Dahntay Jones

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Dahntay Jones
Dahntay Jones Bulls vs Pacers December 2009.jpg
Jones with the Indiana Pacers
No. 30 – Cleveland Cavaliers
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1980-12-27) December 27, 1980 (age 35)
Trenton, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Steinert (Hamilton, New Jersey)
College
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 2003–present
Career history
20032007 Memphis Grizzlies
2007–2008 Sacramento Kings
2008 Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)
2008–2009 Denver Nuggets
20092012 Indiana Pacers
2012–2013 Dallas Mavericks
2013 Atlanta Hawks
2014–2015 Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)
2015 Los Angeles Clippers
2015–2016 Grand Rapids Drive (D-League)
2016–present Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Dahntay Lavall Jones (born December 27, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Rutgers and Duke.

Early life[edit]

Jones grew up in Hamilton Square, New Jersey[1] and starred at Steinert High School in Hamilton Township, Mercer County from 1995 to 1998.[2] He earned McDonald's All-America honorable mention honors as a senior after averaging 24 points and 9 rebounds per game.

College career[edit]

After playing college basketball at Rutgers in his freshman and sophomore years, Jones transferred to Duke where he earned All-ACC Honorable Mention honors in 2002 after averaging 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists as a junior. In his senior season, he played 33 games, averaging 17.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.[3][4]

Professional career[edit]

Memphis Grizzlies (2003–2007)[edit]

Jones was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 20th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft, and his rights were later traded, along with the rights to Troy Bell, to the Memphis Grizzlies for the rights to Kendrick Perkins and Marcus Banks.[5] On November 21, 2003, he made his professional debut in a 98–97 win over the Seattle SuperSonics, recording one rebound, one assist and two blocks in eight minutes off the bench.[6] In four professional seasons for the Grizzlies, Jones averaged 5.0 points per game.

Sacramento Kings / Fort Wayne Mad Ants (2007–2008)[edit]

On September 27, 2007, Jones signed with the Boston Celtics.[7] However, he was later waived by the Celtics on October 25.[8] On December 10, he signed with the Sacramento Kings.[9] Four days later, he made his debut with the Kings in a 109–99 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, recording one assist and two steals in seven minutes off the bench.[10] On February 16, 2008, he was waived by the Kings.[9]

On March 21, 2008, Jones was acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.[11] That night, he made his debut for the Mad Ants in a 125–102 loss to the Dakota Wizards, recording 18 points in 31 minutes.[12]

Denver Nuggets (2008–2009)[edit]

On July 30, 2008, Jones signed with the Denver Nuggets.[13] On October 29, he made his debut for the Nuggets in a 98–94 loss to the Utah Jazz, recording three points, three rebounds and one steal in 14 minutes off the bench.[14] The Nuggets went on to reach the Western Conference Finals but were defeated 4 games to 2 by the Los Angeles Lakers.[15]

Indiana Pacers (2009–2012)[edit]

On July 14, 2009, Jones signed a four-year deal with the Indiana Pacers.[16] On October 28, he made his debut for the Pacers in a 120–109 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, recording 17 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes.[17]

Jones with the Mavericks.

Dallas Mavericks / Atlanta Hawks (2012–2013)[edit]

On July 12, 2012, Jones was traded, along with Darren Collison, to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Ian Mahinmi.[18] On October 30, he made his debut for the Mavericks in a 99–91 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[19]

On February 21, 2013, Jones was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Anthony Morrow.[20] The next day, he made his debut for the Hawks in a 122–108 win over the Sacramento Kings.[21]

On September 27, 2013, Jones signed with the Chicago Bulls.[22] However, he was later waived by the Bulls on October 8, 2013.[23] Jones did not play for the 2013–14 season.

Fort Wayne Mad Ants / Los Angeles Clippers (2014–2015)[edit]

On September 25, 2014, Jones signed with the Utah Jazz.[24] However, he was later waived by the Jazz on October 22, 2014.[25] On November 26, 2014, Jones was reacquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.[26] Two days later, he made his season debut in a 124–115 loss to the Delaware 87ers, recording 14 points, one rebound, three assists, one steal and one block in 19 minutes off the bench.[27]

On January 14, 2015, Jones signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.[28] Two days later, he made his debut for the Clippers in a 126–121 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[29] On January 24, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Clippers.[30] On February 3, he signed with the Clippers for the rest of the season.[31] On March 9, the league fined Jones $10,000 for bumping Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors during a postgame interview following the previous night’s Warriors win over the Clippers. Jones denied that the bump was intentional.[32]

Grand Rapids Drive / Cleveland Cavaliers (2015–present)[edit]

On September 10, 2015, Jones signed with the Brooklyn Nets.[33] However, he was later waived by the Nets on October 26 after appearing in four preseason games.[34] On December 4, he was acquired by the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League.[35] The next day, he made his debut for the Drive in a 128–99 win over Raptors 905, recording 13 points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 20 minutes off the bench.[36]

On April 13, 2016, Jones signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[37] That night, he made his debut for the Cavaliers in a 112–110 loss to the Detroit Pistons, recording 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 42 minutes off the bench.[38] On May 22, he was suspended for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals for striking Toronto Raptors' center Bismack Biyombo in the groin during the final possession of Game 3.[39] The Cavaliers went on to win the series in six games and advanced to the 2016 NBA Finals. In the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers came back from a 3–1 deficit to win the series in seven games, as Jones won his first NBA championship.

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
Denotes seasons in which Jones won an NBA championship

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Memphis 20 0 7.8 .283 .250 .455 1.1 .6 .3 .3 1.8
2004–05 Memphis 52 7 12.5 .437 .383 .688 1.3 .4 .3 .2 4.5
2005–06 Memphis 71 4 13.6 .414 .143 .645 1.5 .5 .5 .2 4.0
2006–07 Memphis 78 25 21.4 .477 .417 .793 2.0 .9 .5 .3 7.5
2007–08 Sacramento 25 0 8.2 .434 .167 .667 1.4 .5 .3 .2 3.2
2008–09 Denver 79 71 18.1 .458 .647 .728 2.1 1.0 .6 .2 5.4
2009–10 Indiana 76 26 24.9 .461 .125 .770 3.0 2.0 .5 .5 10.2
2010–11 Indiana 45 2 13.1 .467 .359 .767 1.4 .7 .4 .2 6.3
2011–12 Indiana 65 3 16.2 .409 .429 .838 1.8 1.0 .4 .2 5.3
2012–13 Dallas 50 15 12.7 .357 .216 .805 1.4 .6 .2 .1 3.5
2012–13 Atlanta 28 4 13.6 .390 .250 .677 1.1 .7 .4 .0 3.1
2014–15 L.A. Clippers 33 0 3.7 .286 .000 .818 .3 .1 .1 .0 .6
2015–16 Cleveland 1 0 42.0 .429 .500 .000 5.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 13.0
Career 623 157 15.7 .439 .331 .751 1.7 .8 .4 .2 5.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Memphis 3 0 24.0 .381 .600 .750 3.0 .3 .3 .0 7.3
2006 Memphis 4 0 11.5 .714 .000 .000 1.8 .0 .3 .0 4.3
2009 Denver 16 16 17.5 .481 .250 .767 2.4 .6 .8 .3 7.0
2011 Indiana 3 0 16.7 .450 .000 .889 .7 .7 .3 .0 8.7
2012 Indiana 7 0 8.3 .222 .222 1.000 1.0 .4 .1 .0 2.4
2013 Atlanta 5 0 3.8 .250 .000 1.000 .2 .0 .0 .0 .8
2015 L.A. Clippers 11 0 1.6 1.000 .000 .000 .1 .0 .2 .0 .4
2016 Cleveland 15 0 3.3 .462 .333 .800 .5 .1 .1 .1 1.1
Career 64 16 9.3 .445 .281 .800 1.1 .3 .3 .1 3.4

Personal[edit]

Jones is the son of Larry and Joanne Jones. His father played college basketball at St. Peter's College.[3] His cousin, Al Harrington, is a retired professional basketball player.[40] He is married to Valeisha Butterfield, the daughter of North Carolina Congressman G. K. Butterfield.[41]

References[edit]

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