In his first two seasons, despite extremely limited playing time, Perry Jones had some promising performances.
The best came in a Thunder win in Miami this past January, when Jones played 30 minutes, hit an important 3-pointer and guarded LeBron James most of the second half.
But they’ve been few and far between. On a roster loaded with talent, he hasn’t received many chances. And he hasn’t done enough with those limited ones to earn more.
So this sets up as an important offseason for Jones, with Nick Collison’s game declining and some playing time potentially up for grabs. And it started off well, with a strong performance in the summer league.
But a setback came on Monday afternoon, when it was announced that Jones underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks, which means he should still be ready for training camp. But as he angles for opportunity and needs to show improvement, Jones will be on the mend for an important developmental period.
And quietly for Jones, this has become a bit of a theme throughout the early stages of his professional career. He hasn’t had any injury problems during the season.
But all three offseasons have come with health issues.