Derrick Jones
24-Year-Old ForwardF
Chicago Bulls  NBA  
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After spending two and half seasons with the Heat, Jones signed a two-year, $19 million deal with the Trail Blazers last offseason. For the first time in his career, the gravity-defying wing began the season in the starting rotation. Jones started in his first 41 appearances with his new team and averaged 7.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game during that span. However, the 6-foot-5 forward's season completely changed when Portland traded for Norman Powell on the trade deadline. Jones went back to a reserve role and ended up nearly falling out of the rotation, averaging just 13.2 minutes per game post trade deadline. This season, the UNLV product finds himself on a new team once again. Jones was a part of a three-team trade that ended up with him landing in Chicago. DeMar DeRozan and Patrick Williams look to be locked in at the starting forward spots for the Bulls, but the team's lack of depth at the position should lead to Jones having a solid role as a reserve. While the 2020 Dunk Contest champion has never been a great fantasy option due to his lack of playmaking and shooting ability, Jones should still be seeing around 20 minutes per game off the bench this season. While Zach LaVine and Jones will certainly be an aerial sight to see, it is hard to imagine Jones improving tremendously to where he is a viable fantasy option in the 2021-22 season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $19 million contract with the Trail Blazers in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Derrick Labrent Jones Jr. was born in Chester, PA on Feb. 15, 1997. The son of Derrick Sr. and Otiesse Jones, he has one brother and two sisters. Nicknamed "Airplane Mode," Jones attended Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, PA before heading off to UNLV for college. He finished his high school career as the leading scorer in school history with 1,645 career points. Jones was named the Southeastern Pennsylvania Player of the Year, the Delaware County Player of the Year, the PIAA Triple-A Player of the Year and was a First-Team All-Catholic League selection after averaging 19.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks as a senior. Jones has three children (sons Derrick III, Princeton and Roman). Follow him on Twitter @TheRea1DJones.

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Jones spent the 2015-16 season with UNLV. He was deemed eligible prior to the season despite some questions about his ACT score. The 6-foot-7 forward made his presence known early in the season with 26 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Chaminade in the Maui Invitational. It was the first of his four double-doubles. Jones came off the bench for the first half of the season, but he forced his way into the starting lineup. He scored 14 points and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds in a win over San Jose State. In what turned out to be his last two games of the season, Jones scored a combined 48 points on a 13-for-21 tally from the field and a 22-for-25 effort from the line. He was declared ineligible for the final three UNLV games of the season because his ACT score had been cancelled. Jones made himself eligible for the 2016 Draft after one season with the Runnin' Rebels and even though he went undrafted, he ended signing with the Sacramento Kings for the 2016 NBA Summer League.

Dealt to Chicago
FChicago Bulls
August 27, 2021
Jones was traded to the Bulls on Friday as part of a three-team sign-and-trade that sends Lauri Markkanen to the Cavaliers and Larry Nance to the Trail Blazers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Markkanen is the headliner in the deal, as he'll head to Cleveland and sign a four-year, $67 million contract. Jones will join a revamped Bulls roster that doesn't feature a ton of depth at the forward spots, so he'll likely be able to carve out a consistent, reserve role bouncing between small forward and power forward. In his lone season in Portland, Jones averaged 6.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.8 blocks in 22.7 minutes per game. The Bulls will also land a protected first-round pick from Portland as well as a protected 2023 second-rounder (via Denver).
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2019

The 2019-20 campaign marked Jones' fourth year in the league and his age-22 season. He set career highs in points (8.5), assists (1.1) and steals (1.0) per game while also contributing 3.9 rebounds. The forward also shot 52.7 percent from the field and a career-high 77.2 percent from the charity stripe. On Dec. 13 against the Lakers, Jones dished a season-high four assists -- a mark he'd reach two more times during the campaign. Three days later, he swiped a season-high four steals, and he'd reach that mark again once more on Feb. 22 in a win over the Cavaliers. On Jan. 15 in a win over the Spurs, the UNLV product grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds, adding seven points, one assist and one block. During a win over the Magic on Feb. 1, Jones blocked a season-high three shots, adding three points, seven rebounds and three assists. About a month later against the Clippers on Feb. 5, Jones scored a season-high 25 points to go along with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block. During the first three rounds of the playoffs against the Pacers, Bucks and Celtics, he averaged 1.8 points and 1.0 rebounds. In the NBA Finals against the Lakers, Jones totaled two points and one rebound. Arguably Jones' best playoff performance was a Game 3 win over Milwaukee, where he posted six points (2-2 FG, 2-2 3Pt) and one block in six minutes.

2018

Jones had his best season yet in his third NBA campaign and first full season with Miami. He set new personal bests in games played (60), starts (14) and minutes per game (19.2) while averaging career highs with 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals. He set a new high-water mark with 18 points at Boston on Jan. 21, adding nine rebounds. The UNLV product then equaled that mark Mar. 2 against Brooklyn. After seeing a drop in his shooting efficiency in his sophomore year, Jones bounced back, draining 49.4 percent of his shots. That included a big improvement in his long-range game, as he raised his 3-point percentage to a career-best 30.8. Jones grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds versus the Lakers on Dec. 10 after pulling in 11 boards two days earlier against the Clippers. In fact, December was his finest month of the season, as he averaged 8.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.2 assists per contest. On the year, Jones finished fourth on the Heat in rebounding, third in blocks and third in field-goal percentage.

2017

Jones started the 2017-18 season with the Suns, coming off the bench for six games. He averaged 1.5 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.7 blocks in 5.5 minutes for Phoenix. The sophomore forward was assigned to the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA G League before being waived in December. He later signed a two-way contract with the Heat, splitting time between the pro ranks and the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Miami's G League affiliate. Jones made his debut for the Heat on Jan. 9, collecting eight points and five rebounds. His top performance came Apr. 6, when Jones posted 10 points and four rebounds in just 11:48 on the road against the Hawks. He collected a season-high five boards on two occasions, including Jan. 22 against Houston, when he also set a season high with three blocked shots. All in all, Jones averaged 3.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 15.1 minutes per game with Miami.

2016

Jones went undrafted during the 2016 NBA Draft. He signed with the Kings for the Summer League, but a groin injury kept him out. Jones later signed with the Suns prior to training camp, and the 19-year-old was able to secure a roster spot to start the season. He made his NBA debut against the 76ers on Nov. 19, playing three minutes. Jones spent much of the 2016-17 season in the NBA D-League with the Northern Arizona Suns, averaging 14.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Jones appeared in five games for Phoenix before the All-Star break. He was selected to compete in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, making it through the final round before losing to Glenn Robinson III. After the break, the rookie forward began seeing more playing time. Jones averaged 20.9 minutes per game the rest of the way, providing averages of 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.5 blocks while shooting 55.3 percent from the field. His best game came Apr. 9, when he posted season highs with 15 points and three steals in 27 minutes against the Mavericks. Jones snagged a season-high eight rebounds against the Rockets on Apr. 2, adding 10 points.

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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Jones saw the biggest role of his career last season with the Heat, averaging 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steals in 23.3 minutes. The primary driving forces of his fantasy value were his steals, field-goal percentage (52.7) and free-throw percentage (77.2). Heading into 2020-21, Jones will suit up for a new team, as he signed a two-year, $19 million contract with the Trail Blazers. In Portland, he'll be fighting for reserve wing minutes with the likes of Rodney Hood, Gary Trent and Carmelo Anthony (or Zach Collins, if Anthony starts). We shouldn't expect Jones to take a significant leap forward, though he makes for a fine late-round option in deep formats.
Jones managed career-high averages in points (7.0), boards (4.0), steals (0.8), dimes (0.6), treys (0.5) and minutes (19.2) while matching his best contribution in blocks (0.7) through 60 contests in 2018-19. He's still a work in progress from beyond the arc, but he shot a career-best 30.8 percent from deep this past season. Miami has a deep roster, and Jones is fairly likely to continue coming off the pine. With that being said, the Heat have a good track record of developing talent, and Jones is an exceptional athlete who has made steady strides on both ends of the court. In the event that Jones takes his perimeter shooting to another level, he could be an intriguing statistical contributor thanks to his high motor and defensive versatility. If that doesn't happen, Jones is most likely to remain in a reserve role, slotting in behind Jimmy Butler, Justise Winslow, and perhaps even James Johnson.
Jones was a member of the Suns until being waived in early December. The Heat seized the opportunity, signing the UNLV product to a two-way deal later than month. He only appeared in 14 games (eight starts) with the parent club, averaging 3.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15.2 minutes. His upside shined through more in the G-League. Between both organizations’ respective G-League affiliates, Jones averaged 17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and a combined 3.0 blocks/steals. Notably, he flashed an improved three-point jumper, hitting 1.6 threes per tilt at 33.8 percent after shooting 25.5 percent during his rookie year. Still, despite tangible improvements, it will be a challenge for the top-flight athlete to garner a significant role at the NBA level considering the Heat’s logjam on the wing.
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Starting vs. Cavs
FPortland Trail Blazers
May 5, 2021
Jones will start in Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers, Jay Allen of NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio 620 reports.
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Available Sunday
FPortland Trail Blazers
April 25, 2021
Jones (hip) will play Sunday against the Grizzlies, Jay Allen of NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio 620 reports.
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Questionable Sunday
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Hip
April 24, 2021
Jones (hip) is questionable for Sunday's contest against the Grizzlies, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
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Available Friday
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April 23, 2021
Jones (hip) is available Friday against Memphis, Jay Allen of NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio 620 reports.
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Questionable Friday
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Hip
April 22, 2021
Jones (hip) is questionable for Friday's contest against the Grizzlies, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
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