The 2021 NBA Draft is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 29th in Brooklyn. As that date continues to draw closer, the hype surrounding the incoming rookie class will only intensify. Draft night always marks an evening of newfound hope for the future. Franchise goals can range from rounding out a contending roster to drafting a cornerstone player for the future. Among the intriguing prospects in this year’s NBA Draft is center Kai Jones out of the University of Texas.
The following is a complete Kai Jones NBA Draft profile, including stats, highlights and a mock projection.
Kai Jones NBA Draft Profile, Stats, Highlights and Projection
Weight: 221 lbs
Kai Jones 2020-21 Stats
- Games Played: 26
- Points: 8.8
- Rebounds: 4.8
- Assists: 0.6
- Field Goal Percentage: 58.0%
- 3-Point Field Goal Percentage: 38.2%
- Free Throw Percentage: 68.9%
- Steals: 0.8
- Blocks: 0.9
- Turnovers: 1.4
Kai Jones NBA Draft Profile
Kai Jones represents a new era of centers in the NBA. He is athletic, runs the floor well, protects the rim and is capable of defending multiple positions despite his size. Jones is also a competent ball-handler which makes him an exciting prospect for a team looking for a player to draft and develop for a year or two.
At the college level, Jones’ athleticism helped him make up for his struggles playing off-ball defense. Jones also lacks a post game yet his jump shot still also needs work. Jones started playing basketball at just 15 years old, so there are still growing pains to be expected as he develops.
Kai Jones Highlights
Christian Wood, JaVale McGee, Robert Williams III
Kai Jones Draft Projection
All 2021 NBA Draft projections are taken from the latest Bleacher Report mock draft by Jonathan Wasserman.
Kai Jones is currently projected to be drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 16 overall.
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