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February 14, 1942 |
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|NBA draft||1964 / Round: 3 / Pick: 18th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|Number||24, 23, 12, 11, 9|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career ABA and NBA statistics|
|Points||6,672 (9.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,471 (2.2 rpg)|
|Assists||2,099 (3.1 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Born in Philadelphia, Jones played at Overbrook High School, the same school that had produced Wilt Chamberlain a few years earlier. He played college ball for coach Jack Kraft at Villanova University.
In his first NBA season, Jones played for the Baltimore Bullets and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. The next season, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers where he would play for the next six years.
Jones and Hal Greer were the starting guards on the 1966–67 76ers team that also featured Chamberlain, Chet Walker, Lucious Jackson and Billy Cunningham. That team went 68-13 during the regular season, then easily won three playoff series in dethroning the eight-time defending NBA champion Boston Celtics. Jones made the 76ers' starting lineup after Larry Costello tore his Achilles tendon on January 6, 1967.
- 40 Nuggets for 40-Team NIT, by Mike Douchant, College Sporting News, published March 11, 2002
- Wali Jones NBA statistics, basketballreference.com