Saturday, July 17, 2010
Rookie Jones finishing long haul strong
By Jeff Caplan
LAS VEGAS -- Dominique Jones scored 28 points in Thursday's summer-league game, but he said he preferred Monday's game when he had just nine points and missed 9-of-12 shot attempts.
"We got the win," Jones said. "You know that's the main thing about me."
Still, Jones showed all the on-court moxie and the determination to get the rim in Thursday's 88-82 loss that the Mavs expected when they paid $3 million to move into the first round and grab the South Florida shooting guard. Through the first three games, Jones averaged 12.8 points. He is a big-time slasher and he's done that well. In three of four games, he's gotten to the free throw line at least 10 times.
His shot, as expected, hasn't been inaccurate. He is not a terrific perimeter shooter, a facet of his game he knows he'll have to improve. He's missed all five of his 3-point attempts and is shooting 39.6 percent from the floor overall. Part of that, Jones said, is fatigue.
Since the college basketball season ended, his life has been a whirlwind of pre-draft workouts, preparing for the draft, followed by Mavs mini-camp and the summer league. He said he worked out for 20 of the 30 NBA teams prior to the draft.
"And, I didn't even work out for the Mavs," Jones said. "I feel like I could have played better my first three games, but it is what is is. I feel like I'm going to be a good player regardless, so while I'm young and while I'm learning I'm trying to do what I can do on the court and contribute to us winning."
The Mavs will try to avoid a second consecutive one-win summer when they wrap up the Las Vegas schedule Sunday night against DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings.
After that, Jones can finally get some needed R&R.