Eddie Jones (basketball)

Eddie Charles Jones ( born October 26, 1971 in Pompano Beach, Florida ) is a former American professional basketball player who was active in the NBA 1994-2008.


After the visit of the College at Temple University, he was selected in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers 10th place. Already early age, Jones attracted attention when he was awarded the Rookie Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend for the Most Valuable Player of the game. Jones scored 25 points, got 4 rebounds and 6 steals. His rookie season graduated from Jones with 14.0 points and 2.05 steals per game. He led the NBA in to steal / turnover rating with 1.75. He landed in awarding the NBA Rookie of the Year Award to fourth place behind the two winners Grant Hill and Jason Kidd as well as the runner-up Glenn Robinson. He was also appointed to the NBA All- Rookie First Team.

Jones developed at the Lakers one of the best shooting guards in the league. In 1997 and 1998 he was appointed to the NBA All -Star Game. On the side of Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Nick Van Exel and the Lakers were once again become a serious title contender. With Kobe Bryant Jones developed a close friendship. He knew Bryant since his college days at Temple, which stood near Bryant's home Philadelphia. So he promoted and supported Bryant's career. Overall, Jones played four and a half years for the Lakers. During its heyday 97/98 Jones scored about 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2 steals per game.

During the 1999-2000 season Jones was sold to the Charlotte Hornets. In return, joined, among others, Glen Rice on the Lakers. The Hornets Jones has matured to the franchise player. During the 1999-2000 season Jones was appointed again in the All -Star Game, he also was elected to the NBA All- Third Team, as well as for the third consecutive time in the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. The season closed from Jones with 20.1 points per game. After the season, his contract expired and Jones moved in the form of a sign- and- trade deal to his hometown club the Miami Heat. In return, among other things, Jamal Mashburn went to the Hornets.

The first years were on the side of Alonzo Mourning, statistically, good for Jones. With 18 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists, he was one of the lead players in the Heat. The mannschaftliche success did not materialize. The Heat decided to build in the future young star Dwyane Wade. So Jones was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2005. After a season Jones lost his place in the starting lineup, so that he returned to the Heat in 2007. Due to an injury to Wade, he played the remaining games on the grid. His last year spent Jones at the Dallas Mavericks before the Mavericks charges him in the middle of the season to the Indiana Pacers. Indiana released him a few days later, after Jones announced his retirement from professional sports.