NBRPA: Ex-NBA center Caldwell Jones dead at 64

caldwell-jonesFormer NBA center Caldwell Jones has reportedly passed away at the age of 64.

The news was publicized by the NBRPA (National Basketball Retired Players Association).

Caldwell was a popular and active member of the NBRPA. He participated frequently in youth events and was a welcome face at dozens of Legends events over the years.

“The NBRPA extended deep condolences to the family of a beloved member, former ABA All-Star and NBA All-Defensive first-teamer Caldwell Jones, who passed away at 64,” said the message.

Jones reportedly died after suffering a heart attack, according to his wife.

The Portland TrailBlazers, for which Jones had played, issued a statement regarding his passing.

“It’s a sad day when we lose a contributing member to our Trail Blazers history. Caldwell Jones’s quiet but engaging demeanor off the court made him a favorite with Trail Blazers fans during his time in Portland,” said the statement.

“As a teammate and defensive presence on the court, he brought a fierce attitude and unselfish style of play that helped make the Trail Blazers one of the NBA’s best defensive teams in the late 1980s. We extend our condolences to the Jones family and will remember Caldwell for what he brought to Rip City,” the message said.

Caldwell Jones was one of six famous basketball-playing brothers – Caldwell, Major, Oliver, Wilbert, Charles, Melvin and Clinton – four of whom (Caldwell, Major, Charles, Wilbert) played in the NBA.

The 6’11 Jones was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers, 2nd round (14th pick, 32nd overall) in the 1973 NBA Draft.

He spent his first three seasons in ABA, before going to the NBA. In ABA, Jones played 231 games, averaging 15.8 ppg, 13.1 rpg and 3.4 bpg in 37.3 mpg. He averaged career high 4 blocks per game in his rookie season in ABA, and 3.2 bpg the next season. He lead the league in blocks in both of his first two seasons.He was named an All-Star in 1975.

In the NBA, Jones played for Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Portland TrailBlazers and San Antonio Spurs. He spent 14 seasons in the NBA, holding career averages of 6.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 bpg in 24.8 mpg.

Combined, Jones played in 1299 games both in ABA and NBA, holding averages of 7.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.8 bpg in 27 mpg.


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