A well-regarded basketball player, Caldwell Jones was noted for his rebounding abilities and quick hands under the basket on defense - 7,683 career rebounds. After starring at Albany State (in Georgia), he played in the America Basketball Association, ABA, during his first three seasons in professional basketball, 1973-74 thru 1975-76. As an ABA rookie Caldwell Jones scored a very solid 15.0 points per game and led the league in turnovers caused with 316.
In 1976-77 when the ABA and NBA merged, Caldwell Jones signed with the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA and helped them make the playoffs six consecutive seasons, 1976-77 thru 1981-82.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s Caldwell Jones' gutsy rebounding paved the way to the 76ers' successes. In 1979-80 he averaged 11.9 rebounds per game, fourth highest in the NBA which helped Philadelphia go all-the-way to the NBA Finals before losing in 6 games to the LA Lakers. In 1981-82 his' role helped Philly again go to the NBA Finals, where again they lost in 6 games to LA.
Caldwell Jones played from 1973-74 thru 1989-90, career stats: 6589 points in 1086 games, 2554 FGM, 5395 FGA, .473 pct, 2042 Offensive rebounds, 5621 Def Reb, 7663 total Reb. 6.2 points per/game, 7.2 rpg.
Caldwell Jones postseason stats: 827 points, 1087 rebounds in 125 games, spanning 13 postseason tournaments.