Robert Clyde “Bobby” Jones (born December 18, 1951) is a retired American professional basketball player in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA).
What that work added up to was a 12-year pro career that featured eight selections to the NBA All-Defensive First Team; the first-ever NBA Sixth Man Award; membership on the ABA All-Rookie Team; four appearances in the NBA All-Star Game and one in the ABA All-Star Game; and perhaps most prized, an NBA Championship with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983. Above all, Jones’s value as a player was evidenced by the fact that his teams never missed the playoffs.
Jones left the NBA as one of the most admired players of the era, if not of all time. Said a young Charles Barkley while a teammate of Jones’s, “If everyone in the world was like Bobby Jones, the world wouldn’t have any problems.”
In 2003, Jones cofounded a Charlotte, North Carolina-based religiously affiliated non-profit, 2xsalt, that supports underprivileged youth through sports, along with Bart Kofoed and former teammate and Hall of Famer David Thompson.
Bobby Jones is now coaching the middle school boys basketball team at Carmel Christian School in Charlotte.
During his entire tenure with the Sixers, his jersey always include the letter B with a period before his last name (B. JONES) above his number 24; he still wore it even after former teammate Caldwell Jones was traded for Moses Malone in 1982 and Caldwell’s brother Charles left after only one season with the Sixers (1983–84). However, during the 2008 season, as part of the Sixers’ 25th anniversary of the 1983 Champions, he was given a framed replica jersey that simply states his last name without the letter B, since he was the only Sixer named Jones to play on the 1983 team. Jones is currently the assistant varsity basketball coach at Charlotte Christian School, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
UD Triology Bobby Jones / Rodney Carney
Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (1983)
4× NBA All-Star (1977–1978, 1981–1982)
8× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1977–1984)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1985)
NBA Sixth Man of the Year (1983)
ABA All-Star (1976)
All-ABA Second Team (1976)
2× ABA All-Defensive First Team (1975–1976)
ABA All-Rookie First Team (1975)
No. 24 retired by Philadelphia 76ers
Consensus second-team All-American (1974)