Jumaine Jones : biography
Jumaine Lanard Jones (born February 10, 1979) is an American professional basketball forward. An NBA player from 1999 to 2007 drafted from the University of Georgia, he has played in the small forward and power forward positions.
Known as the "Thrilla From Camilla", he played competitive high school basketball in the tiny town of Camilla, Georgia. He spent two years at the University of Georgia, becoming the first sophomore to lead the SEC in scoring since Vern Fleming in 1984. Additionally, he was the first sophomore in school history to score 1,000 points since Dominique Wilkins did so in 1981. That year, he was also selected to represent the U.S. at the 1998 Goodwill Games.
Declaring himself eligible for the 1999 NBA Draft, he was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 27th overall pick, but he was immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, where he spent two years. On December 30, 1999, against the Portland Trail Blazers, Jones became a part of NBA history when he scored the final basket of the 1990s. As the 76ers became the 2001 Eastern Conference champions, Jones played throughout the postseason including the final three games of the 2001 NBA Finals, in which the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the 76ers in five games. In Game 3, Jones scored 3 points, grabbed 1 rebounds, and committed a turnover. Jones made 3 rebounds in each of the final two games and in Game 4 one assist and one steal.http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/jonesju01/gamelog/2001/
He then played two years with the Cleveland Cavaliers, before being traded to the Boston Celtics. In Boston, he suffered an injury early into the season and limited his appearances. In 2004, he was sent to the Los Angeles Lakers, but only when the deal was renegotiated after Gary Payton initially refused to report to the Celtics. On October 26, 2005, Jones was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for a future second-round draft pick. On August 31, 2006, he signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Suns. Jones was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New Jersey Nets on October 1, 2007, but he was waived later that month.
He signed a one-year contract with Basket Napoli on October 24, 2007. With Napoli, Jones averaged 17.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. On July 21, 2008, Jones signed a contract with Ural Great Perm of the Russian Basketball Super League. With Ural, Jones averaged 7.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists.http://www.fibaeurope.com/cid_KNce8jInH7Qj1EsyH5rjn2.teamID_5320.compID_BYg5Rb55Jw-G5I3MZ6JB01.season_2009.roundID_6496.playerID_65869.html
In July 2009, he signed a contract with Juvecaserta Basket. In July 2011, he signed with Victoria Libertas Pesaro. In 2012, he joined Bnei HaSharon of Israel. In 2013 he signed with the Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rico.