Known as the "Thrilla From Camilla", he played competitive high school basketball in the tiny town of Camilla, Georgia. He spent two years at the University of Georgia, becoming the first sophomore to lead the SEC in scoring since Vern Fleming in 1984. Additionally, he was the first sophomore in school history to score 1,000 points since Dominique Wilkins did so in 1981. That year, he was also selected to represent the U.S. at the 1998 Goodwill Games. On the 1998 Goodwill Games Team, Jones started alongside future 1999 NBA Overall 1st pick Elton Brand.
Declaring himself eligible for the 1999 NBA draft, he was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 27th overall pick, but he was immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, where he spent two years. On December 30, 1999, against the Portland Trail Blazers, Jones became a part of NBA history when he scored the final basket of the 1990s. As the 76ers became the 2001 Eastern Conference champions, Jones started throughout the postseason after current starter George Lynch went down with an injury, including the 2001 NBA Finals, in which the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the 76ers in five games. Jones best game of the 2001 NBA Finals run came in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semis against the Vince Carter led Toronto Raptors. Jones played 31 minutes going 6-9 from the field and tallying 16 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist.
He then played two years with the Cleveland Cavaliers, before being traded to the Boston Celtics. In Boston, he suffered an injury early into the season and limited his appearances. In 2004, he was sent to the Los Angeles Lakers, but only when the deal was renegotiated after Gary Payton initially refused to report to the Celtics. On October 26, 2005, Jones was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for a future second-round draft pick. On August 31, 2006, he signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Suns. Jones was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New Jersey Nets on October 1, 2007, but he was waived later that month.
He signed a one-year contract with Basket Napoli on October 24, 2007. With Napoli, Jones averaged 17.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. On July 21, 2008, Jones signed a contract with PBC Ural Great Perm of the Russian Basketball Super League. With Ural, Jones averaged 7.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists.
In July 2009, he signed a contract with Juvecaserta Basket. In July 2011, he signed with Victoria Libertas Pesaro. In 2012, he joined Bnei Herzliya of Israel. In 2013, he signed with the Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rico.
He also had a small stint with Lebanese Basketball League powerhouse Sagesse Club Beirut.
In September 2013, he signed a one-year deal with Levski Sofia.
On December 3, 2014 he signed with Mexican team Titánicos de León.