|Birthplace:||Pompano Beach, FL|
|Drafted By:||Los Angeles Lakers|
|NBA Career:||1994 - 2008|
|Mavs Tenure:||2007 - 2008|
Eddie Jones (born October 20, 1971 in Pompano Beach, Florida) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on August 3, 2007.
Jones, who was ineligible his freshman year at Temple University, made an immediate impact by averaging 11.4 points his sophomore season. He raised that average in 1992-1993 to 17.0 and helped lead the Owls to a spot in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
It was in his senior season, however, that it all came together for Jones as he posted a 19.2 ppg average and was named the Atlantic-10 Conference Player-of-the-Year. Jones left Temple 8th all-time in steals, 9th all-time in blocks and 19th all-time in points scored. He was honored by the school on February 29, 2011 when they inducted him into the Temple Athletics Hall of Fame.
Drafted in the first round of the 1994 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, Jones appeared in 64 games his rookie season averaging 14.0 points and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He was also selected the Most Valuable Player of the Rookie Challenge over the All-Star Weekend. Over the next few seasons, Jones became a steady presence for the Lakers and was selected to the NBA's All-Defense Second Team in 1997-1998.
The next season Jones was traded on March 10, 1999, along with Elden Campbell to Charlotte for Glen Rice, J.R. Reid and B.J. Armstrong. In 30 games with the Hornets, he averaged 17.0 points and was again named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team. Jones remained with Charlotte in the 1999-2000 season and posted a career-best 20.1 ppg average over 72 games and was selected Third Team All-NBA.
During the summer of 2000, Jones was again on the move this time with Anthony Mason to the Miami Heat for Jamal Mashburn and P.J. Brown. He spent five seasons with the Heat with his best season coming in 2002-2003 when he averaged 18.5 points. It was two years later, during the 2004-2005 campaign, that the 6'6 guard begin to see his scoring average dip due mainly to the emergence of Dwayne Wade in Miami.
Following that '04-'05 season, the Heat send Jones to the Memphis Grizzlies for James Posey and Jason Williams as part of a 5-team/13-player deal. He spent a year and a half with Memphis before being waived on January 30, 2007. Just two days later, his old team the Heat signed him and he finished the year in Miami averaging 9.5 points over 35 contests.
Jones signed a free agent contract with Dallas on August 3, 2007, playing the final season of his career with the Mavericks averaging 3.7 points over 47 games. The Mavs traded him, along with two second round draft picks, to Indiana just prior to the start of the 2008-2009 season but he was released by the Pacers.
Over the course of his 14-year career, Jones was a three-time all-star and helped lead his team to the playoffs in 11 of those 14 seasons averaging 12.8 points in 81 games.