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Larry Jones

Larry Jones

  • Larry Jones

Birthdate: Sept. 22, 1941
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
High School: Columbus East (1960)
College: University of Toledo (1964)
Year Inducted: 2011

Larry Jones began and ended his professional basketball career with the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, but he enjoyed most of his success in the American Basketball Association with the Denver Nuggets. After a sparkling career at the University of Toledo, Jones was selected by the 76ers in the third round of the 1964 NBA draft. The 6-foot-2 guard played one season for Philadelphia, sat out two years and joined Denver of the ABA where became one of the league’s first stars. In his second year he averaged 28.4 points and became the first ABA player to score 2,000 points in a season. During one stretch he scored 30 or more points in 23 straight games – a league record.  He played with the Miami Floridians, Dallas Chaparrals and Utah Stars before ending his career in the NBA with the 76ers in 1973-74. A broken wrist limited Jones to one game in his junior year at Toledo, but he still scored 1,315 points for the Rockets and averaged 23.3 as a senior.