Oklahoma City Thunder: Where does Perry Jones III fit in next season?

The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Perry Jones III.
by Berry Tramel and Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Published: June 13, 2014

The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Perry Jones III.

What about Perry Jones III this season left the biggest impression on you, for better or worse?

Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: His dunks in the layup line. Seriously. The dude put on a show before almost every game, throwing down jams that were so insane his teammates often shook their heads in disbelief. It made me ask two questions: will we soon see PJ3 in a dunk contest (he told me this season that he wants to be in next year’s), and why doesn’t that jaw-dropping athleticism carry over in games? The second question obviously is more significant. We know Jones has amazing athletic ability. But after two years, we’re still waiting on it to turn into something. I’m beginning to wonder if it ever will in OKC.

Anthony Slater, Thunder beat writer: Beside those aforementioned layup line dunks — which were ridiculous — I’d go with the improved 3-point shot. Since his days at Baylor, Jones has steadily stretched out his range. And in limited time, he flashed it this season, making 21 of his 66 attempts, a solid conversion rate. And he looks comfortable in those corners, which has become such a crucial shot in the NBA.

Berry Tramel, Columnist: Oh, I suppose his 3-point shot, which was actually decent. I mean, the biggest thing that stands out about Perry Jones is his lack of motor. But that stood out last year in limited play and stood out this year when he got a bigger chance. The guy just doesn’t have a high-speed mode. If he ever did flip the switch, the Thunder would have themselves a ballplayer.

How do you see Jones developing, and where do you see him fitting in next season?

Mayberry: Oddly enough, while we’re all looking for the Thunder to go out and get a “3-and-D” guy, Jones has the potential to develop nicely into just that. He’s got the size, length and quickness, and he flaunted a much improved shooting stroke this season, especially from the corners. If he can supply those things with regularity, I don’t think it’s a stretch to think Jones can be a fixture in the nine-man rotation, perhaps even someone who starts stealing minutes from Nick Collison next season. But it’ll take a lot of hard work.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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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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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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