Eddie Jones (basketball)
Jones in February 2007 with the Miami Heat.
|No. 25, 6|
October 20, 1971 |
Pompano Beach, Florida
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Blanche Ely
(Pompano Beach, Florida)
|NBA draft||1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|Pro playing career||1994–2008|
|1994–1999||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||14,155 (14.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||3,857 (4.0 rpg)|
|Steals||1,620 (1.7 spg)|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Eddie Charles Jones (born October 20, 1971) is an American former professional basketball player. Jones played college basketball at Temple University and was the 1993–94 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. A 3-time NBA All-Star, he was selected 10th overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers raised some eyebrows when they selected Jones with the 10th overall selection. Many felt that the Lakers really needed a front line player to help out James Worthy (who retired at the beginning of the 1994-1995 season), Elden Campbell, Vlade Divac, and George Lynch, although very few left available were worthy of being a selection this high; and with Nick Van Exel, Sedale Threatt, Anthony Peeler, Duane Cooper, Tony Smith, swingman Doug Christie, et al already in the fold, drafting Jones would only further complicate the already "log jammed" backcourt and wing positions. But then-Lakers general manager Jerry West wasn't swayed by the critics and drafted Jones anyway.
"We wanted the best pure athlete available, and Eddie was too good to pass up," West said.
In his rookie season for the Los Angeles Lakers, he averaged 14.0 points per game and 2.05 steals per game, and played in 64 games, 58 of which he started. He also led the NBA in steal/turnover ratio (1.75), placed 4th in the NBA Rookie of the Year ballot, and was on the 1994–95 NBA All-Rookie First Team. In the 94–95 All-Star weekend Rookie Challenge he won the MVP, posting a game-high 25 points, 6 steals, and 4 rebounds. Jones would become an integral part of the Lakers squad, along with Nick Van Exel and Cedric Ceballos.
After his second season, Jones switched from number 25 to 6, as the Lakers had retired 25 for Gail Goodrich. He selected 6 as growing up he was a fan of Julius Erving. Eddie spent his first five seasons with the Lakers, two of which included a trip to the NBA All-Star Game, in 1996–97 and 1997–98. Known for his pesky defense, Jones was named to the 1997–98 and 1998–99 NBA All-Defensive Second Team, in a competitive late 1990s field.
However, he and Elden Campbell were traded to the Charlotte Hornets for Glen Rice, J. R. Reid and B. J. Armstrong on March 10, 1999. This was intended to free up the floor with better three point shooting from Glen Rice. Jones was a mentor for Kobe Bryant during his time with the Lakers, as both had ties to the Philadelphia area, with Jones having attended Temple University and Bryant having attended Lower Merion High School near Philadelphia. Jones was missed by Laker fans following the trade, and the chants of "EDDIE, EDDIE!" were unmistakable during home games in seasons afterwards.
Eddie's following campaign with the Hornets, 1999–2000, was his finest statistically, when he averaged 20.1 points, 2.7 steals (1st that season), 4.2 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game. Jones was also voted to start at guard for the East All-Stars, took the Hornets to the playoffs, and was Third Team All-NBA. Jones became a free agent after the season, and talked with the Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic, but wanted to play for his hometown of Miami.
Miami Heat (Grizzlies and return)
After re-signing with the Hornets, he was traded with Anthony Mason to the Miami Heat for Jamal Mashburn and PJ Brown. He played consistently at both ends of the floor, and led the Heat to the 2001 playoffs following the absence of Alonzo Mourning. He averaged 18.5 points per game in the 2002–2003 season, his best with Miami. Over 2003–04, Jones continued to generate his usual output, but his role altered as players like Caron Butler and Lamar Odom also starred for the Heat. As Dwyane Wade blossomed in 2004–05, Eddie saw his scoring output dip to 12.7 points per game. After five seasons, Jones was dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies for James Posey and Jason Williams on August 2, 2005 in a record five-team, thirteen-player trade. On January 30, 2007, Jones was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies. On February 1, 2007, Jones signed a minimum contract for his second stint with the Miami Heat, playing increasing minutes after Dwyane Wade's shoulder injury.
After being traded to the Pacers, Jones had his contract renegotiated which enabled him to pursue playing for another team or retire. On October 16, 2008, he was released from the Pacers in order for them to free up cap room.
Media and endorsements
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Jones appeared in a comical Taco Bell commercial that features several people who were related to the Lakers organization at the time. The commercial focuses on Shaquille O'Neal suffering from Taco Neck Syndrome. Along with Michael Finley, Jones appeared in a commercial for the Air Jordan XVI.
Jones was the cover athlete for the 989 Sports basketball game NBA ShootOut '97. He was also one of the original players chosen to endorse Air Jordan, and wears the "Jordan XI". Jones appeared on the sitcom In the House.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- List of National Basketball Association career steals leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career 3-point scoring leaders
- List of National Basketball Association players with 9 or more steals in a game
- Street & Smith NBA Basketball Preview, 1994
- Commercial Appeal : Memphis News, Business, Homes, Jobs, Cars, & Information
- Memphis Grizzlies, Dwyane Wade, Eddie Jones, Robert Hite, National Basketball Association, Miami Heat - CBSSports.com
- ESPN - Mavs agree to 2-year deal with veteran SG Jones - NBA Retrieved 4 August 2007.
- NBA.com profile
- YouTube clip of dunks in Jones's rookie season
- Summary from "Maxwell Said Knock You Out"
- Jordan XVI commercial
- Taco Bell commercial