist played for the Spurs in the 2010 NBA Summer League, but was waived on October 19, 2010.

Then he played with Partizan Belgrade during the 2010-11 season, where he won the Serbian League championship, the Serbian Cup, and the Adriatic League championship. In the summer of 2011, he signed a contract with the Turkish League club Fenerbahçe Ülker. On July 7, 2012, Fenerbahçe announced that Gist would not play the next season with the club.

On August 15, 2012, Gist signed one-year deal (with an option for one more season) with the Spanish League club Unicaja Málaga. On September 26, he won the slam dunk contest of the Spanish League.Gist joined the Greek League club Panathinaikos in December of 2012 as part of a trade with Andy Panko. At the end of the season, Gist renewed his contract with the Panathinaikos for two additional seasons.