Ex-NBA, ABA player Steve “Snapper” Jones dies


Former NBA and ABA player, broadcaster Steve “Snapper” Jones has died, following a lengthy illness. Jones was 75.

The Portland Trail Blazers said family members and friends confirmed that Jones died in Houston.

Born in Alexandria, Louisiana, but raised in Portland, Jones was a standout at Franklin High School, leading his squad to an Oregon state championship in 1959. He went on to star at Oregon.

Jones was a three-time All-Star in eight ABA seasons, averaging 16.0 points in 640 regular-season games for Oakland, New Orleans, Memphis, Dallas, Carolina, Denver and St. Louis.

In the NBA, Jones spent one season (with Portland TrailBlazers), averaging 6.5 ppg in 12.8 mpg, appearing in 64 games.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver paid tribute to Jones in a statement Saturday night.

“he NBA family mourns the passing of Steve “Snapper” Jones – former Portland Trail Blazer, ABA All-Star and one of the NBA’s all-time great TV analysts. We send our deepest condolences to his family and many friends,” said Silver.

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