Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones III scores team-best 14 points, but OKC loses at Utah

The rookie continues to make an impact — even though he has a tendency to get lost on the court.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: October 12, 2012 at 11:53 pm •  Published: October 12, 2012
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photo - Walker Russell, right, laughs with Perry Jones while waiting for their next interview during media day for the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team at the Thunder Events Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Walker Russell, right, laughs with Perry Jones while waiting for their next interview during media day for the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team at the Thunder Events Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Brooks, however, isn't quite sold on Jones jacking up so many 3s.

“He's definitely working on that,” Brooks said. “We like guys that can spread the floor. But you don't want that to be his bread and butter shot because if you live on that line, that line is hard to (hit from) consistently for 82 games. But his versatility is what we like. He's able to get buckets around the basket, tip-ins, drop-off passes and from running the floor. But definitely, if he can make that shot that's an added bonus.”

Study how Jones defends and you'll come away just as impressed.

Against the Jazz, there was a possession where Jones closed out to Marvin Williams on the wing, impeded his drive, forced a pass and then rotated out to Gordon Hayward as soon as Williams dished it off.

Those six seconds showed why Jones lists his feet as his best asset.

“That's what coach expects out of everybody on the team,” Jones said. “We're just trying our best to make the extra effort on defense. That's what he wants us to do, so that's what I've been doing.”

The biggest messages Jones said his teammates are trying to impress upon him during the games is staying aggressive, shooting the open shot and spacing out.

So far, the rookie hasn't had a problem doing any of the three — particularly the part about aggression.

“Once again, the motor question,” said Reggie Jackson, who started in place of a resting Russell Westbrook. “I don't really know who started that, but the kid plays hard.”

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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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