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Jumaine Lanard Jones (born February 10, 1979) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Fuerza Guinda de Nogales of the CIBACOPA. An NBA player from 1999 to 2007 drafted from the University of Georgia, he plays the small forward and power forward positions.

Jumaine Jones
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Free agent
PositionSmall forward
Personal information
Born (1979-02-10) February 10, 1979 (age 40)
Cocoa, Florida
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolMitchell-Baker (Camilla, Georgia)
CollegeGeorgia (1997–1999)
NBA draft1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1999–present
Career history
19992001Philadelphia 76ers
20012003Cleveland Cavaliers
2003–2004Boston Celtics
2004–2005Los Angeles Lakers
2005–2006Charlotte Bobcats
2006–2007Phoenix Suns
2007–2008Basket Napoli
2008Sagesse Club Beirut
2008–2009PBC Ural Great Perm
2009Mets de Guaynabo
2009–2011Juvecaserta Basket
2011–2012Victoria Libertas Pesaro
2012–2013Bnei Herzliya
2013Mets de Guaynabo
2013–2014Levski Sofia
2014–2015Titánicos de León
2015–2016Fuerza Guinda de Nogales
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (1999)
  • Third-team All-SEC (1998)
  • SEC Co-Freshman of the Year (1998)
  • Second-team Parade All-American (1997)

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Amateur careerEdit

Known as the "Thrilla From Camilla",[1] Jones is originally from Coco, FL, he moved to South Georgia as a freshman, where he played competitive high school basketball in the tiny town of Camilla, Georgia. There he honed his skills and as a senior became a 1997 2nd Team Parade All-American, averaging 32.8ppg 13.5rbs 3.7ast & 2.6blks per game. He spent two standout seasons at the University of Georgia. As a freshman Jones shared the Freshman of the Year award with University of Tennessee guard Tony Harris in 1997-98 season, leading the team in scoring and rebounding averaging 14.7ppg 8.5rbs & 1.0ast. Building on a good freshman campaign, Jones became the first UGA sophomore to lead the SEC in scoring since Vern Fleming in 1984, averaging 18.8ppg 9.5rbs & 1.2stls. Additionally, in 1998-99 season, he was the first sophomore in school history to score 1,000 points since Dominique Wilkins did so in 1981. That year, he was also selected to represent the U.S. at the 1998 Goodwill Games. On the 1998 Goodwill Games Team, Jones started all 5 games alongside future 1999 NBA overall 1st pick Elton Brand as wells as overall 6th pick Wally Szczerbiak and 8th Andre Miller.

Professional careerEdit

NBAEdit

Declaring himself eligible for the 1999 NBA draft, he was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 27th overall pick, but he was immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, where he spent two years. On December 30, 1999, against the Portland Trail Blazers, Jones became a part of NBA history when he scored the final basket of the 1990s which makes him a part of the NBA Hall of Fame. As the 76ers became the 2001 Eastern Conference champions, Jones started throughout the postseason after current starter George Lynch went down with an injury, including the 2001 NBA Finals, in which the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the 76ers in five games. Jones best game of the 2001 NBA playoff run came in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semis against the Vince Carter-led Toronto Raptors. Jones played 31 minutes going 6-9 from the field and tallying 16 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist.

He then played two years with the Cleveland Cavaliers, before being traded to the Boston Celtics.[2] In Boston, he suffered an injury early into the season and limited his appearances. In 2004, he was sent to the Los Angeles Lakers, but only when the deal was renegotiated after Gary Payton initially refused to report to the Celtics. On October 26, 2005, Jones was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for a future second-round draft pick.[3] On August 31, 2006, he signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Suns.[4] Jones was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New Jersey Nets on October 1, 2007, but he was waived later that month.

InternationalEdit

He signed a one-year contract with Basket Napoli on October 24, 2007.[5] With Napoli, Jones averaged 17.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. On July 21, 2008, Jones signed a contract with PBC Ural Great Perm of the Russian Basketball Super League.[6] With Ural, Jones averaged 7.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists.[7]

In July 2009, he signed a contract with Juvecaserta Basket.[8] In July 2011, he signed with Victoria Libertas Pesaro.[9] In 2012, he joined Bnei Herzliya of Israel.[10] In 2013, he signed with the Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rico.[11]

He also had a small stint with Lebanese Basketball League powerhouse Sagesse Club Beirut.[12]

In September 2013, he signed a one-year deal with Levski Sofia.[13]

On December 3, 2014 he signed with Mexican team Titánicos de León.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

Domestic leaguesEdit

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Eldo Basket Napoli Lega A 26 35.9 .486 .435 .744 8.5 1.1 2.0 .7 17.9
2008–09 Sagesse Beirut FLB League no stats available
PBC Ural Great Perm SuperLeague A 15 27.9 .456 .316 .667 5.3 1.5 1.2 .1 7.6
2009 Mets de Guaynabo BSN 8 32.1 .492 .265 .808 9.3 3.0 1.1 .1 14.0
2009–10 Pepsi Caserta Lega A 38 33.1 .488 .417 .736 8.4 1.2 2.1 .7 13.4
2010–11 30 34.4 .549 .312 .796 8.6 1.5 2.2 .7 13.6
2011–12 Scavolini Pesaro 41 32.2 .476 .361 .820 7.0 1.6 1.3 .4 11.6
2012–13 Bnei Herzliya Ligat HaAl 27 34.6 .444 .312 .787 10.0 3.3 1.9 .4 12.9
2013 Mets de Guaynabo BSN 7 13.4 .636 .286 1.000 4.4 .6 .1 .3 3.4
2013–14 BC Levski Sofia Bulgaria NBL 35 28.7 .660 .391 .771 9.6 2.1 .7 .4 12.9
Balkan League 19 31.7 .566 .397 .778 9.6 2.7 .9 .6 12.0
2014–15 Titánicos de León Mexico LNPB 22 33.4 .604 .224 .783 12.8 3.1 .5 .3 12.9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Toronto finds out how Sixers' Jones got his nickname.
  2. ^ Celtics Acquire Jumaine Jones From Cavaliers.
  3. ^ Bobcats Acquire Jumaine Jones. Archived January 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Suns Sign Versatile Jumaine Jones.
  5. ^ basketnapoli.com - ELDO SS Basket Napoli - sito ufficiale.
  6. ^ Jumaine Jones signed with Ural Great
  7. ^ http://www.fibaeurope.com/cid_KNce8jInH7Qj1EsyH5rjn2.teamID_5320.compID_BYg5Rb55Jw-G5I3MZ6JB01.season_2009.roundID_6496.playerID_65869.html
  8. ^ Basket: Jumaine Jones a Caserta
  9. ^ Jumaine Jones confirms his signing with Pesaro
  10. ^ Players pages Archived February 17, 2013, at Archive.today
  11. ^ Mets sign Jumaine Jones
  12. ^ Former Catamount Joey Accaoui Signs with Club Sagesse
  13. ^ "Jumaine Jones moves to Levski Sofia". Sportando.net. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  14. ^ Jumaine Jones puts his retirement off, signs in Mexico

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