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Easily the most polarizing talent in the draft, Perry Jones has the ability to help himself more than any player in this draft.
As far as ability and natural talent is concerned, Jones is off the charts. He is a smooth athlete who can run the floor like a guard, take bigger players off the bounce and shoot over smaller players with ease.
The mechanics on his jumper leads many to believe his shot will improve at the next level and his length, agility and leaping ability should enable him to be an adequate defender in the NBA.
Of course, Jones’ fortunes have never been a question of ability. It has been a question of motivation.
Jones has always put up great numbers, but has never seemed to take the proverbial “bull by the horns” and consistently dominate. Many point to Baylor’s inability to use him on the perimeter, which seems to be where he is more comfortable playing.
However, his lack of consistent aggressiveness cannot simply be explained away by a position switch.
Plain and simple, Jones needs to show he WANTS to be successful. Scouts will no doubt be seduced by his “measurables," but his level of effort will persuade executives that they are drafting the next Tracy McGrady as opposed to the next Charlie Villanueva.
Ping-pong balls will go a long way in determining where Jones goes, of course. With a strong showing at the small forward position, however, do not be surprised if he goes in the top five to the Cavaliers or Raptors, since both teams are looking to hit a home run in June.