Eddie Jones (basketball)

Infobox NBA Player
name = Eddie Jones


position = Shooting guard
nickname = "EJ"
height_ft = 6
height_in = 6
weight_lb = 200
league = NBA
team = Indiana Pacers
number =
nationality = USA
birth_date = birth date and age|1971|10|20
birth_place = Pompano Beach, Florida
highschool = Blanche Ely High School
college = Temple
draft = 10th overall
draft_year = 1994
draft_team = Los Angeles Lakers
career_start = 1994
former_teams = Los Angeles Lakers (1994-1999)
Charlotte Hornets (1999-2000)
Miami Heat (2000-2005)
Memphis Grizzlies (2005-2007)
Miami Heat (2007)
Dallas Mavericks (2007-2008)
awards = 3-time All-Star
2-time All-NBA Defensive Second Team
1994-1995 Rookie Challenge MVP
profile = eddie_jones

Eddie Charles Jones (born October 20 1971 in Pompano Beach, Florida) is an American professional basketball player for the NBA's Indiana Pacers. Jones played college basketball at Temple University alongside guard and future NBA player Aaron McKie. He was the 1993-94 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and was selected 10th overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

NBA Career

Los Angeles Lakers

In his rookie season for the Los Angeles Lakers, he averaged 14.0 points per game and 2.05 steals pg, and played in 64 games, 58 of which he started. He also led the NBA in steal/turnover ratio (1.75pg), placed 4th in the NBA Rookie of the Year ballot, and was on the 1994-95 NBA All-Rookie First Team. In the 94-95 All-Star weekend Rookie Challenge he won the MVP, posting a game-high 25 points, 6 steals, and 4 rebounds. Jones would become an integral part of the Lakers squad, along with Nick Van Exel and Cedric Ceballos.

After his second season, Jones switched from number 25 to 6, as the Lakers had retired 25 for Gail Goodrich. He selected 6 as growing up he was a fan of Julius Erving. Eddie spent his first five seasons with the Lakers, two of including a trip to the NBA All-Star Game, in 1996-97 & 1997-98. Known for his pesky defense, Jones was named to the 1997-98 and 1998-99 NBA All-Defensive Second Team, in a competitive late 90s field.

Charlotte Hornets

However, he and Elden Campbell were traded to the Charlotte Hornets for Glen Rice, J.R. Reid & B.J. Armstrong on March 10, 1999. This was intended to free up more playing time for a rapidly improving Kobe Bryant.Fact|date=September 2008 Jones was a mentor for Bryant during his time with the Lakers, as both had ties to the Philadelphia area, with Jones having attended Temple University and Bryant having attended Lower Merion High School near Philadelphia. Jones was missed by Laker fans following the trade, and the chants of "EDDIE, EDDIE!" were unmistakable during home games in seasons afterwards.

Eddie's following campaign with the Hornets, 1999-2000 was his finest statistically, when he averaged 20.1 points, 2.7 steals (1st that season), 4.2 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game. Jones was also voted to start at guard for the East All-Stars, took the Hornets to the Playoffs, and was 3rd Team All-NBA. Jones became a free agent after the season, and talked with the Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic, but wanted to play for his hometown of Miami.

Miami Heat (Grizzlies and Return)

After resigning with the Hornets, he was traded with Anthony Mason to the Miami Heat for Jamal Mashburn and PJ Brown. He played consistently at both ends of the floor, and led the Heat to the 2001 playoffs following the absence of Alonzo Mourning. He averaged 18.5 points per game in the 2002-2003 season, his best with Miami. Over 2003-04, Eddie continued to generate his usual output, but his role altered as players like Caron Butler and Lamar Odom also starred for the Heat. As Dwyane Wade blossomed in 2004-05, EJ6 saw his scoring output dip to 12.7 points per game. After five seasons, Jones was dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies for James Posey and Jason Williams on August 2, 2005 in a record five-team, thirteen-player trade. On January 30, 2007, Jones was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies. [ [http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/grizzlies/article/0,1426,MCA_475_5315827,00.html Commercial Appeal : Memphis News, Business, Homes, Jobs, Cars, & Information ] ] On February 1, 2007, Jones signed a minimum contract for his second stint with the Miami Heat, playing increasing minutes after Dwyane Wade's shoulder injury. [ [http://cbs.sportsline.com/nba/story/9968936/rss Memphis Grizzlies, Dwyane Wade, Eddie Jones, Robert Hite, National Basketball Association, Miami Heat - CBSSports.com ] ]

Dallas Mavericks

After the 2006-07 season ended, Eddie Jones became an unrestricted free agent. On August 3, 2007 Jones agreed to a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks. According to the Dallas Morning News, the 35-year-old Jones is expected to take a physical in Dallas on August 6, 2007 and then officially sign with the team. The paper also reported that Jones will make $1.83 million in the first year of the deal. [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2960733 ESPN - Mavs agree to 2-year deal with veteran SG Jones - NBA] Retrieved 4 August 2007.] This was confirmed on August 6, 2007, as the Mavericks signed Jones, but did not disclose terms of the deal.

Indiana Pacers

On October 10, 2008, it was announced that Eddie Jones was traded to the Indiana Pacers. [ [http://my.nba.com/thread.jspa?threadID=5800011696] ]

Outside of basketball

*Eddie Jones appeared in the black sitcom In the House.

*Eddie Jones appeared in a comical Taco Bell commercial that features several people who were related to the Lakers organization at the time. The commercial focuses on Shaquille O'Neal suffering from Taco Neck Syndrome.

*Eddie Jones, along with Michael Finley, appeared in a commercial for the Air Jordan XVI.

*Eddie Jones was the cover athlete for the 989 Sports basketball game NBA ShootOut '97.

*Off the court, Eddie Jones was one of the original players chosen to endorse Air Jordan, a sub-division of Nike, and wears the "Jordan XI".

*Eddie Jones currently ranks 5th all-time in career three-point field goals made, with 1,546. He is also 21rd all-time in career steals, with 1,620

NBA career statistics

Regular season

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align="left" | 1994–95
align="left" | Los Angeles
64 || 58 || 31.0 || .460 || .370 || .722 || 3.9 || 2.0 || 2.0 || .6 || 14.0
-
align="left" | 1995–96
align="left" | Los Angeles
70 || 66 || 31.2 || .492 || .366 || .739 || 3.3 || 3.5 || 1.8 || .6 || 12.8
-
align="left" | 1996–97
align="left" | Los Angeles
80 || 80 || 37.5 || .438 || .391 || .819 || 4.1 || 3.4 || 2.4 || .6 || 17.2
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align="left" | 1997–98
align="left" | Los Angeles
80 || 80 || 36.4 || .484 || .389 || .765 || 3.8 || 3.1 || 2.0 || .7 || 16.9
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align="left" | 1998–99
align="left" | Los Angeles
20 || 20 || 36.2 || .423 || .313 || .738 || 3.8 || 3.1 || 1.8 || 1.2 || 13.6
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align="left" | 1998–99
align="left" | Charlotte
30 || 30 || 38.6 || .446 || .359 || .801 || 3.9 || 4.2 || 3.0 || 1.1 || 17.0
-
align="left" | 1999–00
align="left" | Charlotte
72 || 72 || 39.0 || .427 || .375 || .864 || 4.8 || 4.2 || 2.7 || .7 || 20.1
-
align="left" | 2000–01
align="left" | Miami
63 || 58 || 36.2 || .445 || .378 || .844 || 4.6 || 2.7 || 1.8 || .9 || 17.4
-
align="left" | 2001–02
align="left" | Miami
81 || 81 || 39.0 || .432 || .390 || .837 || 4.7 || 3.2 || 1.4 || .9 || 18.3
-
align="left" | 2002–03
align="left" | Miami
47 || 47 || 38.1 || .423 || .407 || .822 || 4.8 || 3.7 || 1.4 || .7 || 18.5
-
align="left" | 2003–04
align="left" | Miami
81 || 81 || 37.0 || .409 || .370 || .835 || 3.8 || 3.2 || 1.1 || .4 || 17.3
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align="left" | 2004–05
align="left" | Miami
80 || 80 || 35.5 || .428 || .372 || .806 || 5.1 || 2.7 || 1.1 || .5 || 12.7
-
align="left" | 2005–06
align="left" | Memphis
75 || 75 || 32.5 || .404 || .356 || .781 || 3.7 || 2.4 || 1.8 || .4 || 11.8
-
align="left" | 2006–07
align="left" | Memphis
29 || 14 || 19.3 || .377 || .297 || .735 || 2.1 || 1.1 || .8 || .1 || 5.6
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align="left" | 2006–07
align="left" | Miami
35 || 27 || 29.5 || .446 || .378 || .829 || 3.7 || 2.2 || 1.3 || .2 || 9.5
-
align="left" | 2007–08
align="left" | Dallas
47 || 33 || 19.6 || .367 || .293 || .714 || 2.8 || 1.5 || .6 || .2 || 3.7
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align="left" | Career
align="left" |
954 || 902 || 34.4 || .437 || .373 || .809 || 4.0 || 2.9 || 1.7 || .6 || 14.8
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align="left" | All-Star
align="left" |
3 || 1 || 21.0 || .467 || .182 || .556 || 5.3 || 1.7 || 1.3 || .7 || 11.7
###@@@KEYEND@@@###

Playoffs

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align="left" | 1994–95
align="left" | Los Angeles
10 || 0 || 28.6 || .375 || .444 || .714 || 3.2 || 2.0 || .8 || .9 || 8.7
-
align="left" | 1995–96
align="left" | Los Angeles
4 || 4 || 38.8 || .551 || .526 || .625 || 5.3 || 1.5 || 2.0 || .2 || 17.3
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align="left" | 1996–97
align="left" | Los Angeles
9 || 9 || 31.4 || .458 || .375 || .743 || 3.4 || 3.2 || 1.0 || .4 || 11.2
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align="left" | 1997–98
align="left" | Los Angeles
13 || 13 || 36.6 || .466 || .417 || .829 || 3.9 || 2.5 || 2.0 || 1.6 || 17.0
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align="left" | 1999–00
align="left" | Charlotte
4 || 4 || 42.8 || .379 || .346 || .938 || 5.0 || 4.8 || 2.5 || .8 || 17.0
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align="left" | 2000–01
align="left" | Miami
3 || 3 || 36.0 || .500 || .438 || .857 || 6.0 || 2.3 || 1.0 || .3 || 19.0
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align="left" | 2003–04
align="left" | Miami
13 || 13 || 36.8 || .366 || .299 || .800 || 3.6 || 2.2 || 1.4 || .9 || 13.2
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align="left" | 2004–05
align="left" | Miami
15 || 15 || 40.1 || .455 || .400 || .738 || 5.8 || 2.6 || 1.2 || .6 || 13.7
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align="left" | 2005–06
align="left" | Memphis
4 || 3 || 29.8 || .483 || .429 || .667 || 2.8 || 2.5 || .8 || .2 || 10.3
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align="left" | 2006–07
align="left" | Miami
3 || 2 || 22.0 || .222 || .167 || .833 || 2.0 || 1.7 || .3 || .3 || 3.3
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align="left" | 2007–08
align="left" | Dallas
3 || 0 || 7.3 || .333 || .250 || 1.000 || 1.0 || .3 || .3 || .0 || 2.0
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align="left" | Career
align="left" |
81 || 66 || 34.1 || .433 || .383 || .783 || 4.0 || 2.4 || 1.3 || .8 || 12.8
###@@@KEYEND@@@###

Notes

External links

* [http://www.nba.com/playerfile/eddie_jones/index.html?nav=page NBA.com profile]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWx4y9v7urM&NR=1?nav=page YouTube clip of Dunks in Jones's Rookie Season]
* [http://www.tv.com/in-the-house/maxwell-said-knock-you-out/episode/31901/summary.html?tag=ep_list;ep_title;4=Episode Summary from "Maxwell Said Knock You Out]
* [http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2802u_brand-jordan-air-jordan-xvi-comm-mu_ads=Air Jordan XVI commercial]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6c7jNIFuAE =Taco Bell commercial]


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