Fred Jones

Drafted #14 in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Pacers
RCSI: 54 (1998)
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
Weight: 218 lbs (99 kg)
Position: SG
High School: Sam Barlow High School (Oregon)
Hometown: Malvern, AR
College: Oregon
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NBA Scouting Reports, Atlantic Division (Part Two)

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An explosive combo guard who’s inconsistent production and attitude has him on the verge of being out of the league. Lacks prototypical NBA height at 6-2 without shoes, but has an incredible 7-foot wingspan to compensate. Has great strength for a guard. Possesses incredible leaping ability. Very explosive. Pretty quick and fast as well. Doesn’t have ideal ball-handling ability for a guard. Hasn’t developed his point guard skills in any way. Capable shooter with his feet set, and has improved significantly in that area in the last few years. Solid on the defensive end, but is limited by his size. Didn’t blossom as a scorer at Oregon until his junior year. Was very productive as a senior. Not expected to be a first round pick until Washington surprisingly picked him in the mid-first round.

Offense: A decent offensive option who can put some points on the board with poor efficiency. Gets about one third of his touches as a spot up shooter with another significant portion coming in transition and off of pick and rolls. Has a smooth, albeit unusual release with three point range with his feet set. Seems to fall back and push the ball at the rim, but still gets good rotation due to the way he flicks his wrist. Shows a pretty quick release from three point range, although can be extremely streaky. Not as consistent off the dribble as he is in catch and shoot situations. Not a great ball handler, but capable of creating his own shot thanks to his terrific first step. Not a consistent threat from the midrange. Lacks the form to shoot off the dribble, and will force some shots up off balance. Finishes at a higher rate going left than going right. May be a great dunker, but isn’t a great finisher due to his lack of size. Does draw a lot of contact, accounting for many of his misses in close with a solid free throw percentage. Won’t commit many turnovers, showing the ability to make the smart pass when he sees an opportunity. Has some tools offensively, but could be a lot more of an asset if he refined his midrange game and showed better shot-selection. The fact that he’s a 6-2 shooting guard will always hold him back, though.

Defense: A solid defender that has a hard time consistently contesting shots due to his lack of size on the wing. Gives a nice effort, getting in a good stance and denying dribble penetration. Does a tremendous job keeping up with his man out on the perimeter. Exceptional at not getting beat despite playing close to his man. Shows very good lateral quickness and defensive footwork. Not bad at defending the pick and roll, showing a willingness to fight through screens. Doesn’t always recover to the ball quickly when he’s caught in a screen. Has a very hard time contesting shots when closing out. Gets a hand up, but simply isn’t tall enough to be a factor. Will get some deflections and strips, but doesn’t have exceptionally quick hands. Solid rebounder for his size. Gets taken to the basket by quicker, taller, and more athletic players. Has good defensive fundamentals, but lacks the size to be consistent against better players.