Nobody in a million years projected Perry Jones III of Baylor to make it very far out of the lottery during Thursday night’s 2012 NBA Draft. How he made it all the way to the 28th overall pick is very surprising, but the Oklahoma City Thunder aren’t complaining.
Jones was easily one of the most talented prospects coming out of this year’s draft, but labels such as “soft” and “lazy” forced his stock to plummet. With that said, Thunder head coach Scott Brooks isn’t complaining.
“[We] felt very comfortable making this selection at 28,” he said. “We looked at all the information that we had available, and we wouldn’t have selected him unless we felt comfortable with all the information.”
Jones fits the mold of what Oklahoma City likes in it’s players. He’s a versatile athlete who can play on the wing but also can post up and get his points on the interior.
Assistant general manager Troy Weaver feels Jones has vast potential.
“We won’t pigeonhole him,” Weaver said of Jones’ future position. “We think he can play anywhere on the front line. He’s a versatile player. The coaches will handle that. But we see his versatility as a strength.”
If Jones can become the player many expect, the Thunder just got even better.
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