Dominique Jones (born October 15, 1988 in Lake Wales, Florida) was obtained by the Mavericks in a draft-day trade with the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for cash considerations.
A Florida 4-A All-State selection out of Lake Wales High School, Jones opted to stay in-state and play his college basketball at the University of South Florida. As a freshman, he started every game averaging 17.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists while being named All-Big East Honorable Mention and to the Big East's All-Rookie team.
His sophomore year, Jones saw all of his numbers rise as he averaged 18.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists named All-Big East Honorable Mention for the second consecutive year. Jones' junior year would prove to be a breakout season. He began the year being named to the preseason All-Big East team. He then proceeded to lead the conference in scoring with a 21.4 ppg average and was named, at season's end, to the All-Big East First team. He achieved his season high against Providence scoring 46 points in a 109-105 USF victory.
Jones declared himself an early candidate for the 2010 NBA draft and was selected in the first round (25th overall) by the Memphis Grizzlies. Known for his ability to slash and take the ball to the basket, the Dallas Mavericks were eyeing the 6'5 guard and arranged a trade with the Grizzlies shortly after he had been selected.
Immediately after the draft-night trade Coach Rick Carlisle said, "Dominique is a guy that we had rated as a top three 2-guard. We feel he's a guy that can help us out next year. We like his game. He's a very resourceful scorer and gets to the free throw line a lot. He has what we call a pro-ability to get his shot."
Shortly after the draft, Jones joined the Mavs' Las Vegas Summer League team and was named one of the league's top rookies by nbadraft.net. For the summer, he averaged 16.6 ppg, second only to the number one overall draft pick - Washington's John Wall.
He began the 2010-2011 season with the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League. Called up by the Mavs after the season-ending injury to Caron Butler, Jones played in 18 games averaging 2.3 points before a foot injury of his own sidelined him for most of the final two months.
The next year, Jones saw action in 33 games averaging 2.7 ppg. His numbers rose slightly in 2012-2013 as he posted a 4.0 ppg average in 29 games. On Mrch 9, however, he was released by Dallas and signed on for the remainder of the year with Springfield of the D-League.