Baylor's Perry Jones III scared some teams off with supposed knee and maturity issues, but he is a long, athletic point forward with a lot of upside. That he landed with one of the premier organizations in the league, one strong on player development and talent, should only help Jones.
With a solid core of winning players and strong management, Oklahoma City should be able to maximize Jones' upside. Supposedly, he has work ethic issues at times. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will take care of that — on top of what the coaching staff emphasizes.
Sullinger a super selection
Los Angeles Times
No matter what Andy Katz may say about his bulging, er, disks, Jared Sullinger going No. 21 to the Celtics has got to be the steal of this draft. Widely projected as a top-10 pick before his back injury was detected earlier this month, the former Ohio State big man can be a game-changer for Boston.
A Celtics franchise that needs to plan for the post-Kevin Garnett years now has a solid frontcourt duo in Sullinger and Syracuse's Fab Melo. Sullinger will gobble up rebounds and has an improving long-range game.
Any concerns about his back should be put to rest when he plays in the Orlando Summer League beginning July 9. Don't be surprised if Sullinger then makes the rest of the NBA regret its decision not to give him a shot.