Quick facts
Birth date 27 Dec, 1980
Age 39 yrs
Occupations Basketball player
Citizenship United States of America
Birth place Trenton
Education Duke University
Gender Male
Description American professional basketball player

Dahntay Jones, born Dahntay Lavall Jones on 27th December 1980 at Trenton, New Jersey, has been a U.S. professional player of basketball. He is particularly famous for his position as a small forward and shooting guard. His last appearance as a basketball player was for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 2016-17. Thus, he has retired as a basketball player, and is presently the free agent. He stated playing basketball during his school days, and played for his colleges Duke, and Rutgers. He, for the first time in 2016, won NBA championship playing for Cavaliers.

Personal Life

Jones spent his early life in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, and studied in Steinert High School at Hamilton Township. He started his college career with Rutgers where he studied from 1998 to 2000. Then he joined another college named Duke in 2001 where he studied up to 2003. He is born to Larry and Joanne Jones, and his father had been a basketball player during his college days at St. Peter’s College. A cousin of him named Al Harrington had also been a basketball player. Thus, he imbibed his interest in basketball from his family members. His height 6 feet 6 inches also helped him earn a place as a basketball player. He is of African-American ethnicity, and possesses American nationality. His hair colour as well as eye colour is black.

As regards his relationship, Dahntay Jones married Valeisha Butterfield, daughter of G. K. Butterfield, the North Carolina Congressman. They dated for many years before getting married on 24th July 2011. They have been blessed with a lovely son who has been fondly named as Tanner Jones. Jones is leading a happy married life, and has not divorced his wife as yet.


So far as his professional career is concerned, Jones started playing basketball when he was chosen by Bolton Celtics in 2003 NBA draft. In a short span of time, he switched to Memphis Grizzlies without any competition from any quarter. He began his professional career as a basketball player on 21st November 2003 when he played for the Grizzlies against Seattle SuperSonics. On 27th September 2007, he joined Boston Celtics, but he did not continue with the team long, and signed with Sacramento Kings on 10th December, the same year. He again switched to Fort Wayne Mad Ants on 21st November 2008 and left again to sign with Denver Nuggets in July 2008.

He made a four-year contract with Indiana Pacers in 2009, and continued up to July 2012 when he switched to Dallas Mavericks. He went on switching teams continually, as he was again traded to Atlanta Hawks in place of Anthony Morrow. He frequently signed different teams throughout his career till he joined Cleveland Cavaliers on 13th April 2016 from where he was released on 24th April the same year. Now he is a free agent. During his long career, he won several awards and titles. As per his biography, his net worth is estimated at $10 million.

Last Modified: 04 Aug, 2018

Login or Register to comment