Sam Jones (basketball)


Sam Jones (basketball)

Infobox NBAretired



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position=Point guard
number=24
birthdate=birth date and age|mf=yes|1933|6|24
Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
debutyear=1957
finalyear=1969
draftyear=1957
draftround=1
draftpick=8
college=North Carolina Central
teams=
* Boston Celtics (1957-69)
stat1label=Points
stat1value=15,411
stat2label=Rebounds
stat2value=4,305
stat3label=Assists
stat3value=2,209
highlights=
* 10x NBA Champion (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969)
* 3x All-NBA Second Team Selection (1965, 1966, 1967)
* 5x NBA All-Star (1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968)
* 50 Greatest Players in NBA History
HOF=1984

Samuel Jones (born June 24, 1933, in Wilmington, North Carolina) is a retired American professional basketball player at point guard and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was known for his quickness and game-saving shots, especially during the NBA Playoffs, that inspired his famous nickname "Mr. Clutch".

Jones graduated from North Carolina Central University after a spectacular career there. He scored 1,770 points playing for Hall of Fame coach John McLendon. He was a 4-year letter winner and was a 3-time All-Conference team.

NBA career

Jones spent all of his twelve seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics who drafted him in the first round in 1957. Jones was known as a clutch scorer, and scored over 15,000 points in his career. He participated in five All-Star Games, and is usually recognized as one of the best point guards of his generation.

Jones was named to the All-NBA Second Team three straight years (1965–67) and he played on ten championship teams (1959-66 and 1968-69) — a total exceeded only by teammate Bill Russell in NBA history. He was 6-foot-4 (1.93 m) and weighed 200 lb (97 kg).

Jones was originally claimed by the Minneapolis Lakers, but returned to college upon completion of military service, and therefore voided NBA rules.

Jones’ perfect form when shooting a jump shot, along with his great clutch shooting led opponents to nickname him "The Shooter". At 6-foot-4, Jones was the prototype of the tall guard who could run the floor, bang the boards and had a rangy offensive game that gave opponents fits. One of the "Jones Boys" in Boston, Sam teamed with K.C. Jones in the Celtics' backcourt to create havoc in NBA arenas around the country.

He led Boston in scoring in the 1962-63 NBA season (19.7 points per game), 1964-65 NBA season (25.9) and 1965-66 NBA season (23.5). He produced four consecutive seasons averaging 20 points or better (1965–68). He owns Boston's fourth best single-game scoring output (51 points vs. Detroit Pistons on October 29, 1965).cite web | title=Celtics History: Individual Scoring Highs | url=http://www.nba.com/celtics/history/Stats_IndScoringHighs.html| accessdate=2007-10-07] He scored 2,909 points in 154 playoff games (18.9 ppg), 15th best in history.

Honors

He was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984. In 1970 he was named to the NBA 25th Anniversary Team, and in 1996, he was named as One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

References

External links

* [http://www.hoophall.com/halloffamers/bhof-sam-jones.html Sam Jones - Hoophall Biography]
* [http://hoopedia.nba.com/index.php/Sam_Jones Hoopedia bio]


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