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Olympic medal record
Men's Basketball
Silver Munich 1972 United States

Dwight Elmo Jones (born February 27, 1952 in Houston, Texas) is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6'10" forward/center, he was the leading scorer and rebounder on the 1972 Olympic team that lost the controversial gold medal game to the Soviet Union. Jones was ejected from the Gold Medal game after an altercation with a Soviet player.

Jones attended E.O. Smith Education Center and Wheatley High School.[1]

After playing college basketball at the University of Houston from 1970-73, Jones was selected as the 9th overall pick in 1973 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. Jones played for ten seasons in the NBA from 1973 to 1983 with four teams: Atlanta, the Houston Rockets, the Chicago Bulls, and the Los Angeles Lakers. The 6 ft 10 in power forward/center averaged 8.1 points in 766 career regular season games.

His son, Dwight Jones II, played at Houston Baptist University. A 6-3 guard, Jones II was named the Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2005-06 and 2006-07 while also being named an NAIA All-America both seasons.[2]


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