Mar 25, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Baylor Bears forward Perry Jones III (1) dunks against the Kentucky Wildcats during the second half in the finals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men

2012 NBA Draft: Oklahoma City Thunder select Perry Jones III No. 28 overall

Perry Jones III was once projected to be a top five draft choice. He’s been slipping ever since and on the night of the 2012 NBA Draft, he fell all the way to pick No. 28 and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Jones attended Baylor for two seasons and averaged around 14 points and 7 rebounds per game. Jones is one of the best athletes in this draft but there is some concern with his knees.

This is without question the best possible scenario for the Thunder. Jones is certainly a risk because of injury but is also a huge reward if he pans out at all.

Jones is a perfect fit for the Thunder too as a stretch four who can rebound and defend. He’s basically a guy the Thunder could have really used in the NBA Finals against Miami.

It was amazing that Jones was on the board this late in the draft and when Miami was on the clock, it looked like they might take him. The defending champs decided to trade their pick to Philadelphia (who was projected to take Jones 15th overall in some mocks) who drafted Arnett Moultrie.

The Thunder have made great draft picks in the past but most of those came in the lottery. Making great picks later in the draft is what makes you become a dynasty.

Drafting Jones may be that first late great pick for the Thunder that propels them to another level on their way to becoming a dynasty.

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