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James Jones

James Andrew Jones (born October 4, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the NBA. He currently serves as the secretary-treasurer of the National Basketball Players Association. He plays as a small forward and shooting guard.


Biography

The 6'8" (203 cm), 215 lb (98 kg) small forward who attended American Senior High in Miami was picked 49th by the Indiana Pacers in the 2003 NBA Draft out of the University of Miami. After playing in only 26 total minutes over six games during his rookie campaign, he played almost a full season during 2004–05, averaging 4.9 points per game while also ranking 25th in the NBA in three-point conversion percentage (39.8%).

Jones was traded by the Pacers to the Phoenix Suns on August 25, 2005, in exchange for a 2008 second-round draft pick.

In June 2007, Jones was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers along with the draft rights to Rudy Fernandez, the 24th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, in exchange for cash considerations.

During the 2007 season, Jones stayed near the top of the rankings in three-point shooting percentage, finishing third in the league, with a shooting percentage of 44.4%. Despite his good shooting for the year, Jones was not selected to participate in the Three-point Shootout contest during the 2008 NBA All-Star Game, much to the chagrin of Trail Blazers fans.

On June 26, 2008, Jones used his player option to opt out of his contract with the Trail Blazers, making him a free agent for the off-season.On July 9, 2008, Jones signed a contract with the Miami Heat. He earned $4 million in his first year of a potential five-year contract, worth up to $23.2 million. The first two years were guaranteed, while the final three were options held by both the Miami Heat and Jones.

On June 29, 2010, he was released to clear salary cap space worth $400,000. On July 19, 2010, Jones was re-signed by the Miami Heat for the league minimum.

On February 19, 2011, Jones won the Three-Point Shootout in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.

On December 9, 2011, Jones was re-signed by the Miami Heat for $4.5 million over 3 years.

In the following year, an impressive playoff run by the Heat culminated in Jones' first NBA championship, and the franchise's second. He won his second championship on June 20, 2013, when the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs.

Awards

  • 2012–13 NBA Champion
  • 2011–12 NBA Champion
  • 2010–11 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest Champion
  • 2002–03 Honorable Mention All-Big East Conference Team
  • 2002–03 Verizon Academic All-American
  • 2002–03 Big East All-Academic Team
  • 2001–02 All-Big East Conference Third Team
  • 2001–02 Verizon Academic All-District III selection
  • 2001–02 Big East All-Academic Team
  • 2000–01 Big East All-Academic Team
  • 1999–00 Big East All-Academic Team
  • 1998–99 Class 6A Player of the Year in Florida
  • 1998–99 First-team All-State Selection
  • 1998–99 First-team All-Dade County Selection
  • 1998–99 Miami Herald Boy's Basketball Player of the Year

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