Jones should be able to provide depth, which is badly needed on the team, and hopefully can also serve as a spark to a team that is in desperate need of a few wins.
The Cavs are currently just 4-14, and they have already sustained several key injuries this year. Star point guard Kyrie Irving is currently out with an injury and rookie guard Dion Waiters missed the team’s Monday game against the Detroit Pistons due to an injury.
It’s not known yet if Waiters will play on Wednesday in the Cavaliers game against the Chicago Bulls, but it looks like Jones should have the opportunity to get some minutes if Head Coach Byron Scott believes that he is ready.
The 6-8 forward played in five games so far this season for Cleveland’s D-League franchise, the Canton Charge, and scored an average of 23.6 points per game, currently third best in the league.
Jones is also averaging 12.6 rebounds, which is also the third best in the D-League, and 1.4 steals per game. In addition, Jones was in training camp with the Cavs and had the opportunity to play in some preseason games before he was one of the final three players cut from the roster.
Now Jones is up with the Cavaliers for the first time in the regular season, and it will be interesting to see if he can make an impact. Scott said on Tuesday that he was impressed with how well Jones did in his first practice with the team.
“He just has a nose for the ball,” Scott said, adding that Jones also has a nice jump shot. Scott said he did not know yet how he will use Jones in his rotation, but it sounded like he is planning on playing the former West Virginia Mountaineer.
The Cavaliers are currently doing a lot of good things and they have been close in most games, but they obviously need more players to step up and make a difference in order to help the team start winning more games. It seems likely that they will give Jones a chance now to see if he can become one of those players.
Jones, who was a very good college player, is not going to come into the NBA and suddenly be a star. He could, though, become a solid contributor off the bench, and that would help the Cavs a great deal right now.