Dahntay Lavall Jones (born December 27, 1980) played college basketball at Rutgers in his freshman and sophomore years, Jones transferred to Duke where he earned All-ACC Honorable Mention honors in 2002 after averaging 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists as a junior. In his senior season, he played 33 games, averaging 17.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
Jones was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 20th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft, and his rights were later traded, along with the rights to Troy Bell, to the Memphis Grizzlies for the rights to Kendrick Perkins and Marcus Banks. On November 21, 2003, he made his professional debut in a 98–97 win over the Seattle SuperSonics, recording one rebound, one assist and two blocks in eight minutes off the bench. In four professional seasons for the Grizzlies, Jones averaged 5.0 points per game.
On September 27, 2007, Jones signed with the Boston Celtics. However, he was later waived by the Celtics on October 25. On December 10, he signed with the Sacramento Kings. Four days later, he made his debut with the Kings in a 109–99 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, recording one assist and two steals in seven minutes off the bench.On February 16, 2008, he was waived by the Kings. On July 30, 2008, Jones signed with the Denver Nuggets. On July 30, 2008, Jones signed with the Denver Nuggets. On July 12, 2012, Jones was traded, along with Darren Collison, to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Ian Mahinmi. On September 25, 2014, Jones signed with the Utah Jazz. However, he was later waived by the Jazz on October 22, 2014. On November 26, 2014, Jones was reacquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. On September 10, 2015, Jones signed with the Brooklyn Nets.
On April 13, 2016, Jones signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. That night, he made his debut for the Cavaliers in a 112–110 loss to the Detroit Pistons, recording 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 42 minutes off the bench. On May 22, he was suspended for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals for striking Toronto Raptors’ center Bismack Biyombo in the groin during the final possession of Game 3. The Cavaliers went on to win the series in six games and advanced to the 2016 NBA Finals. In the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers came back from a 3–1 deficit to win the series in seven games, as Jones won his first NBA championship. On July 30, 2016, he was waived by the Cavaliers.
FIBA U21 World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2001 Saitama National team
Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (2016)
First-team All-ACC (2003)
2× ACC All-Defensive Team (2002, 2003)
Big East All-Rookie Team (1999)