Detroit Pistons Draft Targets: Perry Jones, Baylor

Jay Wierenga@@JayWierengaCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2012

LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 16:  Thomas Robinson #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks and Perry Jones III #1 of the Baylor Bears box out during the game on January 16, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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This is the fourth in my series of potential Detroit Pistons draft targets. The first three were Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond and Thomas Robinson.

My Take

Perry Jones is an interesting talent.

On the one hand, he shows explosiveness that could make him an elite prospect.

On the other hand, he shows some serious lapses of concentration and intensity.

On the one hand, he has the size that drives NBA executives wild.

On the other hand, he doesn't always play like he knows it.

Simply put, Jones is quite the enigmatic talent. He shows glimpses of a player that certainly could be a game-changer, but too often he looks ordinary.

Personally, I like my big men to play like big men. I want power forwards that take up space, block shots and get rebounds. I want them to be able to play with their back to the hoop on offense and generate easy baskets for their teammates.

Jones does not appear to be that player. More than anything, he plays like a guard trapped in a big man's body.

To be fair, as a freshman he did not have solid guards to help initiate the offense. And true, it is a good thing for your big men to have versatility. But this year he does have solid guards to initiate the offense, and too often he gets lost in the shuffle.

Too many fans are going to get caught up in watching Jones' highlights and thinking that that is the player that they are getting. He really isn't. If you sit down and watch a Baylor game, plenty of players will jump out at you. But you will struggle to see the type of contribution that you will see from Thomas Robinson from Kansas or Anthony Davis from Kentucky.

If you draft Jones, you are drafting him based on his potential. But the problem with potential is that it doesn't always get realized. And this draft is so deep, you don't want to miss out on someone that could help your franchise for years to come.

The last time we were in this type of position in a deep draft, we drafted based on potential, and we ended up with Darko Milicic.

Jones has amazing talent, but I don't know if he will be a game-changing talent at the next level.

Scout's Take By ESPN

Projection Top 5 Pick
  • Versatile forward can do it all
  • Great size, length, athleticism
  • Elite leaping ability
  • Runs the floor like a deer
  • Can score from anywhere on the floor
  • Good rebounder and shot-blocker
  • Plays hard but can be passive
  • Doesn't dominate the way his talent suggests
  • Very uneven in his performance

How He Fits Detroit

Jones, given his propensity to play on the perimeter, would be considered a stretch four or even a small forward.

Despite being nearly 7 feet tall and 240lbs, he only averages a little bit more than 13 points and seven rebounds per game.

He doesn't block many shots, and he doesn't intimidate on that end of the floor.

Sadly, I don't see Jones making an immediate impact for this team. He doesn't help considerably on defense, and he doesn't do a ton for this team offensively.

The Pistons have plenty of perimeter players. Their need right now is down low. They need a player that can take some pressure off of Greg Monroe on the defensive end of the court, and someone that can contribute easy buckets on the offensive end.

Jone really is not that type of player. Could he become that player? Sure, anything is possible.

But take a look at a different player's numbers as a sophomore in college that plays a similar game to Jones: 13.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.8 blocks per game.

Now take a look at Jones' numbers: 14.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.9 blocks.

The first player was Charlie Villanueva.

Now, this is not to say that Jones and Villanueva are the same player. Jones is more athletic. But they both play the same type of game, and they both are too soft given their size to rebound as poorly as they do.

Jones is not a good fit for Detroit at this time.


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