Kai Jones

Kai Jones

22-Year-Old CenterC
 Free Agent    
Free Agent
2023 Fantasy Outlook
After barely seeing the floor during his rookie season, Jones was unable to take any significant strides during the 2022-23 campaign. Playing behind both Mark Williams and Nick Richards, as well as Mason Plumlee for a sizeable chunk of the season, Jones simply couldn't get onto the court. He ended by playing in 46 games, averaging 11.9 minutes per outing. In that time, he put up 3.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 combined steals and blocks. His upside is on the defensive end, meaning he wouldn't necessarily need to play huge minutes to sniff fantasy value. Unfortunately, Williams is the center of the future in Charlotte, while Richards is a more than proven number two. At this point, Jones will find it difficult to put up value, even in deeper formats. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a two-year, $5.68 million contract with the Hornets in August of 2021. Hornets exercised $3.05 million team option for 2023-24 in October of 2022. Waived by the Hornets in October of 2023.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Jones perhaps didn't leap off the stats pages in his two seasons with the Longhorns, but it was always evident the raw skills were there. He appeared in 27 games (10 starts) for Texas in his freshman season, posting 3.6 points and 3.2 rebounds across 16.7 minutes. His biggest contributions were on the defensive end, as he provided Shaka Smart & co. with 1.1 rejections per contest. Jones continued in a reserve role during a pandemic-shortened sophomore season, improving his statistics across the board. The 6-11 center increased his offensive output to 8.8 ppg, while also seeing an eight-percent spike in his shooting percentage (.580). He also became more efficient, checking in with a top-15 PER in the Big 12. When it was all said and done, Jones was named the conference's Sixth Man of the Year. He was also part of the Big 12 Tournament-winning squad, defeating Cade Cunningham and the Cowboys in the final.

Cut loose by Charlotte
CFree Agent
October 11, 2023
Jones was waived by the Hornets on Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Jones had been away from the team for training camp for what the Hornets cited as "personal reasons" following multiple offseason issues, and he announced Monday that he had officially requested a trade. The Hornets apparently couldn't find any trade partners and will part ways with the 2021 first-round pick. Jones averaged 3.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game over 46 appearances in 2022-23. It's unclear how much interest he'll draw as a free agent following his tumultuous offseason and his limited production through his first two seasons in the NBA.
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Stat Review
How does Kai Jones compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
  • Offensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Defensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available defensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Total Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Assist %
    An estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while they were on the floor.
  • Steal %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent possessions that end with a steal by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Block %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent two-point field goal attempts blocked by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Turnover %
    An estimate of turnovers committed per 100 plays.
  • Usage %
    An estimate of the percentage of team plays used by a player while they were on the floor.
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True Shooting %
59.7%
 
Effective Field Goal %
57.5%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
15.8%
 
Free Throw Rate
21.7%
 
Offensive Rebound %
7.0%
 
Defensive Rebound %
17.0%
 
Total Rebound %
11.9%
 
Assist %
3.7%
 
Steal %
1.3%
 
Block %
4.7%
 
Turnover %
17.4%
 
Usage %
12.4%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
9.5
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.8
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Future with team uncertain
CCharlotte Hornets
September 27, 2023
Jones hasn't participated in any optional player sessions ahead of training camp, and it's not clear if he'll be on the floor for the start of camp with the Hornets, Roderick Boone of the Charlotte Observer reports.
ANALYSIS
The 2021 first-round pick has struggled to carve out a consistent role during his first two NBA seasons, and some odd social media posts over the last few weeks raised concerns about his mental health. Hornets coach Steve Clifford wouldn't clarify Jones' status with the team during a media luncheon Tuesday but did indicate the team was aware of the posts. "It's a situation that's been handled internally," Clifford said. Charlotte has until the end of October to decide whether to pick up its option on Jones for the 2024-25 season.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Jones barely touched the floor during his rookie season, averaging just three minutes per game. While there is scope for his role to increase in 2022-23, it is unlikely he plays enough to be a viable fantasy consideration. During the recent Summer League, he managed to block 2.0 shots per game in just 20 minutes, so if for some reason he is given a longer leash than expected, there could be some limited streaming appeal.
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Requests trade
CCharlotte Hornets
Personal
October 9, 2023
Jones (personal) announced Monday via his personal Twitter account that he's officially requested a trade.
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Away from team indefinitely
CCharlotte Hornets
Personal
September 30, 2023
Jones will be away from the Hornets indefinitely due to personal reasons and has no timetable for return, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Out for remainder of Summer League
CCharlotte Hornets
Coach's Decision
July 13, 2023
Jones has been ruled out for the remainder of Summer League play due to a coach's decision.
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Pulls down 10 boards
CCharlotte Hornets
July 7, 2023
Jones recorded seven points (1-3 FG, 5-7 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 26 minutes of Friday's 76-68 Summer League loss to the Spurs.
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Slated for sizable minutes Tuesday
CCharlotte Hornets
April 4, 2023
Head coach Steve Clifford indicated Tuesday that Jones will play some "four" and "five" during Tuesday's game versus the Raptors, Roderick Boone of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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