|College:||University of Houston|
Damon Jones (born August 25, 1976 in Galveston, Texas) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on December 2, 1999.
Jones played college ball for the University of Houston. He left as the school's all-time leader in 3-point field goals and declared himself eligible for the NBA draft after his junior year.
Undrafted in the 1997 draft, he played his first professional season with the Black Hills Posse of the IBL, where he was won "Sixth Man of the Year" honors. He spent most of the next season with the CBA's Idaho Stampede where he was voted to the All-Star team, won Newcomer-of-the-Year and made first team All-CBA.
Jones did get his first taste of NBA life that year when he had short stints with both New Jersey (11 games) and Boston (13 games). He began the 1999-2000 campaign with Golden State, seeing action in 13 games and averaging 5.2 points.
The Mavs signed the 6'3 guard in December of 1999 and as a Maverick, Jones appeared in 42 games averaging 3.9 ppg.
The following seasons took him on a virtual magical, mystery tour of the NBA as he had stops in Vancouver, Detroit, Sacramento and Milwaukee. His breakout season came in 2004-2005 when he appeared in all 82 games for the Miami Heat posting career-highs in minutes (31.4) and points (11.7). He rewrote his own record book that year setting career-highs in starts, minutes played, FGM, FGA, FG%, 3FGM, 3FGA, 3FG%, FTM, FTA, rebounds, steals, blocks and points. On February 16, 2005 he posted his career-high for points in a single game with 31 against the Los Angeles Clippers. That season put Jones on the map and the Cleveland Cavaliers responded by signing him to a 4-year, $16 million contract.
He played three seasons with the Cavs but never equaled the numbers he had put up in Miami. Those years in Cleveland were to be the only time in Jones' career where he would stay with any one team more than a single season. The Cavs included him in a three-team, six-player deal after the 2007-2008 season that sent him to Milwaukee. The Bucks had no roster spot for Jones as the next season began and gave him permission to seek another team. With no luck, he joined Milwaukee well into the season but appeared in only 18 games and averaged 1.8 ppg.
Jones signed with Napoli in Italy's top division on October 15, 2009 grabbing a firm offer instead of joining a long list of free agent guards looking for an NBA job.
On a trivial note, on October 10, 2006, Jones became the first NBA player to sign a contract with a Chinese shoe company, inking a two-year deal with Li-Ning.