Damian Jones
Damian Jones
25-Year-Old CenterC
Atlanta Hawks  NBA  
Atlanta Hawks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Jones was traded to Atlanta for Omari Spellman after spending the first three years of his career with Golden State. He averaged career highs across the board with 5.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.5 combined blocks/steals and 1.2 assists across 17.1 minutes in 24 games. Jones had surgery on a left pec muscle that cost him much of the season, but he figures to be fully healthy heading into his first year with the Hawks. Jones' per-36 averages were respectable with 11.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 combined blocks/steals, showing his ability as a two-way player. He'll be a backup center to Alex Len and compete for minutes with the rookie out of Maryland, Bruno Fernando. Jones will likely see a solid dose of minutes with the second unit, but his usage won't be enough to warrant fantasy consideration in most formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $2.39 million contract with the Warriors in July of 2016. Warriors exercised $1.51 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017. Warriors exercised $2.31 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Traded to the Hawks in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Damian William Jones was born in 1995 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has two brothers and is the son of David and Dana Jones. Jones stayed in his hometown for high school and attended Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge. Jones lead the Hornets to back-to-back Louisiana state championships during his senior and junior seasons. After his senior season, he was named the state's 5A Player of the Year and then interned at Exxon. During his collegiate days at Vanderbilt, Jones was an Engineering Science major with a concentration in corporate strategy and a minor in engineering management. In early 2019, Jones participated in the Alameda Contra Costa Links' Annual Respect Yourself Youth Symposium and he has volunteered for various charitable organizations in both California and Georgia. Fans can follow Jones on both Twitter and Instagram via @dameology.

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There is something to be said for consistency. For three seasons (2013-2016) with Vanderbilt, Damian Jones was a stalwart in the middle. He started 95 of 99 games and provided double-digit scoring for the Commodores with averages of 13.9 points and 6.9 rebounds as a junior. The 6-foot-10 center had five double-doubles as a freshman and provided 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. Bigger things were expected from Jones as a sophomore, and he met the challenge with 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. He only had two double-doubles, but finished the season with multiple blocks in eight of his last 10 games. Vandy attended the NIT and Jones provided 14.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks before the team bowed out against Stanford. As a junior, the center helped the team into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four seasons. They closed the regular season by winning four of their last five games, including victories over Florida and Kentucky before being eliminated in the Big Dance's First Four by Wichita State. Jones led the SEC in field-goal percentage (59.0) and subsequently declared for the 2016 draft.

Off injury report Friday
CAtlanta Hawks
February 28, 2020
Jones (illness) available for Friday's game against the Nets.
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Jones was originally questionable due to an illness, but he's feeling good enough to play. With Dewayne Dedmon (elbow) out, Jones should see some backup center minutes.
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2019

After three years with Golden State, Jones joined the Hawks for the 2019-20 season. He entered the All-Star break having appeared in 51 games and logging 27 starts. Jones was a regular off the bench to begin the year, but he entered the starting lineup for a Nov. 12 win over Denver and went on to start every game through Dec. 19. The big man returned to the starting lineup in late-January, making seven consecutive starts between Jan. 30 and Feb. 10. In that span, he averaged 6.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 21.3 minutes per game. At the All-Star break, Jones held averages of 5.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.7 blocks in 16.7 minutes per game. After the break, he appeared in four games before the NBA suspended play on Mar. 11. On the season, Jones scored in double-figures 11 times, including a season-high 20 points against the Nets on Dec. 4. Against the Timberwolves on Feb. 5, Jones posted 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 24 minutes. He had a season-high four blocks, to go with 11 points and three boards, against the Clippers on Nov. 16.

2018

The last pick of the first round in the 2016 NBA Draft, Jones started at center for the defending-champion Warriors to open the 2018-19 season. He responded with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 27 minutes of a 108-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The athletic seven-footer ended up starting 22 of the 24 games he appeared in for the Warriors. Jones set career highs across the board. The former Vanderbilt Commodore averaged 5.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 17 minutes per contest. He collected career highs in rebounds (seven) and blocked shots (four) in a loss at Dallas on Nov. 17. Jones shot a blistering 71.6 percent from the floor on the year, with all of his shots coming from two-point range. Unfortunately, Jones tore his left pectoral muscle, underwent surgery and subsequently missed the remainder of the regular season. He returned for the playoffs but played a minimal role, including a two-minute appearance in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Jones was traded to the Atlanta Hawks following the season in exchange for another former first-round pick, Omari Spellman.

2017

A first-round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Jones spent most of the 2017-18 season with the G League's Santa Cruz Warriors, where he posted promising stats across 45 games. The big man scored 15.0 points per game on an incredible 67.8 percent field-goal percentage. He also averaged 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Jones' length and athleticism allowed him to shine defensively, averaging 2.2 blocks. He also made 15 appearances with the big club, averaging 5.9 minutes per contest. Jones' first five NBA games were scattered throughout the year, though he stuck with Golden State for the final 10 games of the regular season. In those contests, he upped his average court time to 7.8 minutes and played more than 10 minutes on three occasions. Jones was effective in his limited opportunities, averaging 10.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per 36 minutes. He also remained efficient, shooting precisely 50 percent from the field for the second straight year. Jones scored a season-high eight points on a perfect 4-of-4 from the field against Oklahoma City on Apr. 3.

2016

Jones was taken by Golden State with the last pick of the first round (30th overall) in the 2016 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-11 center appeared in 10 games for the star-studded Warriors, averaging nine minutes per contest. A torn right pectoral muscle suffered prior to the draft kept Jones from full-contact drills until late November. The Vanderbilt product made his NBA debut on Dec. 10, playing nine minutes. Jones scored his first NBA baskets Feb. 1, when he contributed four points, two rebounds and one block over four minutes during a win over the Hornets. However, he mostly worked on refining his play over 31 games with the G League's Santa Cruz Warriors. The rookie averaged 11.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks with in the G League. On Mar. 31, he produced 25 points, seven rebounds and five blocks for Santa Cruz during a win over the LA D-Fenders. Jones also got his first taste of NBA postseason action, making appearances in four of Golden State's 17 playoff games during the course of the team's championship run. He made three of his seven shots while collecting six rebounds, two steals and a block across nearly 21 minutes of total playoff action.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 1st round (30th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
  • July 13, 2016
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Golden State Warriors
  • July 8, 2019
    Traded by the Golden State Warriors with a 2026 2nd round draft pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Omari Spellman.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Warriors’ status as perhaps the league’s deepest team has allowed general manager Bob Myers to prioritize talent and untapped potential in the draft the last few years rather than NBA-ready contributors with lower ceilings, and Jones’ selection with the final pick of the first round in 2016 was emblematic of that. The center from Vanderbilt had already suffered a torn right pectoral muscle prior to the draft that ended up sidelining him from contact drills until late November, but Jones’ combination of size (seven feet, 245 pounds) and high-level athleticism was too tantalizing for the Warriors to pass up. Since the 22-year-old was always viewed as a long-term project, he unsurprisingly appeared in just 10 games with the NBA team as a rookie, averaging just 8.5 minutes per appearance. The organization was hopeful that Jones would at least be able to show signs of becoming a dominant post force and capable interior defender while receiving more extended action with the D-League’s Santa Cruz Warriors, and though he struggled to meet those goals initially, he rewarded Golden State’s faith by season’s end. He earned D-League Player of the Month honors for games played in March and April after averaging 17.6 points and 7.8 rebounds across 12 contests, while also doing well to avoid the foul trouble that plagued him previously. Entering his second professional season, Jones still looks to be on the outside looking in for a regular rotation spot with Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee above him on the depth chart at center and Draymond Green around to serve as a small-ball option at the position, so expect Jones to move frequently between the G-League and the NBA team in order to pick up minutes. If Jones is able to make further strides in his development this season, he could have an easier path to minutes with the Warriors in 2018-19, as both Pachulia and McGee are set to become free agents next summer.
The Warriors selected Jones with the final pick of the first round in the June draft, marking the second straight season they've chosen a project big man in the first round after grabbing power forward Kevon Looney a year earlier. Like Looney, Jones won't be asked to challenge a rotation spot as a rookie and carries injury risk. He required surgery in June to repair a torn pectoral muscle, which caused him to sit out summer league and figures to sideline him throughout preseason play. The missed development time during training camp will likely prevent Jones from logging more than a handful of appearances in the first half of the season, but that shouldn't dim the luster on the Warriors' investment. The center position is the Warriors' weakest on the roster, and with Zaza Pachulia and Anderson Varejao both on the downside of their careers and on short-term deals with the club, Jones could have a path to fantasy relevance as soon as 2017-18 if his performance in practices, D-League games and his limited opportunities with the Warriors warrant it. While his college numbers from last season at Vanderbilt didn't really pop, Jones' physical attributes are matched by few center prospects. At seven feet and 244 pounds with an outstanding 7-foot-3.75 wingspan, Jones has impressive size and length, and packs plenty of athleticism into his frame. He's unlikely to be the kind of player capable of creating his own shot, but with Stephen Curry and plenty of other talents surrounding him, Jones won't ever be tasked with shouldering a major offensive load.
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Questionable Friday
CAtlanta Hawks
Illness
February 27, 2020
Jones is questionable for Friday's game against the Nets due to an illness, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
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Moves to bench
CAtlanta Hawks
February 12, 2020
Jones will come off the bench Wednesday against the Cavaliers, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Has solid night in starting role
CAtlanta Hawks
February 5, 2020
Jones contributed 14 points (6-7 FG, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 127-120 win over the Timberwolves.
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Productive outing in spot start
CAtlanta Hawks
January 31, 2020
Jones scored 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-4 FT) and had seven rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes during Thursday's 127-117 win over the Sixers.
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Starting Thursday
CAtlanta Hawks
January 30, 2020
Jones is starting at center Thursday against the 76ers, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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