Over the next week, Josh Robbins and I will evaluate the 2012-13 seasons of each player who finished on the Magic roster.
Our series taking a look at all 14 players continues:
2012-13 stats: 12.41 mpg, 43.6 fg%, 25.7 3p%, 66.7 ft%, 3.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.3 apg
Background: Jones came into training camp as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Miami and made the team. He played in 63 games, making 17 starts, benefitting from the Magic’s rebuilding status and injuries to other players.
Strengths: One of the club’s best athletes, along with Moe Harkless, Jones is a tremendous leaper and can cover ground. Coach Jacque Vaughn took an extensive look at him in the month of January, giving Jones nine starts. He scored 11 points on 5-of-7 attempts and had five rebounds and a block against the Denver Nuggets during his stretch of starts.
Needs to improve: Jones is a better athlete than a basketball player at the moment. He’s a raw talent who needs to improve his shooting and overall fundamentals. The Magic likely will take another look at him during summer-league games.
The future: Jones made about $475,000 last season and is a free agent. He could be in the mix of wing players, although Harkless seems to have established himself as the small forward at this point. Power forward Tobias Harris can also play small-forward minutes, and if the Magic draft another forward, Jones could be looking for work elsewhere.