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OKC Thunder: Perry Jones III dazzles in Orlando Pro Summer League

The former Baylor star scored 16 points and may have been the best player in any game Monday
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 9, 2012

Typically, that type of transition score is the other way around.

“Perry showed some flashes of a really doggone good player,” said Thunder summer league coach Mark Bryant. “I think he's going to be a pretty good player in this league. He put the ball on the ground a little bit, showed some flashes that he can get to the hole. The young guy has a lot to learn, but he can play. He definitely can play.”

Jones wasn't credited for an assist for the setup to Buycks, something that didn't go unnoticed.

“I had no assists. I was upset,” Jones said. “But I just want to do everything through the flow of the offense. Hopefully I get some more assists.”

Bryant has his reasons to believe they, too, will come.

“He can make some passes,” Bryant said. “You guys haven't really seen him make passes yet. He's a pretty good passer. He's going to be a pretty special player when it's all said and done.”

How special?

“I'm not saying he's Lamar Odom yet,” Bryant said, “but he seems like he could be that type of player.”

Remember, in his prime Odom was a double-double machine and a triple-double threat, averaging between 15 and 17 points, along with nine to 10 rebounds and anywhere between three and five assists in his best seasons.

When asked about that comparison, though, Jones modestly, and maybe wisely, shunned such talk.

“I don't know,” he said. “I can't say.”

But versatile, Jones said, is what he wants to be.

“Hopefully you see a lot of that,” Jones said. “But also, it's what the coach wants and what the team needs. If they want me to do those types of things then I'm willing to do it. But I just want to be able to contribute the best way I can. If they don't need me to do any of that then I'm more than fine with it as long as I'm able to help the team.”

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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