Jim Chones

James Bernett “Bunny” Chones (born November 30, 1949) is an American former professional basketball player, and current radio analyst for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jim Chones
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Chones in his final season at Marquette
Personal information
Born (1949-11-30) November 30, 1949 (age 71)
Racine, Wisconsin
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Catherine (Racine, Wisconsin)
CollegeMarquette (1970–1972)
NBA draft1973 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career1973–1983
PositionCenter / Power forward
Number22, 53, 9
Career history
1972–1973New York Nets
1973–1974Carolina Cougars
19741979Cleveland Cavaliers
19791981Los Angeles Lakers
1981–1982Washington Bullets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points7,664 (12.3 ppg)
Rebounds5,196 (8.3 rpg)
Assists1,079 (1.7 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

A 6'11" forward/center, Chones starred at Marquette University, where he earned All-America honors as a junior in 1972 after averaging 20.5 points and 11.9 rebounds per game.[1] When he left Marquette to pursue an ABA career, he was only the second player in NCAA history to leave school for professional basketball before his graduating year. The New York Nets offered him a sizeable contract, and stipulated that he must accept within days and leave college. As a result, he left Marquette in February 1972 with his college team undefeated and ranked second in the nation. After Chones' departure Marquette finished the season at 25-4.

Professionally, he first played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) with the New York Nets, with whom he was an ABA All-Rookie First Team selection. He also spent a season with the Carolina Cougars.[1] In 1975, he moved to the National Basketball Association, where he played five seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and later won an NBA Championship as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980. He retired from basketball in 1982 with combined ABA/NBA totals of 9,821 points and 6,427 rebounds.[1]

After retiring from the NBA, Chones spent eleven seasons as the television color analyst for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and in 2007, returned as a radio postgame analyst.

During the 2010–2011 season, usual Cavs radio voice Joe Tait missed much of the season as he recovered from surgery/illness. During that time, Chones and WTAM morning co-host/sports director and Cavs pregame/postgame host Mike Snyder formed the interim radio play by play team.[2] Chones became a full-time member of the radio team in the 2011–2012 season, working with new play by play announcer John Michael.[3]

Chones's daughter Kaayla is a former professional basketball player and as of 2019 is the director of player program for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA.[4][5]

Awards and honorsEdit




  1. ^ a b c d e Chones stats – Basketball Reference.com
  2. ^ NBA INSIDER: Tait hopes to be back next month
  3. ^ Cavs radio team – Cavs.com
  4. ^ "News-Herald Hall of Fame: Kaayla Chones worked for everything she got on every level". The News-Herald. June 13, 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Timberwolves Director Of Player Program Kaayla Chones Inducted Into Ohio Basketball Hall Of Fame". Minnesota Timberwolves. May 14, 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  6. ^ a b Jim Chones.com
  7. ^ Greater Cleveland Sports HOF – Cleveland Sports Hall.com

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