Derrick Jones Jr. rejoined the Miami Heat after an impressive 21 point, 17 rebound game for the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
OFFICIAL: Derrick Jones, Jr has re-joined the HEAT as part of his two-way contract.
OFFICIAL: Derrick Jones, Jr has re-joined the HEAT as part of his two-way contract.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 23, 2018
Incidentally, the Heat could use both of their two-way contract players, Derrick Jones Jr. and Derrick Walton Jr., for the remainder of NBA schedule once the regular G-League season ends tomorrow night, March 24th.
Jones Jr. had an quality performance versus the Iowa Wolves with 21 points, 17 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists, and 2 steals in 30 minutes of action.
Neither Jones Jr., Walton Jr. have yet to prove they’re NBA rotation players, but as the season winds and games against teams such as the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks loom ahead, they offer some wiggle room to avoid unnecessary injuries to Miami’s rotation players.
Kelly Olynyk was sidelined due to an injury from a screen, so losing key players for the playoffs remains a priority in the next few weeks.
Walton Jr. has value as a floor spacer and field general with his 37% 3-point shooting and 7 assists per game.
Getting 21 points and 17 rebounds in 30 minutes suggests the tantalizing possibilities Jones Jr. offers once he understands the NBA game.
In last nine games of the season coach Erik Spoelstra needs not only to keep his starters healthy, but maybe even more importantly, the platinum group.