But this is the kind of player that scares NBA general managers because he feels boom or bust. ESPN’s Chad Ford put it well once: “A” game and a “C” motor. That said he had to enter the draft because Jones is a lottery pick — DraftExpress has him going No. 9 overall — and he could make some GM look brilliant. Or get him fired.
When he is focused the 6-11, 235-pound forward is as good as anybody in this draft. He is long, athletic and can rebound and defend. But, really where he shines is his handles and perimeter game — he’s a four that could play the three.
Jones is a guy that can dazzle you one game then disappear into the background the next. In back-to-back games against quality opponents Memphis and Kansas in February he was a combined 3-20 shooting and had no real impacts on the game.
Interviews and individual workouts will matter here. The concern for NBA GMs is simply this: If this guy can coast and seem content in college, what happens when he gets millions in a rookie contract?
But he is in, and somebody is going to take a chance on him in the lottery.