Cameron Jones is not a name known to many but the former NBA Development League Most Improved Player has the opportunity to play professionally for the Golden State Warriors. Jones previous claim to fame was his not-distant-relation to Toronto Raptors’ guard Landry Fields, whom he is cousins with. Jones initially opted for the NBA draft after his junior year at Northern Arizona University, but decided to withdraw to play another year for his school. Unfortunately, the NBA would not be Jones’ next stop on his journey.
Jones decided to pay his dues and work his way up in the development system. In his rookie season in the development league, he played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and was mostly known as a sharpshooter. He averaged 14 points per game with the Mad Ants on an astounding 43 percent from beyond the arc. After a year with the Mad Ants, Jones started his tenure with the Santa Cruz Warriors.
It was in this sophomore season that he was honored with the Most Improved Player award. Despite a drop-off in his scoring, 14 points per game to 12.6, and a decrease in his three-point percentage, 43 percent to 36.5 percent, Jones increased his overall field goal percentage from 44.9 percent to 48.4 percent. He also cut down on his turnovers while increasing his rebounds and assists. His proficiency in the D League lead to a call-up from the Warriors executives which leads into the next chapter of his basketball career.
Jones was a part of the Golden State Warriors summer league championship team. He was an integral part of the championship run, playing in all seven games and averaging 26 minutes per game. He averaged 11.6 points on 49.1 percent shooting from the field, impressive for a guard. He also averaged two steals per game, two rebounds per game. His numbers indicate that he knows how to produce in limited periods of time.
Perhaps the greatest testament to Jones’ readiness to play for the Warriors is a quote from General Manager Kirk Lacob, who said
“I think Cam is the best kept secret in the D-League this season. He really hasn’t gotten his name out there all too much, but he was a first-round draft pick in the NBADL last season.
He had a good rookie year, and I had a chance to watch him in college too. We had an opportunity to trade for him in the offseason. We made a good deal. He may have struggled a bit early on, but he’s actually been in our starting lineup now for about 14 or 15 games. He’s been able to improve each and every week. He brings toughness and a high basketball I.Q. He’s a total winner. Cam’s shown a lot of leadership as he’s come into his role with us.”
The quote, whether slightly embellished, still gives indicates that Jones could be a great contributor off the bench for the Warriors.