Going into the 2018-2019 season, Damian Jones was going to be the Golden State Warriors starting center.
After winning the job over Looney and Jordan Bell, Jones was injured just a few games into the season and never truly returned until the playoffs in which he saw limited minutes.
Jones didn’t impressive in that little stint and was eventually traded for Omari Spellman, but he did start 22 of the 24 regular-season games in which he saw action. In those games, Jones averaged 5.4 points on 72% and a block per game. That’s what Jones brings that Chriss or Looney may not.
Jones is efficient. He’s a better rim-protecting center given his athleticism and drive. While he may have a similar game to Chriss, he does have a high ceiling as well. He’d help crowd the Warriors frontcourt and give them options.
The 6-foot-11, 24-year-old was originally a first-round pick of the Warriors. While he has yet to show that he’s deserving of above a minimum-value contract, he could come in and push Chriss to be the better version of the two.
Added competition shouldn’t hurt Chriss who already is favored by the staff.