Raptors sign Fred Jones
The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have signed free agent guard Fred Jones to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.
“Fred Jones addresses our goal of infusing even more talent and athleticism to our revamped team,” said Bryan Colangelo, president and general manager of the Raptors. “He will benefit greatly from the up-tempo style we intend to play.”
Jones, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, was the 14th overall selection by Indiana in the 2002 NBA Draft. He averaged career highs of 10.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 77 games during the 2004-05 season. As a starter, he upped his averages to 16.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 14 games. He went 41-44 (.936) from the charity stripe and shot .466 from the field in his starts. He posted a career-high 31 points in a career-best 48 minutes November 20 at Orlando. He also recorded a career-best 10 rebounds versus Boston on November 23.
Jones led the Pacers in bench scoring last season, averaging 9.6 points. He scored in double figures 26 times, including tying a career high with 31 points versus Atlanta on February 24. That outing was one of just 14 30-point games by a reserve in the 2005-06 season. He followed that game with a 22-point effort at New Jersey, marking the second time he had recorded back-to-back 20+ scoring games off the bench (26 vs. Seattle, 20 vs. Toronto).
Over the past two seasons, Jones averaged 10.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 145 games, shooting .409 (150-367) from three-point range. He appeared in 19 total playoff games in 2005 and 2006, averaging 5.3 points and 2.3 rebounds. He shot a combined .385 (15-39) from three-point range and .920 (23-25) from the foul line in those postseason contests. He scored in double figures in three of the six games in a 2006 first-round defeat to New Jersey.
Jones rose to fame in his second NBA season by captured the 2004 Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Championship during All-Star Weekend at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. He also played in a career-high 81 games that season.
Jones averaged 18.6 points in his senior season at Oregon. He earned All-Pac-10 First Team status, and finished his career as the only player in school history to rank in the top 10 in eight different categories: steals (second), assists (third), blocks (fourth), scoring (fifth), three-pointers made (fifth), free throws made (sixth), free throw percentage (sixth) and field goals made (seventh).
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