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Dwayne Jones
Center
Born June 9, 1983 (1983-06-09) (age 26)
Morgantown, West Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 251 lb (114 kg)
High school American Christian School
College Saint Joseph's
Draft Undrafted
Pro career 2005–present
Former teams Florida Flame (2005–2006)
Boston Celtics (2006)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2006–2008)
Efes Pilsen S.K. (2008)
Iowa Energy (2009)
Idaho Stampede (2009)
Austin Toros (2009)
Red Star Belgrade (2009)

Dwayne Jones (born June 9, 1983, in Morgantown, West Virginia) is an American professional basketball player.

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College career

Along with senior Jameer Nelson and juniors Delonte West and Pat Carroll, Jones was an integral part of the undefeated St Joseph's team during the 2004 regular season. The Hawks earned a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight. They were within seconds of the Final Four, before Oklahoma State Cowboys' John Lucas hit a 3-pointer. Saint Joseph's finished with a 30-2 record, the best in the University's history.

In 2004-05, Jones was the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, and a member of the All-Defensive Team for the second consecutive year. He ranked fifth in rebounds (11.6) and blocks (3.0) in the nation, and led the Atlantic 10 in both categories.

Jones was chosen to Atlantic 10 All-Conference 2nd Team and All-Big 5 second-team, while posting career-best numbers in scoring (10.1 points per game), rebounding and blocked shots. He was also named to the Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team after averaging 10.0 points and 12.7 rebounds in the tournament, and earned NIT All-Tournament honors.

Jones' total of 418 rebounds was the second best single-season mark in school history, while his total of 109 blocks was the third best single-season total. He set his career-high with 16 rebounds at Old Dominion and tied it with 16 against Hofstra. On February 19, 2005, Jones became the first Hawk to notch a triple-double since 1986 with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and career-high 10 blocks against St. Bonaventure.

Professional career

Jones was signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves on August 26, 2005, as an undrafted rookie free agent. He was assigned to the NBA Development League's Florida Flame on November 4, 2005.

In 26 games for the Flame, Jones averaged 8.9 points, 2.0 blocks (league's third-best, with the total 52 being fifth) and a league leading 11.7 rebounds per game. He also led the league in offensive rebounds per game (4.5), and his 118 total offensive rebounds were good for second place, only eight shy of T. J. Cummings, who played in 22 more games.

Without a single official appearance for the Wolves, Jones was traded to the Boston Celtics on January 27, 2006, along with Michael Olowokandi, Wally Szczerbiak and a future first-round draft choice, in exchange for Marcus Banks, Mark Blount, Ricky Davis, Justin Reed and two future conditional second-round draft choices. He played in 14 games for the Celtics during the season, averaging 1.0 points and 2.2 rebounds. Jones had a season high seven points on April 19, 2006 against the Miami Heat and a career high 13 rebounds on April 17, 2006 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jones was traded to the Cavaliers on October 13, 2006, in exchange for Luke Jackson, and appeared in just 4 regular season games during the 2006-2007 season. He had three total points (on 3-6 free throw shooting, against the Golden State Warriors) and six total rebounds.

Jones was assigned by the Cavaliers to the D-League's Albuquerque Thunderbirds on March 23, 2007. He played in two games for the Thunderbirds, averaging 11.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, six blocks and two steals, including D-League season-high eight blocks on March 24, 2007- against the Idaho Stampede.

In his first full season as an NBA player, Jones averaged 1 point and 2 rebounds in 56 games during 2007-08, plus 5 postseason contests. He had a season and career-high nine points and a season-high 12 rebounds on December 4, 2007 against the New Jersey Nets.

On September 24, 2008, Jones was signed by the Charlotte Bobcats.[1]

In September 2008, Jones was signed by the Orlando Magic to play in the team's training camp, but was released before the season started. He then signed with Turkish League club Efes Pilsen S.K., which also entered the Euroleague.

On January 5, 2009, Jones signed with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. He was later traded to the Idaho Stampede for guard Tim Barnes, and then finished the season with the Austin Toros.[2]

On October 17, 2009, Jones signed a one-year contract with Serbian Red Star Belgade. He was signed as their final newcomer for the 2009/2010 season.[3] He was released by mutual consent only 5 days after that, due to, as Red Star general manager said, personal problems that kept him from focusing on professional basketball.[4] During those five days in Belgrade, he played in one friendly game versus a minor league team, contributing to the win with 9 points and 5 rebounds.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Boston 14 0 6.2 .400 .000 .462 2.2 .1 .1 .2 1.0
2006–07 Cleveland 4 0 4.5 .000 .000 .500 1.5 .0 .0 .0 .8
2007–08 Cleveland 56 0 8.4 .532 .000 .483 2.5 .2 .2 .4 1.4
2008-09 Charlotte 6 0 8.7 .571 .000 .667 2.0 .0 .0 .2 2.0
Career 80 0 7.9 .508 .000 .494 2.4 .2 .1 .3 1.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Cleveland 5 0 4.0 .500 .000 .500 1.2 .0 .0 .2 .6
Career 5 0 4.0 .500 .000 .500 1.2 .0 .0 .2 .6

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