James Jones (basketball player)
Jones with the Miami Heat
|No. 1 – Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Position||Small forward / Shooting guard|
October 4, 1980 |
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||218 lb (99 kg)|
|High school||American (Hialeah, Florida)|
|College||Miami (Florida) (1999–2003)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49th overall|
|Selected by the Indiana Pacers|
|2007–2008||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
James Andrew Jones (born October 4, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He currently serves as the secretary-treasurer of the National Basketball Players Association.
Indiana Pacers (2003–2005)
The 6'8" (203 cm), 215 lb (98 kg) small forward who attended American Senior High in Miami was picked 49th by the Indiana Pacers in the 2003 NBA draft out of the University of Miami. After playing in only 26 total minutes over six games during his rookie campaign, he played almost a full season during 2004–05, averaging 4.9 points per game while also ranking 25th in the NBA in three-point conversion percentage (39.8%).
Phoenix Suns (2005–2007)
Portland Trail Blazers (2007–2008)
During the 2007 season, Jones stayed near the top of the rankings in three-point shooting percentage, finishing third in the league, with a shooting percentage of 44.4%. Despite his good shooting for the year, Jones was not selected to participate in the Three-point Shootout contest during the 2008 NBA All-Star Game, much to the chagrin of Trail Blazers fans.
On June 26, 2008, Jones used his player option to opt out of his contract with the Trail Blazers, making him a free agent for the off-season.
Miami Heat (2008–2014)
On July 9, 2008, Jones signed a contract with his hometown team, the Miami Heat. He earned $4 million in his first year of a potential five-year contract, worth up to $23.2 million. The first two years were guaranteed, while the final three were options held by both the Miami Heat and Jones.
On December 9, 2011, Jones re-signed with the Heat to a three-year, $4.5 million contract.
In the 2011–12 season, an impressive playoff run by the Heat culminated in Jones' first NBA championship, and the franchise's second as they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals, 4 games to 1. He won his second championship the following season, when the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in seven games. In 2013–14, the Heat made the 2014 NBA Finals as they recorded their fourth straight Finals appearance. Miami faced the Spurs again but this time, the Heat went on to lose in five games.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2014–present)
On August 5, 2014, Jones signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers won the East and got to the Finals. While Jones did not play any game in the 2011 finals, he and LeBron James became the first players to reach five consecutive championship series since the 1950s-60s Boston Celtics led by Bill Russell. Against the Golden State Warriors, the Cavaliers lost the series in six games.
On July 25, 2015, Jones re-signed with the Cavaliers.
- 2014 Inductee University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame
- 2012–13 NBA Champion
- 2011–12 NBA Champion
- 2010–11 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest Champion
- 2002–03 Honorable Mention All-Big East Conference Team
- 2002–03 Verizon Academic All-American
- 2002–03 Big East All-Academic Team
- 2001–02 All-Big East Conference Third Team
- 2001–02 Verizon Academic All-District III selection
- 2001–02 Big East All-Academic Team
- 2000–01 Big East All-Academic Team
- 1999–00 Big East All-Academic Team
- 1998–99 Class 6A Player of the Year in Florida
- 1998–99 First-team All-State Selection
- 1998–99 First-team All-Dade County Selection
- 1998–99 Miami Herald Boy's Basketball Player of the Year
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|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Jones won an NBA Championship|
- Trail Blazers Acquire James Jones and Draft Rights to Rudy Fernandez, Waive Steve Francis
- Pacers Obtain Pick from Suns for Jones
- Suns trade James Jones to Blazers | Suns / NBA | eastvalleytribune.com
- NBA.com 3-point leaders
- Casey Holdahl. "James Jones: 'My name is too plain'". Trail Blazers Center Court Blog.
- Jason Quick. "Jones opts out of contract, becomes free agent". The Oregonian, Behind the Blazers Beat.
- "HEAT Sign James Jones". NBA.com. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- "HEAT Waive James Jones". NBA.com. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- "HEAT Re-Signs James Jones". NBA.com. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- Miami Heat: James Jones Wins The 3-Point Shootout
- "HEAT Re-Signs James Jones". NBA.com. December 9, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
- HEAT Bio: James Jones
- "Cavaliers Sign Mike Miller and James Jones". NBA.com. August 5, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
- LeBron James becomes 1st player to make 5 straight NBA Finals since Bill Russell
- "Cavalers Re-sign James Jones". NBA.com. July 25, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
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