Popeye Jones Bio: Early Life, Career, Wife & Net Worth

Some people like to explore a bit more than what they already have achieved. The former NBA player and assistant coach Popeye Jones is a perfect example of overachievers.

After spending 11 seasons in National Basketball Association (NBA) as a player, he pursued his career as a basketball coach. Because Jones knew he has more to offer to the sports he loved.

Popeye Jones is a professional basketball coach and a former basketball player. Currently, Popeye serves as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Jones has almost 12-years of experience as a professional basketball player and now adding coaching experience to his list.

Popeye Jones, a basketball coach and a former player
Popeye Jones, a basketball coach, and a former player

Moreover, the power forward, Popeye, was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the second round of the 1992 NBA draft, but he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks.

He started his NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks in 1993. Moreover, Jones played for other NBA teams such as Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards, and the Golden State Warriors.

When Jones transitioned his career from playing to coaching, he started assisting with New Jersey/ Brooklyn Nets.

Then Jones professionally worked as an assistant coach for Indiana Pacers and now is working with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Before going deeper into Jones’s early life and career, let’s check some quick facts about the unique person

Quick Facts

Full NameRonald Jerome “Popeye” Jones
Birth DateJune 17, 1970
Birth PlaceDresden, Tennessee, USA
Nick NameNot Available
EthnicityAfrican- American
EducationMurray State University
Father’s NameNot Available
Mother’s NameNot Available
SiblingsNot Available
Age52 years old
Weight250lb (113kg)
Height6 feet 8 inches
Married/ WifeDivorced/ Amy Jones
MerchandiseRookie Card
ProfessionBasketball Coach, Former Basketball Player
ChildrenSeth Jones, Caleb Jones, Justin Jones
Net Worth (2021)$1 million to $5 million
RetirementActive as a Coach, Retired as a player in 2004
Social MediaNot Available
Last UpdateSeptember, 2022

Popeye Jones | Age, Height, and Body Measurements

The former player, Jones, was born on June 17, 1970, which makes him 50 years old. Even in his fifties, he is driven to help and see them succeed other basketball players.

Moreover, the motivational coach weighs around 113kg and stands 6 feet and 8 inches tall.

His right height must have suited his basketball career as a player, and it suits his new role as a coach also.

This forward-thinking man Jones falls under the sign of Gemini. Gemini people are quick-witted and gifted with an intelligent mind and a kind heart.

As they have various passions burning inside them, they can quickly pursue them and succeed, unlike other signs with their high energy.

Popeye Jones | Early Life and Parents

Popeye, named Ronald Jerome Popeye Jones initially, was born and raised in Dresden, Tennessee, USA. He grew up playing baseball, basketball,l, and football.

He once admitted that baseball was his first passion, but there was something about basketball that stuck with him.

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Jones got his name Popeye from his mother. She chose Popeye, a cartoon character because it was on TV when they got back home from the hospital after birth.

There is not much written about Jones’s parents. But after observing Popeye, it is apparent that he had supportive parents.


The basketball coach, Popeye, has three sons Seth, Caleb, and Justin, from his ex-wife Amy Jones.

All of his kids love basketball, but they chose hockey for their professional careers. They decided early on that they will play hockey.

In one of Popeye’s interviews, he said that his oldest son Justin came home from school and said that he met a kid who told him he played ice hockey.

Moreover, Jones admitted that he came from a small town of about 5000 people who did not know anything about ice hockey.

Popeye's sons, Justin, Caleb and Seth Jones
Popeye’s sons, Justin, Caleb, and Seth Jones

So he took Justin to the store to get the ice hockey equipment.

Popeye also said that he never forced his kids to play basketball, but he wished they would play in his heart. Not only Justin but also his other sons were equally interested in hockey.

Therefore Jones approached Joe Sakic, an Avalanche star, for advice. Sakic told Popeye that his sons need to learn how to skate first, and that was it for Jones.

Jones and Amy did everything possible so that their sons can skate and play hockey.

Who is Seth Jones?

Son of a former basketball player, Popeye Jones, Seth Jones is a hockey player who plays as a defenseman and alternate captain for the National Hockey League NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.

Seth has two brothers Justin and Caleb, who also are involved in ice hockey.

The 26-year old hockey player was first drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators in the fourth overall pick.

Popeye Jones with his son Seth Jones
Popeye Jones with his son Seth Jones

Seth is an inter-racial kid who found himself mostly among white kids.

Moreover, Seth and his brothers said they have never faced racial discrimination in the game and outside, but they know it. They find themselves lucky in that matter.

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Popeye | Basketball Career

As a Player in High School, College, and the NBA

Popeye liked to play baseball, basketball, and football.

Among the three, baseball was his favorite, he loved the pitch, but Jones continued his college career in basketball.

He got a scholarship to go to Murray State University in Kentucky.

In his college career, he was awarded many honors. He was a three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection and was mentioned twice in All-America.

Moreover, he was named OVC Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991. He also got the OVC’s Athlete of the Year in 1991 and 1992.

Popeye playing for Murray State University
Popeye playing for Murray State University

Moreover, the 76ers coach was ranked fourth on Murray State’s all-time scoring lists with 2,057 points.

He became the only player to record more than 2000 points and 1000 rebounds in MSU history.

The MSU basketball star Jones was drafted in the 2nd round in the 1992 National Basketball Association draft by the Houston Rockets.

Soon he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Eric Riley.

Before starting his NBA season, Popeye played one season in Europe. Then he played for the Mavericks from 1993 to 1996.

After three seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, Jones was traded to the Toronto Raptors.

In addition to his time with the Mavericks and the Raptors, he had brief stints with the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, the Washington Wizards, and the Golden State Warriors.

He had the best time in 1995-96 with the Mavericks with an average point of 11.3 and 10.8 rebounds per game.

College Stats


Highlights and Achievements

  • NCAA rebounding leader in the year 1992
  • Two-time OVC Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991
  • Three-time first-team All-OVC from 1989 to 1991
  • No. 54 retired by Murray State Racers

As a Coach

The basketball star, Jones was not content with his 11 seasons of playing career with the NBA; he wanted to pursue coaching professionally.

Therefore, he started as a player development coach for the Dallas Mavericks. After three seasons (2007-10) as a player development coach, Jones got a real job as a coach with Brooklyn Nets.

Moreover, in 2013 Jones got a job from the Indiana Pacers as an assistant coach. He served the Pacers from 2013 to 2020.

Finally, last November 2020, Jones got a job offer from the Philadelphia 76ers as an assistant coach.

Even after so many years, Popeye still looks excited to serve different players to build their careers.

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Jones | Net Worth and Salary

The NBA player and coach, Popeye, has spent 11 years in the NBA as a player and some seven years as a coach.

He earned approximately $14 million during his playing career and earned a fair amount as a coach.

On average, NBA assistant coaches earn from $50,000 to more than $1 million a season.

After calculating Jones’s years spent in the NBA, he has an estimated net worth of $3 million to $5 million.

With increasing experience, Popeye’s value is likely to grow as a coach in the upcoming years. And who knows what new venture he will be heading toward in the future.

Is Popeye active on social media?

Popeye does not seem to be active on any social media platforms yet.

He does not have any accounts where his fans and followers can tap into personal and professional affairs. Yet he does a lot of interviews for television, which are posted on Youtube.

Jones likes to keep himself busy building his career and others.

Jones knows how to keep him busy and motivated.

In one of Jones’s interviews, when asked how he is keeping up with the pandemic time, his list was long, from coaching online to interacting with international coaches to studying film and so much more.

No matter how busy Jones is, his fans and followers will love to interact with him on popular platforms like Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Popeye Jones | Racial Justice

During the pandemic, Jones was asked a question by an interviewer: 

You mentioned previously shielding your sons from racism when they were kids. How did you go about doing that?

Answer: I think how I went about doing it is I have Black friends, and I have white friends, and when they first went into a hockey rink, I went ahead of them.

And, you know, it’s a good question to ask because they could have easily encountered that experience in the locker room or on the ice when I wasn’t around them.

But it just never happened because I think that it was always about, “You’re both. Embrace both races,”.

Also, to treat people the way you want to be treated, and you just hoped it worked out.

But, do they know about Black history? Yes. Do they know about white history? Yes. They understand what happened to Black people with slavery, and they understand the whole history of that.

Common Questions about Jones

Is Jones still married?

Yes. Popeye was married to Amy Jones until 2009. With Amy, he has three sons. Popeye remarried, which he confessed in one of his interviews. Details about his second wife are not disclosed yet.

How many sons does Popeye have?

Three. Popeye has three sons Justin Jones, Seth Jones, and Caleb Jones. All of them are involved in ice hockey.

Did Popeye Jones sustain any major injury during his playing career?

No, the former basketballer did not sustain any major injuries during his playing career. However, he suffered many minor injuries during the 1996 season. 

Who named Jones Popeye and why?

Jones is named after the famous cartoon character Popeye. His mother named him Popeye because when they got home after his birth from the hospital, Popeye was on TV.

Did Popeye have a second stint with the Mavericks?

Yes. The multi-talented player and coach Jones was first drafted by the Rockets but was traded to the Dallas Mavericks.

Therefore he played his first NBA game for the Mavericks in 1993. After three seasons from 1993-96 with the Mavericks, he was traded to the Toronto Raptors.

Again Jones got another chance with the Mavericks for the 2002-03 seasons, but it was a brief stint. Out of 82 games, Popeye only played 26 games during his 2nd stint with the Mavericks.

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