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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Jimmy Jones' Bio

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  • A Tallulah native and star of three straight Southwestern Athletic Conference championship teams at Grambling, Jones was one of the best players in the old ABA, averaging 19.2 points, 5.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds during seven years in that league. Jones became only the second ABA player to score 2,000-plus in a single season (2,050 in 1968-69). He played three more seasons with Washington in the NBA, and his combined 10-season pro averages are 16.3 points (11,366 total), 4.6 rebounds (2,930) and 4.5 assists (3,069). Jones made the ABA All-Time Team and was a six-time ABA All-Star (1968-71, 1973-74). He was a three-time first-team All-ABA selection (1969, 1973, 1974) while playing for the New Orleans Buccaneers (1967-70), the Memphis Pros (1970-71) and the Utah Stars (1971-74). Jones led the ABA in free throw aim (.884) in 1973-74 and scored in double figures in five of his six All-Star Game. Jones made the ABA's All-Rookie Team in 1968 after being concerned he wouldn't play much behind Earl "The Pearl" Monroe and spurning an offer from the NBA's then-Baltimore Bullets, who made him the 13th overall pick in the second round of the 1967 NBA Draft. The 6-4, 188-pound guard/small forward averaged 20 points and 8 rebounds in 104 games for Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame coach Fred Hobdy at Grambling. A member of the Grambling Legends Hall of Fame, he starred at McCall High in Tallulah. Born Jan. 1, 1945 in Tallulah.
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