Phill Jones

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Phill Jones
No. 13 – Nelson Giants
Position Shooting guard
League NBL
Personal information
Born (1974-01-25) 25 January 1974 (age 41)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school Inangahua College
(Inangahua Junction, New Zealand)
Nelson College
(Nelson, New Zealand)
Pro career 1993–present
Career history
1993–1998 Nelson Giants
1998–1999 Kouvot
1999 Otago Nuggets
2000–present Nelson Giants
2000–2001 Kouvot
2001–2002 Honka Espoo
2002 Kouvot
2002–2003 Cantù
2003–2004 New Zealand Breakers
2004–2007 Cantù
2007–2009 New Zealand Breakers
2009–2011 Cairns Taipans
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x NZNBL champion (1994, 1998)
  • Korisliiga champion (1999)
  • NZNBL MVP (2009)
  • ANBL Best Sixth Man (2009)
  • No. 13 retired by Nelson Giants

Phillip Charles George "Phill" Jones (born 25 January 1974) is a New Zealand professional basketball player who currently plays for the Nelson Giants of the New Zealand National Basketball League (NZNBL).

The two-time Olympian has scored more points in the New Zealand NBL than any other Kiwi player and is second overall in league scoring history. In 2004, he ranked second among all points scorers at the Athens Olympics.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Christchurch, Jones grew up in Reefton and attended Inangahua College in Inangahua Junction, 30 minutes north of Reefton. In 1992, Jones moved to Nelson to play high school basketball at Nelson College.[2]

Professional career[edit]

In 1993, Jones debuted in the New Zealand NBL for the Nelson Giants, playing for them for six seasons. Following the 1998 season, Jones signed with Kouvot of Finland for the 1998–99 Korisliiga season. In 1999, Jones joined the Otago Nuggets for the 1999 season. After one season with the Nuggets, he re-joined the Giants and played for them every year until 2014 (except for 2005 and 2007).[3]

In 2000, he re-joined Kouvot for the 2000–01 Korisliiga season. In 2001, he signed with Honka Espoo for the 2001–02 season, but later re-joined Kouvot in January 2002.

In the summer of 2002, Jones signed with Oregon Scientific Cantù of Italy for the 2002–03 season.[4]

In 2003, Jones signed with the New Zealand Breakers for the 2003–04 NBL season.

In 2004, Jones re-signed with Cantù, playing for them until 2007. Jones subsequently missed out on the Giants' 2007 championship after returning from Italy two days too late to complete his five-game requirement to be eligible to join the Nelson roster.[5]

In July 2007, Jones signed a two-year deal with the New Zealand Breakers.[6]

In July 2009, Jones signed with the Cairns Taipans for the 2009–10 NBL season.[7] In May 2010, he re-signed with the Taipans for the 2010–11 NBL season.

On 10 May 2014, Jones played his 350th game for the Nelson Giants in a 83–94 loss to the Southland Sharks.[8] On 16 May 2014, Jones tied the all-time record for NBL games played. In the Giants' 77–82 loss to the Hawke's Bay Hawks, he played his 361st game, tying the record with NBL great Willie Burton who played from 1985–2006.[9] On 23 May 2014, he broke Burton's record, playing his 362nd game in a 91–82 win over the Manawatu Jets. In 31 minutes of action, he recorded 11 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal.[10][11][12] On 27 June 2014, Jones' number 13 was retired by the Giants following Jones' final home game at Saxton Stadium in which the Giants defeated the OceanaGold Nuggets 101–89.[13] On 4 July 2014, Jones played his 369th and final NBL game in the Giants' 71–87 semi-final loss to the Wellington Saints.[14]

Following his retirement from playing professionally, Jones was appointed as the Nelson Giants' managing director.[15][16] However, in March 2015, he came out of retirement and re-joined the Giants playing group for the NBL Pre-season Blitz.[17] New head coach Tim Fanning managed to convince Jones to commit to another season, as he joined the squad to add much needed depth for the 2015 season.[18]

International career[edit]

In June 2008, after 14 years of playing for the Tall Blacks, Jones retired from international basketball.


Jones is the son of John and Carol Jones. He and his wife, Kat, have three children: Maia, Hayden and Ava.[5][19] His brother, Johnno, is married to wife, Megan.[13]


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Preceded by
Dontaye Draper
NBL Best Sixth Man
Succeeded by
Erron Maxey