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Popeye Jones

Popeye Jones
Indiana Pacers
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1970-06-17) June 17, 1970 (age 45)
Dresden, Tennessee
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Dresden (Dresden, Tennessee)
College Murray State (1988–1992)
NBA draft 1992 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Pro career 1992–2004
Position Power forward
Number 54, 4, 50
Career history
1992–1993 Aresium Milano (Italy)
19931996 Dallas Mavericks
19961998 Toronto Raptors
1998–1999 Boston Celtics
1999–2000 Denver Nuggets
20002002 Washington Wizards
2002–2003 Dallas Mavericks
2003–2004 Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,726 (7.0 ppg)
Rebounds 3,981 (7.4 rpg)
Assists 696 (1.3 apg)
Stats at

Ronald Jerome "Popeye" Jones (born June 17, 1970) is a retired American professional basketball player and is currently an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

College career

Born in Dresden, Tennessee, Jones played college basketball for Murray State University. He finished his college career as a three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection and was named OVC Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991. Jones was honored as the OVC's Athlete of the Year in 1991 and 1992. He is one of only seven MSU men's basketball players to have his jersey retired, his number 54 hangs in the rafters of the CFSB Center in Murray, Kentucky. Jones ranks fourth on Murray State's all-time scoring list with 2,057 points. He is also Murray State's all-time leader in rebounds with 1,374, and led the nation in that category in the 1990-91 season. He is the only player in Murray State history to record more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

NBA career

After college, he was selected by the Houston Rockets in the second round (41st overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft but his rights were traded to the Dallas Mavericks for those of former University of Michigan center Eric Riley. After playing professionally in Europe for a season, he played for the Mavericks for three seasons until being traded to the Toronto Raptors for Riley's former Michigan Wolverines teammate, shooting guard Jimmy King. Jones also played with the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors. He had a second stint with the Mavericks during the 2002-03 season, but played in only 26 of 82 games.

His best season was in 1995-96 with the Mavericks when he averaged 11.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game while making 14 of 39 three-point attempts, after averaging 10.3 points and 10.6 rebounds the previous year. He holds NBA career per game averages of 7.0 points and 7.4 rebounds.

He once secured 28 rebounds in a single game for the Mavericks in the 1995-96 campaign, still a team record.

On August 14, 2013, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers.[1]


His nickname, Popeye, comes from the popular cartoon. His mother chose the name once they got back from the hospital and Popeye was on TV.[2]

Jones' son, Seth, was a promising ice hockey prospect who was drafted in the 1st round of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft. He was taken 11th overall by the Everett Silvertips.[3] Seth was then taken with the #4 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Nashville Predators.[4] He had a successful first season in 2013-2014 as a defenseman for the Predators, becoming one of few African Americans to have played in the NHL.

During Popeye's tenure with Denver, he approached Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche about his son playing ice hockey. In 2013, Seth Jones played for the United States under-20 ice hockey team which won gold at the world junior tournament.

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