Before Wednesday night’s 137-101 beatdown on the Lakers, 2015 Ballislife All-American Game Dunk Champion and 2017 NBA Dunk (champion?) Derrick Jones Jr only had two made field goals in six games this season and neither of them were dunks. I jokingly told a friend if Jones makes it to the finals (which he should) of this Saturday’s dunk contest then he will have twice as many made shots in the event than he has in his NBA career.
But, against the struggling Lakers, Jones celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring a career-high six points on three for three shooting. No surprise, two of those three shots were dunks. They weren’t good enough for me to overhype and say it’s a preview of Saturday night but I will say it’s a preview of what you will be seeing a lot more of in Phoenix. With his athletic ability, I believe his ceiling is high enough for him not to touch and that’s saying a lot.
Speaking of potential and guys who look like they should eat as much gumbo and beignets as possible at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans this weekend, watching Brandon Ingram guard Jones amused me as much as Shawn Bradley and the late Manute Bol battling in the paint in the early 90s.