Eddie Jones (basketball)

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Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones Miami Heat.jpg
Jones in February 2007 with the Miami Heat.
No. 25, 6
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1971-10-20) October 20, 1971 (age 42)
Pompano Beach, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Blanche Ely
(Pompano Beach, Florida)
College Temple (1991–1994)
NBA draft 1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Pro playing career 1994–2008
Career history
19941999 Los Angeles Lakers
19992000 Charlotte Hornets
20002005 Miami Heat
20052007 Memphis Grizzlies
2007 Miami Heat
2007–2008 Dallas Mavericks
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 retired 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.

NBA career[edit]

Los Angeles Lakers[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

Charlotte Hornets[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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)[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Dallas Mavericks[edit]

After the 2006–07 season ended, Jones became an unrestricted free agent. On August 3, 2007, Jones agreed to a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.[5]

Indiana Pacers[edit]

On October 10, 2008, Jones was traded to the Indiana Pacers.[6]

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.[7]

Media and endorsements[edit]

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.

On June 8, 2009, Eddie Jones was featured in the Spike TV show called Pros vs. Joes. As one of the pros, he was teamed with his former Miami Heat teammates Alonzo Mourning and Antoine Walker.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1994–95 L.A. Lakers 64 58 31.0 .460 .370 .722 3.9 2.0 2.0 .6 14.0
1995–96 L.A. Lakers 70 66 31.2 .492 .366 .739 3.3 3.5 1.8 .6 12.8
1996–97 L.A. Lakers 80 80 37.5 .438 .391 .819 4.1 3.4 2.4 .6 17.2
1997–98 L.A. Lakers 80 80 36.4 .484 .389 .765 3.8 3.1 2.0 .7 16.9
1998–99 L.A. Lakers 20 20 36.2 .423 .313 .738 3.8 3.1 1.8 1.2 13.6
1998–99 Charlotte 30 30 38.6 .446 .359 .801 3.9 4.2 3.0 1.1 17.0
1999–00 Charlotte 72 72 39.0 .427 .375 .864 4.8 4.2 2.7 .7 20.1
2000–01 Miami 63 58 36.2 .445 .378 .844 4.6 2.7 1.7 .9 17.4
2001–02 Miami 81 81 39.0 .432 .390 .837 4.7 3.2 1.4 1.0 18.3
2002–03 Miami 47 47 38.1 .423 .407 .822 4.8 3.7 1.4 .7 18.5
2003–04 Miami 81 81 37.0 .409 .370 .835 3.8 3.2 1.1 .4 17.3
2004–05 Miami 80 80 35.5 .428 .372 .806 5.1 2.7 1.1 .5 12.7
2005–06 Memphis 75 75 32.5 .404 .356 .781 3.7 2.4 1.7 .4 11.8
2006–07 Memphis 29 14 19.3 .377 .297 .735 2.1 1.1 .8 .1 5.6
2006–07 Miami 35 27 29.5 .446 .378 .829 3.7 2.2 1.3 .2 9.5
2007–08 Dallas 47 33 19.6 .367 .293 .714 2.8 1.5 .6 .2 3.7
Career 954 902 34.4 .437 .373 .809 4.0 2.9 1.7 .6 14.8
All-Star 3 1 21.0 .467 .182 .556 5.3 1.7 1.3 .7 11.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1994–95 Los Angeles 10 0 28.6 .375 .444 .714 3.2 2.0 .8 .9 8.7
1995–96 Los Angeles 4 4 38.8 .551 .526 .625 5.3 1.5 2.0 .3 17.3
1996–97 Los Angeles 9 9 31.4 .458 .375 .743 3.4 3.2 1.0 .4 11.2
1997–98 Los Angeles 13 13 36.6 .466 .417 .829 3.9 2.5 2.0 1.6 17.0
1999–00 Charlotte 4 4 42.8 .379 .346 .938 5.0 4.8 2.5 .8 17.0
2000–01 Miami 3 3 36.0 .500 .438 .857 6.0 2.3 1.0 .3 19.0
2003–04 Miami 13 13 36.8 .366 .299 .800 3.6 2.2 1.4 .8 13.2
2004–05 Miami 15 15 40.1 .455 .400 .738 5.8 2.6 1.2 .6 13.7
2005–06 Memphis 4 3 29.8 .483 .429 .667 2.8 2.5 .8 .3 10.3
2006–07 Miami 3 2 22.0 .222 .167 .833 2.0 1.7 .3 .3 3.3
2007–08 Dallas 3 0 7.3 .333 .250 1.000 1.0 .3 .3 .0 2.0
Career 81 66 34.1 .433 .383 .783 4.0 2.4 1.3 .8 12.8

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