Damian Jones

Damian Jones

26-Year-Old CenterC
Sacramento Kings
2021 Fantasy Outlook
It was quite a bumpy year for the 26-year-old center, as he bounced around the Pacific Division all year long. Jones started the season on the Suns before being waived after appearing in just 14 games with the team. Next, the Vanderbilt product signed two different 10-day deals with the Lakers and even started in six of his 10 appearances. However, Jones was not brought back on, and he next signed two more different 10-day deals with the Kings. The 6-foot-11 big averaged 6.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.0 minutes per game over 20 contests with the team. Jones also added a block per game with the Kings. This season, Jones is back with the Kings but faces steep competition at the position. Richaun Holmes will be the starter while the team added the likes of Tristan Thompson, Alex Len and Neemias Queta in the offseason. The team's strength at the position and Jones' inconsistent play make him a hard fantasy option to trust. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $2.21 million contract with the Kings in April of 2021.
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Damian William Jones was born in 1995 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has two brothers and is the son of David and Dana Jones. Jones stayed in his hometown for high school and attended Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge. Jones lead the Hornets to back-to-back Louisiana state championships during his senior and junior seasons. After his senior season, he was named the state's 5A Player of the Year and then interned at Exxon. During his collegiate days at Vanderbilt, Jones was an Engineering Science major with a concentration in corporate strategy and a minor in engineering management. In early 2019, Jones participated in the Alameda Contra Costa Links' Annual Respect Yourself Youth Symposium and he has volunteered for various charitable organizations in both California and Georgia. Fans can follow Jones on both Twitter and Instagram via @dameology. There is something to be said for consistency. For three seasons (2013-2016) with Vanderbilt, Damian Jones was a stalwart in the middle. He started 95 of 99 games and provided double-digit scoring for the Commodores with averages of 13.9 points and 6.9 rebounds as a junior. The 6-foot-10 center had five double-doubles as a freshman and provided 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. Bigger things were expected from Jones as a sophomore, and he met the challenge with 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. He only had two double-doubles, but finished the season with multiple blocks in eight of his last 10 games. Vandy attended the NIT and Jones provided 14.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks before the team bowed out against Stanford. As a junior, the center helped the team into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four seasons. They closed the regular season by winning four of their last five games, including victories over Florida and Kentucky before being eliminated in the Big Dance's First Four by Wichita State. Jones led the SEC in field-goal percentage (59.0) and subsequently declared for the 2016 draft.

Poor shooting in return
CSacramento Kings
January 16, 2022
Jones (COVID-19 protocols) netted two points (1-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four rebounds and one assist in 14 minutes off the bench Sunday in the Kings' 118-112 loss to the Rockets.
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The Kings welcomed both Jones and Richaun Holmes back from the health and safety protocols Sunday, with the latter getting the starting nod at center. The two were part of a three-way timeshare at center that also included Alex Len, though the bulk of the minutes should go to Holmes once he eventually ramps up following his two-plus-week absence. Jones enjoyed a brief run as the Kings' starting center while Holmes was out to begin January, but Jones won't have much fantasy value outside of deeper leagues now that the Sacramento is at full strength at the position.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Jones continued seeing backup-center playing time last season, averaging 16.1 minutes of run with the Hawks and averaging 5.6 points on 68.0 percent shooting and 3.7 rebounds. During the offseason, he joined his third team in three years, inking a two-year, $3.7 million deal with the Suns. In Phoenix, Jones will compete for the backup center spot with rookie Jalen Smith. Given that Deandre Ayton will likely see 30-plus minutes per night, there won't be much room for Jones to have fantasy relevance. Only fantasy managers in extremely deep leagues should entertain selecting Jones.
Jones was traded to Atlanta for Omari Spellman after spending the first three years of his career with Golden State. He averaged career highs across the board with 5.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.5 combined blocks/steals and 1.2 assists across 17.1 minutes in 24 games. Jones had surgery on a left pec muscle that cost him much of the season, but he figures to be fully healthy heading into his first year with the Hawks. Jones' per-36 averages were respectable with 11.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 combined blocks/steals, showing his ability as a two-way player. He'll be a backup center to Alex Len and compete for minutes with the rookie out of Maryland, Bruno Fernando. Jones will likely see a solid dose of minutes with the second unit, but his usage won't be enough to warrant fantasy consideration in most formats.
The Warriors’ status as perhaps the league’s deepest team has allowed general manager Bob Myers to prioritize talent and untapped potential in the draft the last few years rather than NBA-ready contributors with lower ceilings, and Jones’ selection with the final pick of the first round in 2016 was emblematic of that. The center from Vanderbilt had already suffered a torn right pectoral muscle prior to the draft that ended up sidelining him from contact drills until late November, but Jones’ combination of size (seven feet, 245 pounds) and high-level athleticism was too tantalizing for the Warriors to pass up. Since the 22-year-old was always viewed as a long-term project, he unsurprisingly appeared in just 10 games with the NBA team as a rookie, averaging just 8.5 minutes per appearance. The organization was hopeful that Jones would at least be able to show signs of becoming a dominant post force and capable interior defender while receiving more extended action with the D-League’s Santa Cruz Warriors, and though he struggled to meet those goals initially, he rewarded Golden State’s faith by season’s end. He earned D-League Player of the Month honors for games played in March and April after averaging 17.6 points and 7.8 rebounds across 12 contests, while also doing well to avoid the foul trouble that plagued him previously. Entering his second professional season, Jones still looks to be on the outside looking in for a regular rotation spot with Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee above him on the depth chart at center and Draymond Green around to serve as a small-ball option at the position, so expect Jones to move frequently between the G-League and the NBA team in order to pick up minutes. If Jones is able to make further strides in his development this season, he could have an easier path to minutes with the Warriors in 2018-19, as both Pachulia and McGee are set to become free agents next summer.
The Warriors selected Jones with the final pick of the first round in the June draft, marking the second straight season they've chosen a project big man in the first round after grabbing power forward Kevon Looney a year earlier. Like Looney, Jones won't be asked to challenge a rotation spot as a rookie and carries injury risk. He required surgery in June to repair a torn pectoral muscle, which caused him to sit out summer league and figures to sideline him throughout preseason play. The missed development time during training camp will likely prevent Jones from logging more than a handful of appearances in the first half of the season, but that shouldn't dim the luster on the Warriors' investment. The center position is the Warriors' weakest on the roster, and with Zaza Pachulia and Anderson Varejao both on the downside of their careers and on short-term deals with the club, Jones could have a path to fantasy relevance as soon as 2017-18 if his performance in practices, D-League games and his limited opportunities with the Warriors warrant it. While his college numbers from last season at Vanderbilt didn't really pop, Jones' physical attributes are matched by few center prospects. At seven feet and 244 pounds with an outstanding 7-foot-3.75 wingspan, Jones has impressive size and length, and packs plenty of athleticism into his frame. He's unlikely to be the kind of player capable of creating his own shot, but with Stephen Curry and plenty of other talents surrounding him, Jones won't ever be tasked with shouldering a major offensive load.
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Available off bench Sunday
CSacramento Kings
January 16, 2022
Jones (conditioning) will be available for Sunday's contest against the Rockets, James Ham of ESPN 1320 Sacramento reports.
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Questionable vs. Rockets
CSacramento Kings
Covid-19
January 15, 2022
Jones (conditioning) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Rockets, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
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Clears protocols, out Friday
CSacramento Kings
Covid-19
January 14, 2022
Jones has cleared the league's health and safety protocols but remains out Friday against the Rockets due to conditioning issues.
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Placed in protocols
CSacramento Kings
Covid-19
January 9, 2022
Jones is listed as out for Sunday's game in Portland after he was placed in the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
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Collects double-double in victory
CSacramento Kings
January 3, 2022
Jones had 18 points (7-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-7 FT), 10 rebounds and three assists across 29 minutes during Sunday's 115-113 win over the Heat.
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