Orlando Magic Should Give DeQuan Jones a Closer Look

By John Raffel
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

It appears that DeQuan Jones is the latest of several Orlando Magic rookies trying to audition for future roster spots.

Jones didn’t do a bad job in his NBA performance Wednesday against a talented New York Knicks team. The rookie from Miami, has not been used much this season, but after watching him play against the Knicks, some might wonder why he hasn’t been utilized more.

Jones is among the players the Magic might as well give a lot of playing time to in the remaining weeks of the season and see if he has a future with the ball team. Against the Knicks, Jones saw 19 minutes of play and shot 4-of-5 from the floor and 1-1 in 3-pointers. He had one rebound and one assist and scored nine points. In his last three games, he has not had a turnover and that’s a very impressive stat to consider since he did see 28 minutes of action.

The Magic have used Jones in 50 games and started him 13 times. He’s averaging 12 minutes a game so that 19 he got against the Knicks was very unusual. He’s been averaging only 3.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, and has been shooting 43 percent from the floor. He definitely has been showing some potential.

It would appear Jones is a player the Magic might give more minutes to in future games just to figure out what they want to do with him for the future. They’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain to increase his minutes significantly in the final weeks of the season.

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