I’d like to make an announcement regarding this year’s NBA draft in particular towards a player who rates high on people’s boards…
Ladies and gentlemen Perry Jones III is not worth your lottery pick, as a matter of fact Perry Jones III is basura (Spanish word for trash).
After watching him in extended action this year I have come to the conclusion that the man that was projected to be a top 5 pick last year isn’t worth a top 15 pick on my board.
Jones III has all of the physical attributes a player should have. He’s 6’11” with handles, an NBA ready body with the ability to go inside or outside. At first glance he looks like the evolution of Kevin Durant, a nightmare of a matchup for a coaching staff. He’s too big for a small forward to guard and too fast for a power forward. He should be a monster, instead he’s a mess.
On a Baylor team that many had projected to be a Final Four contender this year Jones III was supposed to be its catalyst. Instead Jones III is the fourth best player on his team behind Quincy Acy, Quincy Miller and Pierre Jackson.
He doesn’t have Miller’s skill set, he doesn’t have Jackson’s tenacity, he doesn’t have Acy’s tenacity… Jones III is just a glorified role player.
The reason why Baylor has tumbled in the rankings in recent weeks is because of its inability to win tough games. Baylor has lost all four games against their fellow Big 12 top dogs Kansas and Missouri and lost to a suddenly hot Kansas State team on Saturday. In each game the Bears seemed overmatched and couldn’t seem to muster up any type of fight.
Most surprising of all is that it was Jones III that seemed to be the biggest sheep of them all.
To say Jones III has come up small when Baylor has needed him most is an understatement. Outside of the 18 he scored against Kansas in their first meeting, Jones III has scored a total of 21 points in the other 4 Baylor losses… That’s 5.2 ppg against two of the top five teams in the country and one of the teams in the Big 12.
More than numbers it’s been Jones III’s demeanor that really worries me. Plain and simple when the game gets tight Jones III gets tighter. Even in Monday’s close win over Texas Jones III seemed distant and wary of contact in the late going. He’s not a guy that’s built for the big moment. In the words of Mobb Deep that gets shook.
If I’m Scott Drew and I need a big shot late I would draw one up for Miller or Jackson. Those guys have the sack to take a big shot and live up to the moment. Jones would rather play the background
Is this a big deal for Baylor? After all of the hype I don’t think this is a Final Four squad. They’re not deep enough and haven’t shown that they can beat a tough opponent that could make them a contender. Right now they’re a Sweet 16 team at best.
If they can show out in the Big 12 tournament and win it then my mind could be changed, but right now they have work to do.
Jones III has the most work to do of anyone though. The one-time player of the year candidate and once thought of top ten pick is sliding and fast.
My advice to him is to man up and be what everyone thinks you are, a star player who NBA GM’s want to build around.
Because right now I see Jones III backing up Marshon Brooks in New Jersey instead of leading them to the playoffs.