OKC Thunder: Perry Jones remains confident after frustrating rookie season

As his name continued to tumble down the 2012 NBA Draft board, Jones saw the Thunder selecting at No. 28 and looked right past a young team loaded at his position.
by Anthony Slater Modified: October 12, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: October 11, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City's Perry Jones III (3) moves towards the basket during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Toronto Raptors at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.  Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Oklahoma City won 108-88. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Perry Jones III (3) moves towards the basket during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Toronto Raptors at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Oklahoma City won 108-88. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

He's been OK at times, like a 14-point, nine-rebound performance in the last game of his rookie season, when he got an opportunity with the stars sitting.

But in other showings, including the first two preseason games this year, Jones has been a bit too invisible for a player with his skills, combining for 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting but, more importantly, making few attention-grabbing plays during his 41 total minutes. 

Plus, his development has been stunted a bit each of the past two offseasons.

Summer league is a time when plenty of young players gain experience, gather confidence and begin to make a name for themselves.

But in two years, Jones has only played two summer league games, spraining his ankle during the event his rookie season and missing it entirely this past year, after undergoing an oral surgery that forced him out.

“I was mad, not going to lie, I really wanted to play,” Jones said. “I had been working hard in here. And I felt good going into summer league, but unfortunately things happen.”

Overall, Jones categorized his first year as frustrating, saying that “for any player, any rookie, who was a star in college and you come to the NBA and don't play, I mean, just your will to want to play, it's tough.”

But working with and having to defend Kevin Durant, he also called it productive. And at only 22, he still has a long career in front of him, with opportunities likely to await down the road, whether it's in Oklahoma City or elsewhere.

“I'm very confident I can (become a rotation player in this league),” Jones said. “My rookie season was tough. Hopefully this year is better, hopefully I continue to progress. But I am in high spirit and I am confident in myself.”


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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