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OKC Thunder's Perry Jones makes most of playing time

by Anthony Slater Published: November 26, 2013


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

The job description for Kevin Durant's backup doesn't include a great deal of opportunity.

And a solidified rotation around the superstar basically nullifies any chance at fringe minutes.

So it's been a relatively anonymous first 17 months for Perry Jones as a professional, serving as little more than a practice body for the Thunder.

But recently, the second-year forward out of Baylor has received a bump in playing time. Scott Brooks has shown a willingness to go deep into his rotation this season, and Jones is one of the key beneficiaries.

 “Patience is the key,” Jones said. “I know I put a lot of hard work at the gym, so all I have got to do is be ready when coach calls my name.”

 This season, Jones has appeared in 10 of OKC's 12 games, averaging 3.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.4 minutes.

 But it has been his activity and improved 3-point range that have impressed the Thunder.

 “I've liked his minutes all year long,” Brooks said. “They fluctuate from game to game, but he understands his role right now as a utility man.”

 On Sunday against the Jazz, Jones had his best performance as a pro, scoring 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range.

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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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