Oklahoma City Thunder: What does the future hold for Perry Jones III?

Is there possibly a more concealed existence than being Kevin Durant's backup?
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: June 2, 2013
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photo - Perry Jones during Thunder Media Day photos on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Perry Jones during Thunder Media Day photos on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

In the preseason, Jones played six games, averaged 21.4 minutes, 9.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and shot 57.1 percent from the floor.

In the regular season, Jones had 38 appearances, averaged 7.4 minutes, 2.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and shot 39.4 percent from the floor.

Jones did make 19 starts (15 in the regular season) with the Tulsa 66ers in the Developmental League, where he had some bright moments.

— Against the Canton Charge on Dec. 28, Jones had a career-high 26 points and shot 11 for 16 from the field.

— Against the Texas Legends on Jan. 5, Jones had 25 points and 16 rebounds, although it came in a 36-point loss at home.

— In a series-clinching playoff victory against Canton on April 14, Jones had 20 points, seven rebounds and shot 8 for 12 from the field in his finale with the 66ers.

“It was great,” Jones said of his time in Tulsa. “It had me prepared for a lot of games. When coaches put me in I was ready to play, because in the D-League it's a lot of older guys. It's just like playing in the NBA. There's a lot of good guys in the D-League. There's just not enough space in the NBA.”



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