Which makes it a little weird that Olshey used the MLE on a one-year contract. Airplane mode activated. Portland Trail Blazers swingman Derrick Jones Jr. is flying all over the place during their matchup with the San Antonio Spurs. Miami Heat high-flyer Derrick Jones Jr. left the Indiana Pacers game on Friday on a stretcher. This is one of two corner threes that Jones hit against Utah. Derrick Jones, Jr. Soars with the Trail Blazers. We’ve already talked extensively about how great Gary Trent is, so I want to focus on Jones. He’s a solid defender, and he’s shown how good he can be early on. Playoffs Game Log. Let’s take a look at what the best version of Derrick Jones Jr. looks like. Third, it was a block on LeBron James! If defenders have to suddenly respect his outside shooting, then that gives him more opportunities to sneak past them for lobs and easy layups. Derrick Labrent Jones Jr. Twitter: TheRea1DJones (Airplane Mode Jones) Position: Small Forward Shoots: Left 6-5, 210lb (196cm, 95kg) Team: Portland Trail Blazers. McCollum has broken foot, out for Trail Blazers at least 4 weeks . Against the Lakers he racked up three blocks, including these nasty ones on LeBron. He signed for the full mid-level exception (MLE) for one season with a player option for a second year. Derrick Jones Jr.: "Once we get [Dame] going everybody else gets going too" Derrick Jones Jr. talks to media following an impressive victory over the Knicks on Sunday. NBA Twitter reacts to LeBron James getting blocked by Derrick Jones Jr. That’s something only Gary Trent Jr. and maybe Trevor Ariza could’ve done last year. Nurk has great touch on these floating passes, and he can deliver accurate balls to Jones pretty easily when he’s cutting from the corner. His shot probably won’t get much better. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. As great as he has been scoring at the rim, his outside scoring has not been strong. The Portland Trail Blazers look to bounce back after several days off. But when you watch closely what he’s done in these opening games, you start getting a feel for what he’s brought so far and what he could bring in the future. Dime Derrick Jones Jr. doing what he does best ️ (via @trailblazers) t.co 01/14 04:07 am • Read on Twitter James Ham Starters: SAC De’Aaron Fox Buddy Hield Harrison Barnes Marvin Bagley III Richaun Holmes POR Damian Lillard CJ McCollum Derrick Jones Jr. Robert Covington Jusuf Nurkic 01/14 02:23 am • Read on Twitter That’s really the hope with Jones. Per Nick DePaula of ESPN, the shoe is meant to commemorate his 50-point game and series-ending three. Hood may want, and be in competition for that starting job. The Miami Heat’s entire 2019-20 roster won’t be returning. Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. pulled off a stupid move Thursday during a 130-116 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. On the other hand, it’s also possible that Jones Jr. doesn’t improve much from last season and is barely in the playoff rotation. Born: February 15, 1997 in Chester, Pennsylvania us. Take this play for example. But his athleticism is so great that he’ll always have moments like the second clip. shares. Blazers Barely Avoid Collapse in Victory Over Knicks. Here’s another baseline dunk for your viewing pleasure. Here are 3 reasons why we love this signing. Is Derrick Jones Jr. part of the long-term plan? pic.twitter.com/xHb0IFtpf3. Derrick Jones Jr. takes flight It was a rough night for the Blazers without Damian Lillard, although a signature dunk from offseason acquisition made the game worth watching if you are a Portland fan. He only had five points while shooting 1 of 9 from the field. On the lob above, Lillard did exactly that. The second play isn’t too dissimilar from the first block. Derrick Jones Jr. emerged as the champion of the 2020 NBA AT&T Slam Dunk contest on Saturday night at Chicago's United Center, and he won more than a trophy. If Terry Stotts can find a way to unlock that version of Jones often enough, his Portland tenure will be just fine. The Portland Trail Blazers signed free agent forward Derrick Jones Jr to a two-year $21 million deal when free agency opened. Injuries, Andre Iguodala, Derrick Jones, Miami Heat. Derrick Jones Jr. – Wing/Big, University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) 23 years old, 6’6” 210 pounds, 7’0” wingspan DRAFT: Undrafted, signed with Phoenix as an undrafted rookie in 2016. His more substantive on-court impact, however, is still open for discussion. From NBA Twitter and media reports. Led by Damian Lillard’s 39 points, the Trail Blazers did just enough to escape Sunday’s game against the Knicks with a victory. The thing that literally jumps off the screen is how dang high Derrick Jones Jr. gets. Jones first signed a two-way contract with Miami during the 2017-18 season. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. The Trail Blazers almost blew a huge lead, but hung on to beat New York at home. Derrick Jones Jr. (Portland Trail Blazers) with a dunk vs the Minnesota Timberwolves, 01/07/2021 Basketball fans are well accustomed to Derrick Jones Jr.’s high-flying exploits, even before his move to the Blazers. After going undrafted in 2016, he worked his way on … Derrick Jones Jr. slid in my insta DMs 4 years ago and asked for my number and I didn’t give it to him bc I had a boyfriend…welp, my ex ended up being a lying piece of shit and Derrick Jones ended up winning the NBA Dunk Contest so you could say I messed up… — Brittany … Jones cut down the lane like he was going to go for the dunk , elevated and proceeded to simply throw the ball at the rim. Get the latest Derrick Jones Jr. news, photos, rankings, lists and more on Bleacher Report The moment you watch him actually jump, it suddenly feels like anything under 50 seems incorrect. New, 6 comments. Harden had an amazing game against Portland, but the Rockets struggled from three in the third quarter and it was because of plays like this from Jones where he uses his long arms to contest shots and make life difficult. Jones isn’t getting $19 million over two years because he’s an offensive powerhouse. Second, he showed incredible recovery speed here after getting screened by Montrezl Harrell, who did a good job switching the screen up on Jones. Damian Lillard Drops New Colorway To Troll Oklahoma City Thunder. ... Law Murray on Twitter. The Miami Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr. and the Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon had been trading haymakers all night, pushing their head-to-head matchup into double-overtime. This time, Covington drives to the hoop and draws Marc Gasol. Having been raised under the mantra "follow your dreams" and being told they were special, … Derrick Jones, Jr. has agreed to a two-year deal with the Trail Blazers, per multiple reports. Damian Lillard Drops New Colorway To Troll Oklahoma City Thunder. Max to Patriots: 'Get over yourselves!' The Blazers’ six-day hiatus is over as they prepare to host the Knickerbockers of New York. That’s going to be huge for Portland. #1 — Investing in Derrick Jones Jr. limits future flexibility There’s no secret that Derrick Jones Jr. needs his pay day. Jones catches LeBron James ball-watching and sneaks right behind him. Derrick Jones Jr. College: UNLV Harrell sets a screen, Jones gets caught, but he recovers so quickly that he can still block LeBron. While he is a plus defender, he’ll always be somewhat limited by his slender frame. Sensing an opening, Jones lets it fly and drains it, no hesitation whatsoever. Lillard a ‘Peripheral Threat’ for MVP Honors. 1:41. NBA Twitter reacts to Derrick Jones Jr blocking LeBron James. Adding that version of Jones Jr. to a frontcourt that already features Robert Covington and Jusuf Nurkic would be a better fit than Santa Claus eating milk and cookies. It’s the exact action you want if you’re looking to get Jones two points: the driver draws the interior defender, Jones sneaks right behind them, and easy buckets ensue. DURANT’S OPPONENT: Miami Heat wing Derrick Jones Jr… The Portland Trail Blazers signed Derrick Jones Jr. during the offseason, and after one preseason game, it is apparent that he is melding with the offense. After a dunk-off against Orlando Magic star Aaron Gordon, Derrick Jones Jr. emerged victorious in last night’s AT&T Slam Dunk Contest in Chicago. Having a massive vertical doesn’t just look cool. Derrick Jones Jr. has already had a few spectacular defensive moments in just two Portland Trail Blazers games. Given the way the game turned out after this crucial intervention, there were a ton of LeBron’s detractors who came to the fore on Twitter. Hopefully that’s not the case with Jones Jr. and, if he does prove to be a solid or good player, he’ll become a fixture in Rip City. Derrick Jones, Jr. was cleared for take-off on Wednesday night, as the Portland Trail Blazers visited the Sacramento Kings. Against the Sacramento Kings, Jones … It’s my favorite because he sees Joe Ingles coming and just shoots it anyways. Players-only NBA2K tournament provides outlet for Heat's Derrick Jones Jr Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. eager about NBA2K tournament during coronavirus suspension Author: Josh Richardson, Bam Adebayo, Derrick Jones Jr. discuss Butler trade. This lob demonstrates Jones utilizing the baseline cut. Winston's choice of words 'poor' 0:41. Lillard and CJ McCollum naturally draw multiple defenders whenever they touch the ball. Jones can easily rise above him. Led by Damian Lillard’s 39 points, the Trail Blazers did just enough to escape Sunday’s game against the Knicks with a victory. This tweet explained it well: every photo of DJJ in midair looks more like he fell from the ceiling than it does he jumped from the floor. 1:47. Jones Jr. has the youth, raw athleticism, and burgeoning defensive potential to become an impact player for the Blazers. What if he shot between 33% and 35%, which is not particularly great, but just enough that you don’t want to leave him super wide open? It’s not even the craziest lob we’ve ever seen from Jones (this one is), but it was his first in a Blazers uniform, so it has to get a mention. Jones has not been afraid to let it fly from deep early and often throughout his three games in Portland. Derrick Jones Jr. with an alley oop vs the Sacramento Kings January 14, 2021, 12:49 a.m. Derrick Jones Jr. (Portland Trail Blazers) with an alley oop vs the Sacramento Kings, 01/13/2021 Having this guy on your favorite NBA team: Derrick Jones Jr... OH MY. Jones uncharacteristically misses a pretty easy reverse layup here (I kind of wish he just dunked it), but it’s the right play and one the Blazers should look to make often when he and Jusuf Nurkic are on the court. With only undrafted rookie Jae’Sean Tate available to guard the baseline. Jones can quite literally catch just about anything as long as it’s in the box. July 03, 2019 3:19 AM. Portland Trail Blazers vs. New York Knicks Preview. That corner three will be especially important for Jones because of reasons mentioned above. C.J. Note Enes Kanter’s role in the play. Covington is a solid reactionary passer and is able to get it to Jones for an easy dunk. Derrick Jones Jr. Derrick Labrent Jones Jr. Twitter: TheRea1DJones (Airplane Mode Jones) Position: Small Forward Shoots: Left 6-5, 210lb (196cm, 95kg) Team: Portland Trail Blazers. Jones has those shortcomings himself, being so skinny that Harrell can just push him out of the way. Facebook; Twitter; Facebook Messenger; Pinterest; Email; print; CHICAGO -- Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. outlasted Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in a memorable slam dunk contest on Saturday that required two tiebreaker jams. College: UNLV Now the Blazers premier perimeter defender, Jones has the skills and will play the minutes to potentially become an All-Defensive selection in 2021. Born: February 15, 1997 in Chester, Pennsylvania us. It’s not always going to be perfect with Jones. You know what’s fun? Re: Derrick Jones Jr. claimed he has a 48" vertical and can reach over the backboard Post #25 » by Ryoga Hibiki » Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:21 am D.Brasco wrote: The only player in history I can believe who could grab a quarter from the top of the backboard is Wilt as he did dunk on experimental 12' basketball hoops. OTHER WAYS TO WATCH: All games after Durant vs. Jones Jr are on ESPN 2. This isn’t a huge problem if the Blazers are confident they can keep him for $11.1 million or less, but it is vaguely reminiscent of the Seth Curry one-year signing which, in hindsight, seems like a prearranged and mutually beneficial marriage of convenience. The Blazers agreed to a two-year deal worth $21 million with Rodney Hood, sources told ESPN, and also added Derrick Jones Jr. on a two-year, $19 million deal, according to The Athletic. If he puts it all together he will be a solid fifth starter. We’re going to see Jones take on the toughest defensive assignment a lot it seems, as he’s already taken LeBron and James Harden on. Will Jones Jr be a multi-year fixture for the Trail Blazers or a one-hit wonder? But that’s far from certain at this point. Now the Blazers premier perimeter defender, Jones has the skills and will play the minutes to potentially become an All-Defensive selection in 2021. https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/video/derrick-jones-jr-alley-oop-054700669.html When it comes to shooting, Jones has traditionally been a non-factor. Lillard a ‘Peripheral Threat’ for MVP Honors. ESPN’s Kirk Goldsberry detailed Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard’s MVP hopes earlier this week. Given that the Blazers likely won’t be able to sign a free agent at that price point again for a couple years, a default goal should be to lock in the 2020 MLE signee for as long as possible. That first block was a great play. NEW YORK CITY -- Derrick Jones Jr. is impossible to ignore on the court. Derrick Jones Jr. – Wing/Big, University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) 23 years old, 6’6” 210 pounds, 7’0” wingspan DRAFT: Undrafted, signed with Phoenix as an undrafted rookie in 2016. Derrick Jones Jr. (back contusion) played 26 minutes in his Blazers debut on Wednesday, scoring nine points on 3-of-9 shooting with all of his makes from deep. Derrick Jones Jr. reaches new heights to block LaMarcus Aldridge's shot. Gary Trent Jr. put on a show by hitting seven threes on his way to 28 points. Derrick Jones Jr. held a defensive masterclass, handling and even bothering LeBron James at times. Derrick Jones Jr. with an alley oop vs the Atlanta Hawks January 16, 2021, 9:47 p.m. Derrick Jones Jr. (Portland Trail Blazers) with an alley oop vs the Atlanta Hawks, 01/16/2021 Derrick Jones Jr. with a dunk vs the New York Knicks January 24, 2021, 9:50 p.m. Derrick Jones Jr. (Portland Trail Blazers) with a dunk vs the New York Knicks, 01/24/2021 In the Portland Trail Blazers’ 115-107 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Blazers got help from both of their “juniors”. Derrick Jones Jr. held a defensive masterclass, handling and even bothering LeBron James at times. Take whatever you want from the third game of the season, but this was a good win over the best team in the league in a game where the Lakers were actually trying to not lose. Follow us on Twitter Like Us on Facebook ... Derrick Jones Jr. SF, Portland Trail Blazers POR. Jones Jr. has the youth, raw athleticism, and burgeoning defensive potential to become an impact player for the Blazers. Their commitment to the current core of players would require significant roster restructuring to get far enough under the salary cap apron to open up the MLE in 2021 or 2022. That’s always cool, especially when he’s wearing a Lakers uniform. Portland Trail Blazers vs. New York Knicks Game Day Thread. Derrick Jones Jr.’s role in RipCity The Derrick Jones Jr. acquisition by the Blazers was an, under-the-radar, good signing. Derrick Jones Jr. (Portland Trail Blazers) with an alley oop vs the Sacramento Kings, 01/13/2021 ... Derrick Jones Jr. and Andre Iguodala both available for Heat tonight. At least starting to shoot it without hesitation. NBA Twitter reacts to LeBron James getting blocked by Derrick Jones Jr. Millennials is a generation who grew up with computers, internet and social networks. But the final result was not without controversy, with at least two judges contending afterward that they wanted the second dunk-off to end in a tie and … The problem, however, is that if Jones Jr. breaks out this year and opts out to renegotiate the most the Blazers will be able to offer him is a new salary that starts at $11.1 million. Setting screens off the ball for one of McCollum or Lillard is a great way to get defenders more worried about them than you. Two of his swats … First, Jones picked LeBron up full court. This is smart considering the rest of the starting lineup — even Covington — is best suited for more team defense situations. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. Derrick Jones Jr. is among a four-competitor field that includes Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic), Dwight Howard (Los Angeles Lakers) and Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks). Derrick Jones Jr. Derrick Labrent Jones Jr. Twitter: TheRea1DJones (Airplane Mode Jones) Position: Small Forward Shoots: Left 6-5, 210lb (196cm, 95kg) Team: Portland Trail Blazers. Everything is available on the ESPN App, NBA.com, the NBA App, and 2K (@NBA2K) and NBA (@NBA) social channels — Twitter, Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. Kyle Garcia breaks down the small forward’s contributions through three games. Hm. Derrick Jones Jr. (Portland Trail Blazers) with an alley oop vs the Sacramento Kings, 01/09/2021 ... Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt shared a story on Twitter … Injuries, Uncategorized. Offensively, it allows Jones, Jr. to elevate above defenders to finish at the rim. At the start of free agency, the Portland Trail Blazers signed Derrick Jones Jr to a two-year $19 million deal. Nobody wants to hear this, but there’s also a chance that Jones Jr. is the second coming of Jake Layman and not “what we all imagined Harkless would be.”. Derrick Jones Jr. will likely start at the SF, but will also have heat on him. Derrick Jones Jr. Dunk Makes NBA Top Ten Plays New, 11 comments The lob from Jusuf Nurkic resulted in a sky-high dunk by DJJ, and it came in at no. College: UNLV Royce O’Neal tries to stick with McCollum before Donovan Mitchell tells him to stay on Jones. He has been reported to have a vertical as high as 48 inches. Prayers up for Derrick Jones Jr. who went down after fighting over a Goga Bitadze screen … This isn’t a particularly great lob pass from Damian Lillard and it truly doesn’t matter. Players-only NBA2K tournament provides outlet for Heat's Derrick Jones Jr Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. eager about NBA2K tournament during coronavirus suspension Author: Jones Jr.’s contract reflects an uncertainty that matches the questions around his on-court impact. Derrick Jones Jr. leaves Heat, signs with Portland. Click here to read the full article. But the idealized version of Jones has already shown itself in these first three games. PORTLAND, Ore. (November 22, 2020) – The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent forward Derrick Jones Jr., it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. That’s more than next year’s MLE, but in a world where Kyle Kuzma apparently merits $13+ million per season, it may not be enough to re-sign a significantly improved Jones Jr. General Manager Neil Olshey presumably considers this a long-shot and decided that the benefits of signing Jones Jr. were worth the trade-off of giving him flexibility to leave Portland so quickly. CHICAGO — Derrick Jones Jr. kept leaping and spinning and windmilling until finally, even jumping over Tacko Fall was not enough to make Aaron Gordon a dunk contest winner. 7 on the NBA Top Ten. It has purpose on both ends. 1 month ago – via Twitter IraHeatBeat. Portland Trail Blazers vs. New York Knicks Preview. Prayers up for Derrick Jones Jr. who went down after fighting over a Goga Bitadze screen … Facebook; Twitter; Email; You may also like. He’s only shot over 30% from the arc once. Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James received a dose of his own medicine on Monday, courtesy of an emphatic chase-down block from Portland Trail Blazers high-flyer Derrick Jones Jr… If he develops an even vaguely reliable corner 3-point shot he becomes an idealized version of Moe Harkless. But can he push his outside shooting percentage closer to the mid-30s? Miami Heat high-flyer Derrick Jones Jr. left the Indiana Pacers game on Friday on a stretcher. Blazers Barely Avoid Collapse in Victory Over Knicks. Especially if the Blazers need some mid-salary filler for a consolidation trade at the deadline. Derrick Jones Jr. is part of a Millennial Generation (also known as Generation Y). It might be a slight overpay for a player without a stronger track record, but the deal is short enough it’s largely worth the gamble. In Jones’ eyes, heR… The Miami Heat 6-foot-6 and 210 pound small forward Derrick Jones Jr. is starting to figure it out, and is apparently a target of the Chicago Bulls. The Blazers brought guys like Jones and Covington to Portland to be excellent team defenders, guys who can make up for the shortcomings of other players. Portland Trail Blazers vs. New York Knicks Game Day Thread. To put it another way: You can’t replace Jones Jr. if he leaves next summer so do what it takes to make sure he’s locked in for multiple seasons. Derrick Jones Jr. veut défendre sur les meilleurs extérieurs de la ligue Publié le 13 février 2020 à 16:03 Twitter Facebook L’ailier de 22 ans a trouvé le parfait compromis avec son coach : défendre sur les meilleurs pour progresser et permettre en même temps à Jimmy Butler de garder du jus. 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