DeQuan Jones Will Have To Earn His Orlando Magic Roster Spot All Over Again

By John Raffel
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Some members of the Orlando Magic organization are confident that DeQuan Jones has a bright future with the NBA franchise.

That might be so but he’ll have to prove it in a hurry, perhaps during the summer and at the Magic’s preseason camp.

Jones had a very uneventful rookie season in averaging 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds a game. He didn’t take the season by storm but he did enough for everyone to consider him still a potential NBA prospect.

The potential is definitely there, but Jones will have to improve his aggressiveness and hunger to mix things up with the opposition in a major way. As a forward, he’ll have to battle for some spots next year. It’s not going to be automatic.

The Magic especially want to find forwards that can play excellent defense. Jones appears to be so-so on that front. He saw action in 63 games last season and an average of 12.7 minutes per outing, shooting 43.6 percent from the floor and 25.7 percent in 3-pointers.

In a game at the Chicago Bulls in early April, Jones got his most minutes of the season with 36. That’s when a player needs to shine. But he was 3-of-11 from the floor for only 10 points and had two rebounds.

His status for the Magic is very iffy next year. But he can still make it with an impressive preseason. He earned his roster spot with a fine 2012-13 preseason, which included a 22-point game against the Detroit Pistons. It appears he’ll have shine at that time again.


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