Damian Jones

Damian Jones

27-Year-Old CenterC
Los Angeles Lakers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
It was quite a bumpy year for the 26-year-old center, as he bounced around the Pacific Division all year long. Jones started the season on the Suns before being waived after appearing in just 14 games with the team. Next, the Vanderbilt product signed two different 10-day deals with the Lakers and even started in six of his 10 appearances. However, Jones was not brought back on, and he next signed two more different 10-day deals with the Kings. The 6-foot-11 big averaged 6.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.0 minutes per game over 20 contests with the team. Jones also added a block per game with the Kings. This season, Jones is back with the Kings but faces steep competition at the position. Richaun Holmes will be the starter while the team added the likes of Tristan Thompson, Alex Len and Neemias Queta in the offseason. The team's strength at the position and Jones' inconsistent play make him a hard fantasy option to trust. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract with the Lakers in June of 2022. The second year is a player option.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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. 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.

Joining Lakers
CLos Angeles Lakers
June 30, 2022
Jones and the Lakers agreed Thursday to a two-year contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The second year is a player option.
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Jones has proven to be a solid backup center. He's coming off a career year with the Kings, where he averaged 8.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.2 minutes. His role for next season will partially depend on whether Dwight Howard returns.
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Set for bigger role
CSacramento Kings
March 21, 2022
Jones could be in line to receive a bigger role in the final weeks of the regular season, Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors speculates.
ANALYSIS
Richaun Holmes is out for the rest of the season due to personal reasons, and Domantas Sabonis will miss the team's upcoming five-game road trip with a knee injury, so this leaves Jones as the team's main option to start at center in the next few weeks. Expect Chimezie Metu and Alex Len to contend for minutes as well.
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Jones continued seeing backup-center playing time last season, averaging 16.1 minutes of run with the Hawks and averaging 5.6 points on 68.0 percent shooting and 3.7 rebounds. During the offseason, he joined his third team in three years, inking a two-year, $3.7 million deal with the Suns. In Phoenix, Jones will compete for the backup center spot with rookie Jalen Smith. Given that Deandre Ayton will likely see 30-plus minutes per night, there won't be much room for Jones to have fantasy relevance. Only fantasy managers in extremely deep leagues should entertain selecting Jones.
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.
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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Stellar play continues
CSacramento Kings
April 6, 2022
Jones finished Tuesday's 123-109 loss to New Orleans with 22 points (8-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one block across 29 minutes.
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Records monster double-double
CSacramento Kings
April 2, 2022
Jones provided 17 points (7-9 FG, 3-3 FT), 17 rebounds, two assists and six blocks over 31 minutes during Friday's 122-117 win over the Rockets.
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Fills stat sheet in win
CSacramento Kings
March 31, 2022
Jones posted 24 points (9-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-9 FT), nine rebounds, five assists, four blocks and one steal over 34 minutes during Wednesday's 121-118 win over the Rockets.
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Offers efficient scoring in loss
CSacramento Kings
March 29, 2022
Jones posted 15 points (6-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and one assist across 25 minutes in Monday's 123-100 loss to the Heat.
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Tips in game-winner
CSacramento Kings
March 24, 2022
Jones chipped in 12 points (5-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal over 30 minutes during Wednesday's 110-109 victory over the Pacers.
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