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In an NBA offseason full of blockbuster moves, the Phoenix Suns made their own today, acquiring Josh Childress from Atlanta and Hedo Turkoglu from Toronto. Going to the Raptors in today’s deal was former Hawk Dwayne Jones, ’05, who signed with the Suns before the 2010 playoffs. Along with Jones, the Raptors also acquired Leandro Barbosa in the deal.
During his brief stint with the Suns, Jones saw little action, playing in two games for a total of 3.5 minutes, with his single stat being a defensive rebound. In the playoffs, Jones played in two games against Portland for a total of five minutes, scoring five points with a total of five rebounds.
The Raptors will be Jones’ fifth teams in the past six years of a career that saw brief stints in Boston and Charlotte, with a longer stay in Cleveland in between. So far in his career, Jones has played in 82 regular season games averaging 7.8 minutes per game with a career 107 points.
Jones will add depth to a Raptors team bereft of a big man after center Chris Bosh left to join Dwayne Wade and Lebron James in Miami.
-Tom Hagan ’11
With the NBA playoffs entering the second round, we figured it would be a good time to catch up with some St. Joe’s basketball’s most illustrious alumni who are continuing their careers on the professional hardwood.
The conversation—much like just about any other discussion of St. Joe’s basketball—starts with its most famous alumni, Jameer Nelson.
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The Orlando Magic point guard had to contend with injuries again this season and saw his numbers drop from last year’s career season. He finished the regular season averaging 12.6 points and 5.4 assists in 28.6 minutes per game over 65 games; all three totals were slightly above his career average.
He was slowed by torn knee cartilage in November that caused him to miss 17 games. But he averaged 13.8 points per in the 47 regular season games since returning to action on Dec. 19 and has assumed his usual role as a vital cog in the sixth-highest scoring offense in the league for the Southeast Division Champs. Continue reading
Former Saint Joseph’s forward Dwayne Jones was signed by the Phoenix Suns today, giving the fifth seed in the NBA’s Western Conference depth in the low post for the final five games of the regular season and the playoffs.
Jones, a 2005 graduate of St. Joe’s, made 48 starts this season for the Austin Toros in the NBA Development League, averaging 17.6 points and a league-leading 16.0 rebounds per game. He had 44 double-doubles on the season and scored in double-figures on all but two occasions.
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He was named to the Western Conference All-Stars and scored 13 points and grabbed seven boards in the All-Star game in February.
He passed a physical with the Suns today, and will be available to play in Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. Continue reading