Born in Melbourne, Jonah Bolden is the son of Bruce Bolden who played 17 years in the NBL with the Eastside Spectres, Westside Saints, South East Melbourne Magic, Sydney Kings and West Sydney Razorbacks.
Jonah's basketball journey began in Sydney as he began playing at five years of age with the Bankstown Bruins. In 2013, Bolden made his Australian Junior Championships debut for New South Wales metro at the 2013 Under-18 national championships. Bolden led the NSW Metro team to a silver medal as he averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds per game.
Bolden's performance at the AJCs then helped him gain selection to the Australian team for the 2013 Under-19 FIBA World Championships where the Australians finished in fourth place.
Later that year, Bolden relocated to the USA to play high school basketball. Bolden's impressive play during 2013 eventually culminated in him committing to powerhouse college UCLA in December 2013 as a consensus four-star recruit.
Upon arriving at UCLA, Bolden red-shirted his freshman season. In Bolden's sophomore season, his sole season in the NCAA, he averaged 4.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Following his two year stint at UCLA, Bolden decided to turn professional and play for FMP Beograd in Serbia where he put up 12.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting the three-ball at a 41.9% clip.
After what was a largely successful season in Serbia, Bolden declared for the 2017 NBA draft where he selected 36th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers joining fellow Australian Ben Simmons. The Aussie pairing brought about a remarkable reunion, with Dave Simmons and Bruce Bolden having played together in the NBL for the Sydney Kings.
Following the draft, Bolden spent the 2017-18 season in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv where the forward averaged 6.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the EuroLeague, with the 76ers taking notice of the youngsters strong play.
In July 2018 Bolden signed with the 76ers, joining the team for the 2018-19 season. During his rookie season Bolden split time between the 76ers and their G-League affiliate the Delaware Blue Coats early in the season.
After stepping into the starting line-up mid-season in the absence of Joel Embiid, Bolden began to showcase his abilities at the NBA level as he solidified himself in the Philadelphia rotation for the remainder of the season.
Bolden finished his rookie season in the NBA having averaged 4.7 points 3.8 rebounds per game in 44 appearances, including a playoff run with Philadelphia who exited in the second round to eventual champions the Toronto Raptors.
In the off-season, Bolden joined the Australian Boomers selection camp for the FIBA World Cup. After impressing coaches in his first touching point with the senior mens national program, Bolden was selected to the final team to compete at the World Cup in China.
2016-17 - FMP Belgrade (Serbia)
2017-18 - Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
2018-current - Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
Israeli League Champion: 2018
Israeli League Cup Winner: 2017
ABA League Top Prospect: 2017