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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Perry Jones III Slides To Orlando Magic

If the latest rumors are correct, few players have tumbled as far in recent weeks as Baylor's Perry Jones III.

Where the Milwaukee Bucks were once considered a safe landing spot for Jones at No. 12, Chad Ford's latest mock draft from ESPN Insider has the Bears forward sliding all the way to the Orlando Magic at No. 19:

Analysis: This is a long way for Jones to slip in the draft. Many believe he's a top-five talent, but no one knows what position he'll play in the pros. His situation reminds me a lot of the one Josh Smith was in a few years ago. Jones may find a home in the lottery, but if he doesn't he could slide this far. Given Jones' raw talent, he's definitely worth the risk at this point.

As even Ford notes, there's no question as to Jones' talent level. Falling almost out of the top 20 would be humbling, but it could be just the motivation the enigmatic forward needs to maximize his abilities at the next level.

Unfortunately, an Orlando team without a true PG and in limbo due to the Dwight Howard melodrama probably wouldn't be the best place for Jones to grow.

For more coverage on Baylor's NBA draft prospects, stay tuned to the SB Nation Dallas storystream and Our Daily Bears.

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