Jones, who starred at West Virginia, but was not drafted in 2012, played well in training camp for the Cavaliers and has shown some positive signs in the regular season games he has played in for the Wine and Gold.
The 6-8 forward has played in 15 games for the Cavaliers, and has averaged 1.9 points and 1.5 rebounds. He has only averaged nine minutes of playing time per game. He has shown some promise and had flashes where he has played very well, but Jones has not yet shown that he can be a consistent contributor in the NBA.
In Canton, Jones has played in five games and has averaged 23.6 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals, while playing 41 minutes a night.
Jones will get a chance to play more now with the Canton team so that he can keep gaining experience and keep improving as a player. The Cavaliers hope that as he keeps improving, he will be able to be more of a contributor in the NBA.
While he is in Canton, Jones will also be playing with a few other players who could be up with the Cavaliers this year, or with another team in the next few years.
One of these players is forward/center Arinze Onuaku, who is making some noise in the D-League and is on the league’s list of Top 10 prospects.
I should say first, though, that former Cavalier Luke Harangody is also on the list for the top prospects. The Cavaliers waived Harangody earlier this season, and he is now playing in the D-League in Fort Wayne and is doing well.
Onuaku, who is a solid 6-9 and 275 pounds, is standing out for the Charge. The former Syracuse player is averaging 14.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in Canton. He is shooting 56 percent from the field and is averaging a little more than one block per game.
His performance on the court has been getting Onuaku some attention in the D-League, and if he can keep up his strong play it’s a safe bet that he will be with the Cavaliers before the season is over.
On the negative side, Onuaku is a terrible free throw shooter who is only making 50 percent of his shots from the line, and he reportedly takes too many plays off. He also has had some knee problems during his college and professional career. He was a four-year player at Syracuse, but was not drafted in 2010. Since he left Syracuse, he has played in the D-League and overseas, and soon he could be in the NBA.
The Cavaliers need more post players, and fans need more hope that someone can come onto the roster and help give the team some more life and more wins. Onuaku is a player that Cavaliers fans should be watching for and hoping to see in Cleveland soon.