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14. Bobby Jones
If Bobby Jones ever gets into the Basketball Hall of Fame it will obviously be because of his ability to defend other players.  His legacy as of the greatest defenders in the history of the NBA gives him a fighting chance to get inducted.  Jones was elected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight straight seasons from 1977-1984.  He was also elected to four All-Star games even though he had become a sixth man for the 76ers after a trade from Denver for George McGinnis. 
Jones was a vital member of the 76ers great teams of the late 70’s and early 80’s and fittingly won the first NBA sixth man award ever given out in 1983.  That was the same year that Philadelphia finally won it all and Jones got to drink some champagne.  One of the most well respected people ever to play in the NBA, Jones’ offensive stats are less than impressive averaging just 12 points and 6 boards a game, but anyone who watched the unselfish Jones play in those days knows that is about half of the story.  Jones is arguably the greatest non center defender in basketball history and a winner as evidenced by the fact that no team he ever played on ever missed the playoffs.

Should Bobby Jones be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 89.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.8%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 1992
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Played For: Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers
  • College: North Carolina
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 5th Overall in 1974
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NBA All Star (4) (1977, 1978, 1981 & 1982)
    Sixth Man of the Year (1) (1982-83)
    Second Team All NBA Selection (1) (1975-76)
    First Team All ABA Defensive Selection (2) (1974-75 & 1975-76)
    First Team All NBA Defensive Selection (8) (1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84)
    Second Team All NBA Defensive Selection (1) (1984-85)
    Highest Field Goal Percentage (3) (ABA) (1974-75 & 1975-76) (NBA) (1977-78)
    Championship Rings: (1) (Philadelphia 76ers, 1982-83)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage: (5) (ABA) (1974-75 & 1975-76) (NBA) (1976-77, 1977-78 & 1981-82)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (1) (ABA) (1975-76)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (1) (ABA) (1975-76)
    Top Ten Finishes: Assists (1) (ABA) (1975-76)
    Top Ten Finishes: Steals (3) (ABA) (1974-75 & 1975-76) (NBA) (1976-77)
    Top Ten Finishes: Blocks (3) (ABA) (1974-75 & 1975-76) (NBA) (1976-77)
    Top Ten Finishes: Steals per Game (3) (ABA) (1974-75 & 1975-76) (NBA) (1976-77)
    Top Ten FInishes: Blocks per Game (3) (ABA) (1974-75 & 1975-76) (NBA) (1976-77)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (3) (ABA) (1974-75 & 1975-76) (NBA) (1976-77)
    Top Ten Finishes: VORP (4) (ABA) (1974-75 & 1975-76) (NBA) (1976-77 & 1977-78)
    Top Ten Finishes: PER (3) (ABA) (1974-75 & 1975-76) (NBA) (1976-77)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (3) (ABA) (1974-75 & 1975-76) (NBA) (1976-77)
    Top Ten Finishes: Box Plus/Minus (8) (ABA) (1974-75 & 1975-76) (NBA) (1976-77, 1977-78, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83 & 1983-84)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 1.    Field Goal Percentage: .586 (ABA)
    13.  Field Goal Percentage: .558
    23.  Box Plus/Minus: 4.8
    46.  VORP: 43.9
    48.  Blocks: 1,319

Should Bobby Jones be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 89.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.8%

Comments   

+2 #2 Randolph Greer 2016-04-29 19:52
Bobby Jones is one of the greatest players of all-time. Until he is in the Hall Of Fame, it cannot really be considered one.
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+5 #1 John DiFeliciantonio 2014-04-30 01:30
Bobby Jones was, of course, the greatest sixth man in NBA history.

His unprecedente d hustle and total effort is unmatched. Bobby was a sixth man because the Sixer teams he played on were among thr greatest in history. It was impossible to become a starter. If bobby played on most other teams he would have scored many more points and grabbed many more rebounds.
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