I will be going through a series on some college players that could be a fit with the Hornets. To start off, I’m going to scout Perry Jones III, the 6-11 power forward from Baylor.
Physical: Jones has fantastic height for the power forward position, at 6 foot 11, as tall as most NBA centers. He has long arms, a la Kevin Durant. He runs the floor well, and has great athleticism. He has the size and tools to swing between Small Forward, Power Forward, and Center.
Offensive: Jones is a good scorer now, and has the potential to score in a variety of ways. He does tend to disappear in games, which shouldn’t happen with a player of his caliber, who is one of the best, if not the best player on the court. He does a good job of getting to the rim, and can knock down a midrange jumper. He also has good potential in the pick-and-roll game. He’s been used increasingly in post-up situations, and he’s been fairly effective for not having the girth of other, heavier forwards. He can also rebound well on the offensive glass because of his leaping ability. He is also a fantastic dribbler for a big, and beats other big men easily with his nasty first step. Jones’ offensive game needs polish, but he has the potential to have a great offensive arsenal.
Defensive: Obviously, the weakest part of Jones’ game is his defense. He doesn’t rebound well enough for a player with his size/athleticism. On defense, he doesn’t block enough shots or get enough steals. He also shies away from contact, and isn’t much of a hustle player.
Overall: Jones is one of the best prospects in this year’s draft. He could have a top flight jump shot for a power forward. In that part of his game he could have a bit of David West in him. I also see Rudy Gay, in terms of passing and athleticism. I may be a little too high on him, (I thought about comparing him to Kevin Durant, but recanted) and I think he has the ability to grow into a top 5 power forward in the NBA.