NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT
|POSITION: PF||FROM: Texas (Bahamas)||HT: 6-11 1/2||WT: 221|
|BORN: 1/19/01||YEAR: So.||WING: 7-1 3/4||REACH: 9-2 1/2|
Extra long, bouncy and quick off his feet, Kai Jones has all the upside and all the tools to be a lottery pick, even though his college production doesn’t jump out at you.
His activity around the rim is impressive and his open court ability at over 6-11 really stands out. He plays above the rim with ease and finishes most of his moves with a dunk.
At 6-11+ he shows really good handles and he can run the fast break or take his man off the bounce in the half court set. He still needs to polish up his ball-handling but that will come with time. For now, he’s far advanced compared to most other players his size and age.
Jones has a super quick first and second jump. His ability to recover defensively is impressive and he’s a high level shot blocker and solid overall defender. His defensive versatility and ability to step out and guard smaller players gives him a ton of added value at the NBA level.
At this point he’s very thin and he’ll have to hit the weights hard and continue to grow into his frame. He weighted in at 221 pounds at the combine, which is a nice improvement over where he was at last year.
lottery to mid first round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft