Phillip Charles George Jones (born 25 January 1974) is a New Zealand former professional basketball player. He played in Finland, Italy and Australia, but is best known for his 22 seasons with the Nelson Giants in the New Zealand National Basketball League (NZNBL). He also played for 14 years for the New Zealand national team.
|Born||25 January 1974|
Christchurch, New Zealand
|Listed height||196 cm (6 ft 5 in)|
|Listed weight||90 kg (198 lb)|
|2003–2004||New Zealand Breakers|
|2007–2009||New Zealand Breakers|
|2017; 2019||Nelson Giants (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
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Professional career edit
Jones debuted in the New Zealand NBL in 1993. He played six seasons for the Nelson Giants between 1993 and 1998, winning championships in 1994 and 1998. After a season in Finland with Kouvot, where he won a championship in the Korisliiga in the 1998–99 season, Jones played for the Otago Nuggets in 1999. He returned to the Giants in 2000 and played every year until 2004.
Jones returned to Kouvot in Finland for the 2000–01 season and then split the 2001–02 season with Honka Espoo and Kouvot. He played the 2002–03 season in Italy with Oregon Scientific Cantù. For the 2003–04 season, Jones joined the New Zealand Breakers for their inaugural season in the Australian National Basketball League (NBL). After one season with the Breakers, Jones spent three straight seasons in Italy with Cantù between 2004 and 2007.
After not playing in the 2005 New Zealand NBL season, Jones re-joined the Giants in 2006. He then missed the 2007 New Zealand NBL season and thus missed out on the Giants' championship.
Between 2007 and 2009, Jones played another two seasons for the Breakers and was named the NBL Best Sixth Man for the 2008–09 season. Between 2009 and 2011, he played for the Cairns Taipans and helped them reach the grand final series in the 2010–11 season.
Jones played every season for the Giants between 2008 and 2017.
Jones initially retired in 2014 and became the Giants' managing director. However, in March 2015, he came out of retirement and re-joined the Giants roster. He continued on with the Giants in 2016 as well. In 2016, he passed 7,000 points for his NZNBL career and became the first player in New Zealand NBL history to reach 400 games.
Jones retired again in 2016 and became an assistant coach for the Giants in 2017. He was also appointed the Giants' director of operations. However, in May 2017, Jones played two final games for the Giants, ending his NZNBL career with 408 games.
In May 2022, Jones was inducted into the Basketball New Zealand Hall of Fame.
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National team career edit
Personal life edit
Jones is the son of John and Carol Jones, and has a brother named Johnno. He and his wife Kat have three children. His son Hayden debuted with the Nelson Giants in 2023 as a 16-year-old.
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- Originals Return
- "Jones is NBL's best super-sub". NBL.com.au. 9 March 2009. Archived from the original on 10 March 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2022.
- Phill Jones signs with Taipans
- Southland Sharks spoil party for Giants legend
- Jones to tie record Archived 18 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine
- Giants down the Jets in Palmerston North
- Jones gets win in special occasion
- Saints outshine Giants to reach NBL final
- 'Cut me and I bleed blue', says retiring Jones
- Veteran Vukona stays glued to Giants' cause
- A humble Giant amongst sports legends talks sponsorship, retiring and community
- Much-travelled American Kareem Johnston joins Wellington Saints
- Jones Comes Out Of Retirement
- It's game on comeback kid Phill Jones
- National Basketball League shaping as three-horse race for title
- Jones achieves 7000-point milestone in stellar NBL career
- Canterbury Rams' third quarter blitz stuns Nelson Giants
- Nelson Giants legend Phill Jones' 400th NBL game ends in defeat
- Giants nab three time NBL champion
- Supercity Rangers edge Nelson Giants in NBL clash to tighten top-four claims
- Tom Ingham makes the most of rare start for Nelson Giants
- Phill Jones looks on the bright side in wake of difficult NBL season for Giants
- "HAWKS WIN SECOND STRAIGHT". nz.basketball. 6 May 2017. Archived from the original on 14 September 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
- "Player statistics for Phil Jones". NZNBL. Archived from the original on 14 September 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
- Giants legend Phill Jones' final home hurrah
- Phill Jones 'humbled' with No 13 retirement
- "BBNZ AWARDS CELEBRATES 2021 WITH 29 AWARDS RECOGNISED". nz.basketball. 7 May 2022. Archived from the original on 8 May 2022.
- Nelson Giants coach Tim Fanning wants legend Phill Jones back for another season
- Nelson Sparks fall short of top six finish at Women's Basketball Championship
- "Giants vs Mountainairs". FIBALiveStats.com. 13 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
- Basketball: Phil Jones retires from international basketball
- More parents want three
- Hinton, Marc (8 April 2023). "Father and son: Kiwi hoops legend Phill Jones passes the NBL torch to next generation". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 9 April 2023.