April 06, 2019
Legendary Sixers forward Bobby Jones, who won an NBA Championship with Philadelphia in 1983 and was known for his defending and rebounding prowess, is headed to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Jones, 67, is reportedly a member of the 2019 Hall of Fame class, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
Bobby Jones has been selected for enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019, sources tell ESPN. As a forward, he was NBA All-Defensive first-team eight times with the 76ers, and twice ABA All-Defensive first-team. Formal announcement on Saturday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 6, 2019
The Hall of Fame confirmed the news Saturday:
He was a 5x All-Star as a pro in the ABA and @NBA and a key member of the 1983 NBA Champion @sixers. We congratulate 8x NBA All-Defensive First Team member Bobby Jones. #19HoopClass— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) April 6, 2019
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After four seasons in Denver, between the ABA’s Denver Rockets and the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, Jones was traded to the Sixers with Ralph Simpson and a first-round draft pick in exchange for George McGinnis and a first-round draft pick.
In eight seasons with the Sixers, Jones was named an All-Star twice, won Sixth Man of the Year in 1983, and was named to six All-Defensive First Teams. He averaged 15.3 points and six rebounds per game over the eight seasons,
Jones holds the ABA all-time record for career two-point field goal percentage at .593, and has the 24th-best career defensive rating (99.4) in NBA history.
Along with Jones, former Milwaukee Buck Sidney Moncrief, former player and coach Paul Westphal, and former Sacramento King Vlade Divac are also headed for the Hall of Fame, according to Wojnarowski. Ben Wallace and Chris Webber are not part of this year’s class.