Derrick Jones

Derrick Jones

25-Year-Old ForwardF
Chicago Bulls  NBA  
Chicago Bulls
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Jones' offseason extension positions him to remain with the Bulls for another two seasons, meaning his projected role figures to hold steady or perhaps even dwindle. Chicago adding Andre Drummond means there will be fewer minutes available at the center position on most nights. While he has a somewhat fantasy-friendly game, Jones struggles to play at a consistent level and seemingly battles injuries regularly. If he ever manages to get to 25 minutes per game, there is a chance he flirts with top-120 value. However, at this point, that in itself seems highly unlikely. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $3.2 million contract with the Bulls in July of 2022. Contract includes $3.36 million player option for 2023-24.
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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.

Available to play Wednesday
FChicago Bulls
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November 30, 2022
Jones (thumb) is active Wednesday against Phoenix.
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The forward will be active for the Bulls off the bench despite nursing a thumb injury. Jones has averaged 5.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15 previous appearances.
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Coveted by Pistons, Bulls
FMiami Heat
October 21, 2020
Jones is expected to be a target of the Pistons and Bulls in free agency this offseason, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Jones averaged a career-high 23.3 minutes per game during the regular season, but he was largely an afterthought in the Heat's run to the NBA Finals, playing just nine total minutes across Miami's final nine postseason contests. With that in mind, the Heat probably won't be viewing Jones as a priority re-signing this offseason, likely leaving other teams to extend the athletic forward more lucrative contract offers. The NBA is expected to open its free-agency period in late November or early December.
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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.
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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Deemed probable Wednesday
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November 29, 2022
Jones is listed as probable for Wednesday's game against Phoenix due to a right thumb sprain.
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Cleared from injury report
FChicago Bulls
November 7, 2022
Jones (thumb) will be available Monday against Toronto.
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Probable Monday
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November 7, 2022
Jones (thumb) is probable for Monday's game against the Raptors.
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Officially available Sunday
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November 6, 2022
Jones (thumb) is available for Sunday's game against the Raptors.
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Likely to play Sunday
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November 5, 2022
Jones is probable for Sunday's game versus the Raptors with a right thumb sprain.
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