Dahntay Jones

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Dahntay Jones
Position: Forward / Guard
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 225
Nationality: American
Born: 12/27/1980
Birthplace: Hamilton, New Jersey
Draft: First Round
Drafted By: Boston
College: Rutgers / Duke
NBA Career: 2003-Present
Mavs Tenure: 2012-2013

Dahntay Jones (born December 27, 1980 in Hamilton, New Jersey) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks in a trade, along with Darren Collison, from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for center Ian Mahinmi.

Jones was a honorable mention McDonald's All-American coming out of Steinert High School where he graduated as the all-time leading scorer.

Opting to remain close to home, Jones began his college career at Rutgers where, as a freshman, he saw action in 32 games, averaged 10.7 points and was named to the Big East's All-Rookie team.

The following season saw his scoring average rise to 16.0 points but there were changes in store for the 6'6 swingman. Jones opted to leave Rutgers at that point and transferred to Duke.

Sitting out a season didn't seem to slow Jones' progress. He was involved in all of the team's practices and was awarded a letter for all his hard work despite the fact that he never appeared in a game.

In his junior year he averaged 11.2 points over 35 games but he broke loose his senior season when, in 33 games, Jones averaged 17.7 points, led the Blue Devils in scoring and was named to both the All-ACC First Team and the All-ACC Defensive Team.

The Boston Celtics selected Jones in the first round of the 2003 draft but a draft night trade sent he and Troy Bell to Memphis in exchange for Marcus Banks and Kendrick Perkins. He spent four seasons with the Grizzlies with his best season being his final year with the club, 2006-2007, when he averaged 7.5 points over 78 games.

Jones signed as a free agent with Boston in the summer of 2007 but was waived less than a month later. In December of '07 he caught on with the Sacramento Kings where he played in 25 games the remainder of the season averaging 3.2 points.

With Denver in 2008-2009 things came together as he appeared in 79 games and was a starter on the Nuggets' Western Conference Championship team. Nevertheless, it was another one year visit for Jones as he was again free at the end of the season, opting this time to sign with Indiana where he would have the best numbers of his career.

2009-2010 saw Jones post the best numbers of his career averaging 10.2 points, 2.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 76 games. The next season, although he was limited to only 45 games, he helped lead the Pacers to the playoffs.

His last season in Indiana was the 2011-2012 campaign after which he was traded to Dallas.

During the '12-'13 season, Jones played in 50 games for the Mavs averaging 3.5 points before being traded on February 21, 2013 to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for guard Anthony Morrow.

On February 3, 2015 the Los Angeles Clippers signed Jones for the remainder of the season.