With Perry Jones' draft stock slipping, his representatives may be moving from trying to maximize his draft slot to finding the best fit for his talents in the middle of the first round.
Jones would be an ideal fit next to a top young PG, which is why the Philadelphia 76ers, with Jrue Holiday, would be an intriguing landing spot for the Baylor sophomore. And in the latest mock draft from Jonathan Givony of Draft Express and Yahoo! Sports, he has Philadelphia grabbing Jones at No. 15:
Perry Jones: PF, 20, 6-11, 220, Baylor, Soph.
The Sixers are in a position to pick the best player that drops to them at 15, and Perry Jones is one of the most talented prospects in this draft. He can play alongside any of the frontcourt players the 76ers have at the moment, and would benefit greatly from the tough love of head coach Doug Collins.
Philadelphia desperately needs the type of size, athleticism and playmaking ability Jones could provide at the power forward position. In the second round of the playoffs, the 76ers never had a defensive answer for Kevin Garnett, as Elton Brand has been a massive disappointment since coming over in free agency.
Jones, who can spread the floor and defend all three front-court positions, would work well with Thaddeus Young upfront and give the 76ers a whole new dimension. At the same time, Philadelphia has enough offensive talent so they wouldn't demand Jones shoot the ball 15x a game, which is not his strength as a player.