2011 NBA Mock Draft: Perry Jones Could Star for Sacramento Kings in Anaheim
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 Sacramento Kings 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. Actually, some view him as a sort of project for the first couple of seasons.
Chad Ford of ESPN says that while Jones has a ton of potential, he still has his flaws as he works on improving his overall game.
"NBA coaches won't need him to play in the middle, and a few open-minded ones might even let him play some guard," says Ford. "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."
It kind of amazes me that so many negative attributes can be associated with a player who is still being considered as a top overall pick. Is Jones still a safe selection than this early in the draft?
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 Kings could make the most sense as they prepare to move down the road to Anaheim.
For more on the 2011 NBA Draft, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Correspondent Jason Heim, who takes a look at the 2011 NBA Mock Draft: Which Wildcat Goes First, Brandon Knight or Terrence Jones?
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