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OKC Thunder notebook: Perry Jones has 20 points in summer league finale

by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 11, 2014

Perry Jones had to get back to having fun.

So said Thunder assistant/summer league coach Darko Rajakovic.

“The first couple of games I was putting a lot of pressure on myself, telling myself that I have to do well,” said Jones. “And Darko talked to me before (the last) game and he told me that I need to just smile a little more. Just have fun out there. I’m doing something I love to do. Just have fun. Don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. And I took what he said and I ran with it.”

The advice helped lead to Jones assembling his best game in the Thunder’s Orlando Pro Summer League finale on Friday. Jones scored a team-high 20 points in the Thunder’s 103-98 win over Miami. He made seven of 11 shots and four of his six 3-point attempts. He added a game-high eight rebounds.

“I felt like I was having fun out there,” Jones said. “A lot of things came to me in the flow of the offense. So I appreciate Darko for what he was telling me and getting my head in the game.”

Jones raised eyebrows throughout the week with how much his 3-point shot has improved. In four games, Jones made nine of 19 3-pointers (47.4 percent).

“All the coaching staff,” Jones said when asked what he attributes his improvement to. “Working with me every day in the morning, every day in the afternoon after practice, whenever they can just working with me trying to get me comfortable shooting the 3-ball. On the move, on the catch, off the dribble, everything. It was just continuous work every day, and just being able to carry it over to the game shows me that my hard work is showing itself.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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