2011 NBA Mock Draft: Is Perry Jones Next Big Star for the Toronto Raptors?
The 2011 NBA Draft is about potential. Sure, you draft on what you have seen out of players so far, but you also have to predict what they will be at the next level. There is no such thing as a sure thing, so every player entering the draft has potential. It is up to every team to determine who has the most potential to help lead their team in the future.
Teams may have only seen one season out of Perry Jones from Baylor, but it was enough to prove to them that he is a likely top five pick in June.
Jones would fit perfectly into the system the Toronto Raptors run, and he could be a very quick contributor. Maybe not as a rookie, but the skill set is there for him to have a very promising NBA career.
Chad Ford of ESPN says that while Jones has a ton of potential, he still has his flaws.
Ford points out that "NBA coaches won't need him to play in the middle, and a few open-minded ones might even let him play some guard. His athleticism and skill level for a big man is what puts him in the conversation for the No. 1 pick. But make no mistake: Overall, it's been a disappointing freshman season for Jones. Scouts worry about his drive, his development and his toughness."
Still, everyone needs to remember that it was just one season. he finished the year with a very good field goal percentage, and his potential is through the roof.
Fran Fraschilla of ESPN also noted that Jones has some downside, but also noted how great he could be with some seasoning and the right coaching.
"I live in Dallas, and last spring I saw Jones work out quite a bit," wrote Fraschilla. "He has a tremendous basketball body. He's 6-foot-10, 230 pounds -- might still be growing -- and he can handle the ball like a forward or a guard. He has a tremendous work ethic and attitude, as well."
Ultimately, Jones is a risk. But can anyone name one player who is not, at least to some extent? His risk will not outweigh the possible reward for one NBA team, and the Raptors could make the most sense.
For more on the draft and some possible first round selections, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Cavaliers Featured Columnist Jesse Dorsey, who previews the NBA Draft 2011: Has Jimmer Fredette Worked His Way Into the Top 10?
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