|No. 13 – Nelson Giants|
25 January 1974 |
Christchurch, New Zealand
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||198 lb (90 kg)|
|High school||Inangahua College
(Inangahua Junction, New Zealand)
(Nelson, New Zealand)
|2003–2004||New Zealand Breakers|
|2007–2009||New Zealand Breakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
In July 2007, Jones signed a two-year deal with the New Zealand Breakers.
On 10 May 2014, Jones played his 350th game for the Nelson Giants in a 83–94 loss to the Southland Sharks. 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. 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. 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. On 4 July 2014, Jones played his 369th and final NBL game in the Giants' 71–87 semi-final loss to the Wellington Saints.
Following his retirement from playing professionally, Jones was appointed as the Nelson Giants' managing director. However, in March 2015, he came out of retirement and re-joined the Giants playing group for the NBL Pre-season Blitz. 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.
In June 2008, after 14 years of playing for the Tall Blacks, Jones retired from international basketball.
- 'Cut me and I bleed blue', says retiring Jones
- Giants' blue blood admits end is nigh
- Nelson Giants – player stats
- Basketball: Tall Black makes winning debut in Italy
- Nelson Giants' Phill Jones to stand alone in NBL
- Originals Return
- Phill Jones signs with Taipans
- Southland Sharks spoil party for Giants legend
- Jones to tie record
- Giants down the Jets in Palmerston North
- Jets vs Giants
- Jones gets win in special occasion
- Phill's final home hurrah
- Saints outshine Giants to reach NBL final
- Veteran Vukona stays glued to Giants' cause
- A humble Giant amongst sports legends talks sponsorship, retiring and community
- Much-travelled American Kareem Johnston joins Wellington Saints
- Jones Comes Out Of Retirement
- More parents want three
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