If you’ve read all of my RaptorBlog Draft Profiles so far, you know this script by now. Highly regarded potential 2011 Draft pick fails to live up to the hype, stays in school, fails to impress again in 2011-2012 season and has now seen his stock drop substantially.

This time, I’m talking about Perry Jones III.

Perry Jones III – 6’11, 234 lbs.

Baylor

Much like Terrence Jones (though even more naturally gifted than Terrence), Perry Jones III can pretty much do it all on a basketball court. He can run, jump and bang with the best of the 2012 NBA prospects. He’s a versatile near seven-footer that can score, can rebound and can certainly defend.

Unfortunately, more often than not, Jones leaves us with much to be desired. He’s far too passive for my liking, especially considering how dominant he can be on both ends of the floor with his size and skill set. He put up over 13 points and seven rebounds per game at Baylor, which is fine, but not for a guy who was supposed to be in the mix for the No. 1 overall spot.

Despite what he says, he seems content with merely being a guy instead of being the guy.

The catch is that this is okay, as long as you’re not expecting Perry to be a franchise-turning acquisition. Given what he’s been blessed with, I won’t be shocked at all to see him in an NBA All Star game one day, but he’s the type of player that will probably never be appreciated for what he is, and instead will be criticized for what he can be. In many ways, the comparison to Lamar Odom fits Jones perfectly.

On talent alone, Perry Jones III could be a top-two pick in the 2012 class, but his virtually non-existent motor makes him too much of a gamble for teams near the top of Draft to go all in on.

I think a team in the late lottery or mid-first round should definitely consider him, because a talent like this doesn’t come along too often, but I’ve nearly given up hope that he is worth a top-10 pick.

Comments (5)

  1. You never know, but he screams Anthony Randolph to me, and I’m not sure he’s even as talented as Randolph. I don’t see a lot of bball IQ, and combine that with the motor issue and I’m personally not interested.

    And as far as talent goes, I think a lot of people confuse athleticism with talent and/or “upside.” I think this is what happened with DeMar. Basketball talents are shooting, passing, rebounding, defending, ball handling, etc. Not sure where Jones has showed any special talent.

  2. PJ3 doesnt show special talent in any one thing but he shows that he can do a little of everything and this is a bad thing? I understand that a Jack of all trades is a master of none but isnt this where coaches earn their money? Isnt this when vets perform their duties as helping to turn young men into pros? Your right about people confusing athleticism with skill, but people also dont understand what its like to play in a ‘system’ . After high school once your playing at the collegiate level everybody can do what you can do and every player has to fit into the program. Could he have called for the ball more at key moments of the game, maybe, instead of passing it sometimes could he have jacked up a shot to pad the stats or put the team on his back, perhaps. But he had a good TEAM behind him, unlike a player like Damian Lillard. Miller and Acy were also first round projections as well and you can’t just take food away from a hungry dog, it doesnt work that way in the world we live in. If you compare PJ3 numbers to Rudy Gays coming out of college they are almost identicle. Why I like PJ3 for the raps is because they are trying to trade for Rudy Gay when they can get a potential clone for a lot cheaper price. If you watched his game tape of the 2010 Adidas camp you would see why people salivate over this kid. He literally plays like a SF. Prototypical Point Forward. He was getting T-Mac comparrissons for crying out loud. People also dont take into account Jones has been going through issues with his mothers health her being in and out of the hospital the last couple of years and that will take a toll on you mentally but by no means is an excuse for lack of production on the court. I say draft him, and bring in quality vets like Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady to help mould the studs we have into pros. Lord only knows what Rasual Butler and Anthony Carter was going to teach these guys

    • People forget that Rudy Gay had the exact kind of game and played the exact position out of college

    • Yup, the perfect veteran to bring in to motivate a talented but underachieving player is that scrappy overachiever Vince Carter. That guy brought his lunchpail to work every day.

  3. LMAOOOO Just watched the media awards and watched the guys from basketball jones steal the show….

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