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2012-2013 Season Statistics
GP: 32 MPG: 10.4 FG%: 40% PPG: 3.0
A Narrative 2012-2013 Season in Review
Kevin Jones didn’t play a lot this year, but while on the court, he showed he has great potential. He had a field goal percentage of 40%, which isn’t that good but he can improve it. He can help out on the boards seeing that with his 10.4 mpg he got 2.4 rpg. Kevin Jones didn’t have an all star season, but did show promise for a future.
Off-Season Adjustments the Player Needs to Make
Kevin Jones could improve on his free throw percentage; he shot 60% for the season. Jones could also improve upon his strength because he is an undersized power forward. He really doesn’t need to start at power forward though since Tristan Thompson has the position covered. But he could still improve upon his strength because he would be able to dominate on undersized small forwards in the league.
Cavaliers Off-season Options with the Player
Jones is under contract for two more years with the Cavs. This doesn’t mean he will maintain his spot as a budding power forward. Jones has been sent to the D-League six times. If the Cavs feel Jones doesn’t show much promise going into next year, he could be sent to the D-League or become a victim of the amnesty clause.
How the Draft Could Effect the Player’s Standing on the Team
Kevin Jones can either end up being released or being at the end of the bench. Here are two reasons why: the Cavs could be looking to draft small forward Otto Porter from Georgetown. Porter averaged 16.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.7 apg. The Cavs could be looking to draft him because of his great all around game and his ability to take over a game; a nice complement he could be to Irving and Waiters. But the other reason is that the Cavs may not release Varejao, a budding topic in itself. If they don’t release Andy, Jones could be released because of cap space or just a player the Cavs don’t need on their roster.
How New Coach Mike Brown Changes Things for the Player
Jones has a great chance of getting quality minutes next fall because of his great ability to rebound. Mike Brown loves a player that goes after boards and the 50-50 balls. This lone fact could be Kevin Jones’ saving grace.
What the Cavaliers Should Do With the Player (Including Options, Trade, Release or Keep)
Kevin Jones is definitely a good prospect for the Cavs’ young team. He can give them quality minutes when needed and hit the boards. Thus the Cavs need to keep him just in case someone gets injured. Kevin Jones can be that “next man up”, if you will, for the Cavs’ future.
What the Cavaliers Will Do with the Player
Since Mike Brown is a defensive minded coach, Kevin Jones is most likely to stay in Cleveland. Like every player and coach says, “defense travels in the NBA”. And it does. If Jones keeps on playing with the same intensity and fire, Jones will definitely stay in Cleveland and he could be a piece of the great defense the Cavs will have with Varejao, Thompson and himself leading the charge.