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NBA First-Team All-Defense honor puts Herb Jones in unique territory within New Orleans franchise history

Among the various things Herb Jones has accomplished during his brief three-year NBA career, one of the most important feats can only be appreciated within the context of franchise history. On Tuesday, Jones became the fourth New Orleans player in its 22 seasons to claim the prestigious honor of being named NBA First-Team All-Defense.

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Herb Jones 23-24 Season Stats & NBA Rankings:

  • 1-of-7 NBA players to average at least 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks per game (min. 30 GP).
  • Tied for 13th in the NBA in steals per game, averaging 1.4 per game.
  • 1-of-9 NBA players to have at least three games this season with five-plus steals recorded.
  • Tied for 16th in the NBA in defensive box plus/minus, with a 1.5 defensive box plus/minus on the season (min. 70 GP).
  • Tied for 15th in total charges drawn, with 12 charges on the season.
  • Ranked 17th in the NBA in total steals and blocks, notching 167 steals and blocks this season.
  • 1.3 block percentage, falling in the 80th percentile and holds a 2.0 steal percentage, falling in the 93rd percentile of all NBA forwards.
  • Tied for 3rd in the NBA in contested 3PT shots per game (3.4).
  • When in defensive isolation, Jones ranked 11th in the NBA in points per possession, allowing 0.73 PPP (min. 70 GP).

Herb Jones' Best Games of the 2023-24 NBA Season

🔍 GAME RECAP
Herb Jones
Feb. 22, 2024 vs. Houston Rockets
  • 📊 Posted 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a career-high 7 steals.
  • Finished the game a +36.
  • 🔒 Jones’ 7 steals is tied for the most steals in a game by any NBA player this season.
  • 🔒 Jones becomes the fourth player in franchise history to notch 7+ steals in a game.
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Herb Jones
Nov. 2, 2023 vs. Detroit Pistons
  • 🎯 Scored 21 points, converting 6-of-7 (.857) from the field and a perfect 9-of-9 from the foul stripe.
  • 🔒 Posted 3 steals and a season-high 4 blocks
  • Finished the game a +10.
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Herb Jones
March 28, 2024 vs. Milwaukee Bucks
  • 📊 Posted 4 steals and 3 blocks
  • 🔒 This is the 12th time this season that a player has posted four-plus steals and three-plus blocks in a win.
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Herb Jones
Nov. 14, 2023 vs. Dallas Mavericks
  • 💪🏿Returned to the starting lineup after missing three games due to a leg injury, posting 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks
  • Finished the game a +8.
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Herb Jones
Feb. 12, 2024 vs. Memphis Grizzlies
  • 🎯 Scored a team-high 17 points, shooting 5-of-9 (.556) from the floor, 3-of-6 (.500) from three-point range and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw stripe.
  • 🔒 Jones added 9 rebounds and 5 steals.
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Herb Jones
March 24, 2024 vs. Detroit Pistons
  • 🔒 Posted four steals and one block in 35 minutes of action.
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Herb Jones
March 1, 2024 vs. Indiana Pacers
  • 📊 Tallied 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 2 steals
  • 🔒 Jones and the Pelicans held Tyrese Haliburton to zero points in 23 minutes of play. Haliburton went 0-of-7 from the field and only tossed out three assists.
  • Finished the game a +30.
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Herb Jones
Nov. 18, 2023 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 📊 Tied a career-high with 8 assists to go along with 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
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He covers every part of the floor, takes charges, is active on the ball, off the ball. He's elite. He'll be All-Defensive team this year for sure.

—CJ McCollum on Herb Jones' knack for blocking 3s

Defensively, it's unbelievable [to have Herb back]. He's active everywhere, from one end of the court to the other end of the court in two seconds. He's a great defender.

—Jonas Valanciunas on Herb Jones' impact

Herb's so key to our team. We’re putting him on (opposing) best players, no matter who they are, and he’s taking the challenge. He’s a special defensive player. His instincts are incredible.”

—Head Coach Willie Green

If this man is not 1st Team All-Defense I don't know what requirements you need to make it at that point...If I'm in war, I want him on my side.

—Zion Williamson

“He’s just a great defender. You could see his impact today because he wasn’t there the first game. I really admire that guy.”

-Luka Doncic

“Herb Jones is a monster. He’s one of my favorite players to watch and I don’t even like defense. I didn’t play defense.”

-JJ Redick on Herb Jones

“Herb does the dirty work.. & now you can sprinkle in that he’s shooting the 3 at a high clip. I don’t know what he does in the summer, but I will go out on a limb & say he works on his game. He enjoys playing defense, we need more of those guys in this league.”

-Jason Kidd on Herb Jones

Herb Jones guarding key opposing players:

Player (Team) Matchup Minutes PTS FGM FGA FG% TOV BLKS
Paul George (LAC) 15:53 19 7 21 33.30% 3 3
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC) 13:14 12 5 14 35.70% 1 1
Dejounte Murray (ATL) 11:16 4 2 10 20.00% 2 2
Terry Rozier (MIA) 10:31 12 5 13 38.50% 0 1
Lauri Markkanen (UTA) 10:26 7 2 12 16.70% 0 0
Tyrese Haliburton (IND) 10:08 4 2 6 33.30% 0 0
Malik Monk (SAC) 9:47 9 2 8 25.00% 1 2
Jerami Grant (POR) 8:04 10 3 8 37.50% 1 0
Fred VanVleet (HOU) 7:56 0 0 0 0.00% 1 0
James Harden (LAC) 7:37 0 0 2 0.00% 2 0
Jordan Poole (WAS) 7:18 8 3 8 37.50% 3 0
Michael Porter Jr. (DEN) 6:15 7 3 8 37.50% 0 0
Kawhi Leonard (LAC) 6:15 1 0 6 0.00% 0 0
Paolo Banchero (ORL) 5:46 7 3 8 37.50% 3 0
Immanuel Quickley (TOR) 5:30 2 0 0 0.00% 3 0
Trae Young (ATL) 5:18 0 0 2 0.00% 1 0
Jordan Clarkson (UTA) 5:04 3 0 7 0.00% 0 0
Harrison Barnes (SAC) 5:02 5 1 5 20.00% 0 0
Gary Trent Jr. (TOR) 4:56 2 1 4 25.00% 0 0
Cam Thomas (BKN) 4:46 0 0 3 0.00% 0 1
Jalen Williams (OKC) 4:42 4 1 3 33.30% 0 0
Keldon Johnson (SAS) 4:23 0 0 3 0.00% 1 0
Jalen Brunson (NYK) 4:14 4 1 3 33.30% 0 0
Reggie Jackson (DEN) 4:09 0 0 3 0.00% 0 0
Jamal Murray (DEN) 3:45 0 0 2 0.00% 0 0
Bones Hyland (LAC) 3:45 0 0 4 0.00% 0 0
Grayson Allen (PHX) 3:40 1 0 2 0.00% 0 0
Draymond Green (GSW) 3:39 0 0 0 0.00% 1 0
Devin Vassell (SAS) 3:39 0 0 0 0.00% 0 0
Josh Giddey (OKC) 3:28 2 1 4 25.00% 0 0
Keegan Murray (SAC) 3:12 0 0 0 0.00% 0 0
Cade Cunningham (DET) 3:10 2 1 6 16.70% 1 3
Caleb Martin (MIA) 3:09 2 0 4 0.00% 1 0
Bam Adebayo (MIA) 3:05 2 0 3 0.00% 0 0
Jrue Holiday (BOS) 3:02 0 0 1 0.00% 1 0
Nikola Jokić (DEN) 2:36 2 1 3 33.30% 1 0
Luka Dončić (DAL) 2:33 5 1 4 25.00% 0 1
Duncan Robinson (MIA) 2:30 0 0 2 0.00% 1 0
Josh Hart (NYK) 2:28 2 1 3 33.30% 1 0
Julius Randle (NYK) 2:27 0 0 2 0.00% 1 2
Alex Caruso (CHI) 2:12 0 0 4 0.00% 0 0
Myles Turner (IND) 2:10 4 0 1 0.00% 0 0
Dillon Brooks (HOU) 2:07 0 0 2 0.00% 0 0
Klay Thompson (GSW) 2:07 2 1 3 33.30% 0 0
Jalen Green (HOU) 2:01 2 1 4 25.00% 0 0
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