NBRPA Mourns the Loss of Caldwell Jones

September 22, 2014

The NBRPA extends deep condolences to the family of a beloved member, former ABA All-Star and NBA All-Defensive first-teamer Caldwell Jones, who passed away at 64. Caldwell joined the NBRPA in Cancun at the Legends World Sports Conference last month, giving back with a smile alongside other Legends during a wonderful basketball clinic for Mexican youth. The NBRPA will be sharing funeral details with our members via email soon.

Caldwell was one of six famous basketball-playing brothers (pictured, left)  -- Caldwell, Major, Oliver, Wilbert, Charles, Melvin and Clinton -- four of whom (Caldwell, Major, Charles, Wil) played in the NBA.

Caldwell had the strongest NBA/ABA resume of the Jones Brothers, with career averages nearing  8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks per game for his combined NBA/ABA career. Caldwell played in the ABA and NBA for 17 years with the San Diego Conquistadors, San Diego Sails, Kentucky Colonels, Spirits of St. Louis, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Portland Trailblazers and San Antonio Spurs. As an ABA player he averaged nearly 16 points, over 13 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game and played in two All-Star games. As center for the Philadelphia 76ers, Caldwell was an NBA All-Defensive First Team selection in 1981 and 1982. Caldwell shined during the 76ers great run to the 1980 NBA Finals, blocking 162 shots and averaging 11.9 rebounds per game that season.

"Caldwell was a special person and was taken from us too early," said NBRPA Member Billy Cunningahm, who coached the Philadelphia 76ers from 1977-1985. "He epitomized what a team player was meant to be and didn't care if he scored a point as long as we won."

Caldwell was a popular and active member of the NBRPA. He participated frequently in youth events and was a welcome face at dozens of Legends events over the years. The NBRPA will share funeral arrangements with our members as soon as they are available.