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.”