Derrick Jones

24-Year-Old ForwardF
Chicago Bulls  NBA  
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Injury Knee
Est. Return 1/28/2022
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 one-year, $9.26 million contract with the Trail Blazers in November of 2020. Exercised $9.72 million player option for 2021-22 in July of 2021. Traded to the Bulls in August of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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. 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.

Now expected out 2-to-4 weeks
FChicago Bulls
Knee
January 13, 2022
Jones is now expected to miss two to four weeks due to a bone bruise in his right knee, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Jones was initially expected to miss four to six weeks due to his knee injury, but the Bulls announced Thursday that the 24-year-old could return to action sooner than expected. Zach LaVine, Troy Brown and Alfonzo McKinnie should see additional run while Jones is unavailable.
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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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Out 4-to-6 weeks
FChicago Bulls
Knee
January 13, 2022
Jones has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right knee that's expected to keep him out for four to six weeks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Leaves with knee injury
FChicago Bulls
Knee
January 12, 2022
Jones exited Wednesday's game against the Nets after appearing to hyperextend his right knee, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.
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Goes unnoticed in starting role
FChicago Bulls
January 7, 2022
Jones had two points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 16 minutes during Friday's 130-122 win over the Wizards.
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Joins starting five
FChicago Bulls
January 1, 2022
Jones will start Saturday's game against the Wizards.
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Logs just five minutes in return
FChicago Bulls
December 29, 2021
Jones closed with two points (2-2 FT), two rebounds and one assist over four minutes during Wednesday's 131-117 win over the Hawks.
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