Perry Jones III is one of those inexperienced players who will be bidding for playing time from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
But once he gets his chance, he has to start taking advantage of it. So far this season, he’s not doing this.
Jones, the Thunder’s first-round pick out of Baylor in 2012, has played in all three NBA regular season games for the Thunder with as low as seven minutes in one contest, and as high as 25 in another. When he played for seven minutes against the Utah Jazz, he was just 1-of-2 from the floor, but also 1-of-2 from the charity stripe and had three points. When he saw action for 25 minutes against the Minnesota Timberwolves, he didn’t take advantage, hitting 1-of-7 from the floor, that being a three-pointer, and wound up with three points once again.
For a small forward, those aren’t good numbers for Jones. The Thunder want him to come off the bench and play solid defense while scoring key points. He has an average of one block per game, so far. He split time between the NBA and D-League last season, and his impact for this year doesn’t look all that promising right now.
Jones did have a recent game when he showed some promise against the Phoenix Suns. He played 25 minutes, was 5-of-9 from the floor, 1-of-2 on three-pointers and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line for 12 points, three rebounds and one block. If he can have more games like that, he’ll be a major impact for the Thunder. But don’t count on it.