Dontae' Antijuaine Jones (born June 2, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player, formerly of the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Dontae' Jones
Personal information
Born (1975-06-02) June 2, 1975 (age 48)
Nashville, Tennessee, U. S.
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolStratford (Nashville, Tennessee)
NBA draft1996: 1st round, 21st overall pick
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1996–2010
PositionSmall forward
Career history
1997–1998Boston Celtics
1999–2000La Crosse Bobcats
2000–2001Memphis Houn'Dawgs
2001–2002Toros de Aragua
2001–2003Pompea Napoli
2003Vaqueros de Bayamón
2003–2004Apollon Patras
2004–2007Anyang SBS Stars·KT&G Kites
2007–2008Yunnan Bulls
2008–2009Beijing Ducks
2009–2010Halcones UV Xalapa
Career highlights and awards
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Jones played college basketball at Northeast Mississippi Community College where he is the Tigers' all-time leading scorer, rebounder, and shot blocker. His #32 jersey has been retired by the school.[1] After playing two seasons for the Tigers he transferred to Mississippi State University to finish his college career.

He was named Most Valuable Player of the 1996 SEC men's basketball tournament after leading Mississippi State to their first SEC Tournament championship by virtue of a win over top-ranked University of Kentucky in the SEC tournament championship game. That same season he led Mississippi State to the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four, picking up a Regional MVP honor along the way. Jones, along with his 1995–96 Bulldog teammates, was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

He was selected out of Mississippi State University as the 21st pick by the New York Knicks in the 1996 NBA draft but was traded, along with Walter McCarty, John Thomas and Scott Brooks, to the Celtics in exchange for Chris Mills shortly before the 1997–98 NBA season began (he had previously taken part in no games in 1996–97 with the Knicks due to a foot injury).

After his NBA season, Jones played for the Memphis Houn'Dawgs in the American Basketball Association (ABA), and in Greece, Turkey, Italy, Korea and China.

An apostrophe was intentionally placed on the end of his first name by his mother for distinctiveness.[2]

As of November 2012 he has been working as the program director at the Nashville Youth Basketball Association (NYBA), which is designed to help all middle Tennessee-area and Nashville city youth in metro Nashville improve their basketball skills. He is a highly regarded youth coach. [3]

Notes Edit

  1. ^ "Times Daily – Google News Archive Search".
  2. ^ Where Are They Now? "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 29, 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), by Stefan Fatsis, Staff Reporter, The Wall Street Journal  DOC (68 KiB)
  3. ^ "Former NBA player giving back to community". January 18, 2013.

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