Detroit Pistons Draft Targets: Terrence Jones, Kentucky

Jay Wierenga@@JayWierengaCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 01:  Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats dribbles the ball during the game against Georgia Bulldogs at Rupp Arena on March 1, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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This is the latest in my series discussing potential draft targets for the Detroit Pistons.

For my previous installments, click on my profile page.

My Take

I have been putting off talking about Terrence Jones for a few months now in the hopes that he would show me something that I hadn't seen all year, but that hasn't happened yet.

I do think he is probably going to have a very good tournament, and when he does he will surely springboard into the top 10 discussion.

When watching Kentucky games, it is hard not to see Jones. He is a big kid (6'9, 240lbs) with excellent athleticism and very good form on his perimeter jumper.

He wears his size well, and could project as a power forward at the next level.

He also has a lot of skill, as evidenced by his five games of 19 or more points this season. When he is motivated, he is a very good player.

But that last sentence is the key: when he is motivated.

If you watch Kentucky games, you will be very struck by Jones' play. He is perhaps the most inconsistent player on his team, and it's not just because he plays with a talented group of players.

When Jones doesn't get his number called early in the game, it completely saps him of all energy on both ends of the court for the rest of the contest. I would go so far as to call him a lazy player.

He has all the talent in the world, but his body language screams "disinterested".

He routinely fails to hustle on defense despite his great athleticism, and he often finds himself out of position on the glass.

The next time you watch a Kentucky game, take turns comparing Anthony Davis and Jones. Davis always spaces himself right on offense, and takes the right path to the ball on the boards.

On defense, Davis will challenge most shots, and always is in the right spot for the defensive board.

He truly makes it easy on his teammates.

Now look at Jones. He saunters for rebounds, turns into a black hole on offense, and settles too often for the outside jumper.

There is no denying his talent, but I don't think he has the mental toughness to make it with most NBA teams.

In a lot of ways, he reminds me of a smaller, less talented DeMarcus Cousins.

Scouts Take By ESPN

Projection Late Lottery Pick
  • Versatile, athletic wing
  • Huge 7-foot-2.5 wingspan
  • Can play 3 to 4 positions on the floor
  • Lefty, is a terrific ball handler
  • Is an excellent passer
  • Can score from anywhere on the floor
  • Much improved rebounder
  • Some mechanics issues with his shot
  • Needs to spend more time in the post
  • Can fall in love with the 3-pointer
  • Demonstrates poor body language
  • Inconsistent motor

How He Fits Detroit

Jones has the athleticism to play either the three or the four, depending on how he develops his post game and defense.

He probably is more of a three trapped in a four's body, but since Detroit needs help at both spots, that's okay.

Jones needs to be on a team with strong characters and leadership that will hold him accountable. Detroit certainly has that with their young core.

What I don't like is that he tends to camp out on the perimeter, which as a three would be okay, but as a four would be frustrating.

His lack of consistency scares me, and so too does his tendency to get sullen when he doesn't get the touches he wants on offense.

That being said, he is your classic Joe Dumars pick. He is truly a high risk/high reward guy that could either plummet like a rock, or flourish in the right system.

Personally, I think that this draft is too deep and the stakes are too high to take a chance on someone that has so much risk attached to him.

But if he pans out, Dumars could look like a genius again.


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