The former first-round pick definitely needed time to ease into the pro basketball world when he was drafted in 2016. During Jones’ first two seasons in the NBA, the Warriors played him not much more than five minutes at a time.
This led to him shooting around 50% from the field, but he didn’t even have the time to average two points per game. The Warriors didn’t give him much of a chance to start his career.
In his third season though, the Warriors put a little more faith in him, and he started playing 17 minutes per game, averaging around 5.4 points per game and even improving his shooting percentage to 71.6%.
His last season with the Warriors was pretty similar to his most recent season with the Atlanta Hawks — mediocre, but definitely shows improvement from the start of his career.
With that being said, Jones is someone who is improving more as he gains experience and in the league; this is also growing his confidence. He was the Warriors’ starting center for a time and could reclaim his position.
The 24-year-old could definitely use a little more nurturing, but as long as Jones is willing to put in the work, he can only go up from here.