James Capers

NBA Experience 29th season
Born November 8, 1961 (Chicago, Ill.)
Resides Chicago, Ill.
High School Hales Franciscan (Chicago, Ill.)
College Northern Illinois University ’84

James Capers has officiated 1,556 regular-season games in 28 seasons as an NBA staff official. He has also worked 178 playoff games, including 14 NBA Finals games. 

Capers officiated the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles and the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Dallas. He has worked NBA games in Beijing, Johannesburg, London, Paris and Tokyo. 

Capers considers his most memorable NBA assignment to be his first NBA Finals: Game 3 of the 2012 Finals between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In addition to his NBA experience, Capers spent six years as a referee in the Continental Basketball Association. He officiated three CBA Finals and two CBA All-Star Games.

Capers has served on the National Basketball Referees Association Executive Board and helped negotiate collective bargaining agreements with the NBA. He was the first official appointed to serve on the NBA Rules and Competition Committee. Capers also has been the referee representative on the Jr. NBA Board.

Capers is the son of former NBA official James Capers Sr.

Fun Facts

Favorite TV Show Black-ish
Favorite Movie Malcom X
Favorite Musician Jill Scott
Favorite Book The Shack
Favorite Meal Lobster roll on Martha's Vineyard
Favorite App Pandora
Bucket List Attend English Premier League soccer match
Hidden Talent Bid Whist