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Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 8:59 am  |  31 responses

Kevin Durant Plans to Mentor Thunder Rookie Perry Jones


Despite all the mega-superstar success and public adulation that comes his way, OKC Thunder forward Kevin Durant remains a team-first, me-second kind of guy. We’ve seen it again and again throughout his career, and even with three scoring titles, an NBA Finals appearance and a gold medal under his belt, he’ll probably never change. The latest example: Days after the Thunder drafted forward Perry Jones, Durant picked up the phone, seeked out Jones, and initiated what is now a strong, brotherly bond. Via NBA.com: “While Durant was practicing with Team USA in Las Vegas, then his hometown of Washington, DC before traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to Barcelona, Manchester and London for the Olympics, he was busy. However, that didn’t stop him from welcoming the newest member of the young Thunder core to the squad and making sure Jones knew that he will have support this season, both on and off the court. ‘Perry and I got close over the last few months after we drafted him,’ Durant said. ‘I was happy that he reached a goal, a dream that he had been wanting for a long time…We have a good relationship and I’m looking forward to taking him under my wing and also learning a lot with him as well. I’m just trying to help him become the best and I’m sure he’s going to try to help me become the best as well. It’s going to be a fun relationship.’ After Jones’ first summer league game, Durant checked up on the rookie, and Jones returned the favor after Durant’s Team USA games. ‘He’s a guy that really cares about his team and his teammates,’ Jones said this summer at a Thunder Youth Basketball Camp. ‘A lot of people at his level, players like that, most of them care about themselves. It’s very rare to come around a type of player like that who cares about his team.’”

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  • Royal

    If Perry puts in the work he can be special , if he doesn’t he will almost be a carbon copy of Anthony Randolph. Also, I hope his knee issues aren’t as serious as people were saying during the draft.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Great teammate. They have similar skillsets. Hopefully, Durant and the guys can light a fire under him.

  • Shifty

    Just cant do anything wrong, except win a championship.

  • Comment_System

    His mama taught him well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    I feel like Perry Jones could be a be in the mold of Garnett/Bosh, more range on the jump shot from what I seen on his combine and hoopmixtape footage, decent handle with the ball for a 6’11 dude, slightly more athleticism than Garnett IMO, needs more polish in the post thoough (as does any big man these days) If they are able to get that fire lit in OK, and get him to be at least somewhat interested in playing defense….things could get very scarry out there Perry,Ibaka,Durant,Harden,westbrook could be one of the scarriest athletic lineups in the L.

  • Ash

    You cant find a reason not to like Durant. Durant will be a champion one day.

  • spit hot fiyah

    winning a championship would be right, not wrong

  • shockexchange

    Perry Jones has the chance to be the steal of the draft. He has to get his skill level up though and he can’t disappear for 10-12 minute stretches like he did at Baylor.

  • Max

    Great.

  • Junior Taylor

    KD can’t teach something that I doubt PJones will ever have, aggressiveness. The man went up against lesser talented comp last season and never once did I see him attempt to take over a game or dominate the comp.

  • onlytheflyest

    P.Jones has a lot of potential , he just needs the hunger maybe him watching KD can give him motivation.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    maybe the kid has confidence issues. do you know anything about his HS career (i don’t)? Maybe he was dominant then. Or maybe they just reacquired Jeff Green with the 29th pick.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com/content/view/424/37/ Shock Exchange

    Agreed. Either that dog hunts … or it doesn’t.

  • Caboose

    Gotta cosign nbk on this one. Dude looks to me like he’s gonna be Jeff Green with a better post game but worse shooting. I guess that’s a pretty good pick so late in the draft.

  • uqk

    celtics garnett or twolves garnett?

  • Jahmai

    I really really hope PJIII will be fine, after all the concern about his knees. If he’s able to stay healthy and reach some of his potential (let alone alot/all of it), the Thunder will have the steal of the draft.

  • KevinWarren

    That may be premature. KD’s still only 23 years old. Give him time.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no doubt. Jeff Green was my first thought when i saw that OKC picked him up. Especially after seeing the questions, like Taylor’s regarding his lack of aggression.

  • KevinWarren

    I don’t think there’s any other player in the NBA today that’s more critical to a franchise than Kevin Durant. He is the glue that holds it all together.

  • Junior Taylor

    He was the 7th or 8th best HS player (depending on the publication) but he never overwhelmed the competition.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well hopefully Durant can teach him somethin then

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    They once said the same thing about Rudy Gay. They don’t anymore. Gay could be better, but no one questions his heart anymore.

  • bike

    PJones has unbelievable upside. Probably one of the most talented kids in this stacked draft. But he lacks something; motivation, work ethic, confidence…If someone can reach in and pull that something out he will be sensational.

  • Chukaz

    I think he averaged like 14 ppg in HS. He’s never been dominant

  • marcel

    He was a mcdonalds all American 2 years ago

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Derrick Rose?

  • KevinWarren

    He’s a good candidate for sure

  • Roscoe

    DeMarcus Cousins?

  • datkid

    perry jones is a more athletic anti ony randolph who landed in the best possible spot ever. if he works hard he’ll fulfill his potential as a super-tweener and make the thunder unstoppable. Imagine a (fully developed) Westbrook-Harden-Durant-PJ-Ibaka lineup. you’ve got athleticism, shooting, plenty of ability to create your own shot, and EXCELLENT defense who stops that? nobody.

  • dp

    lol

  • Lil Darius

    PG : Russell Westbrook
    SG: James Harden
    SF: Kevin Durant
    PF: Perry Jones !!!
    C: Serga Ibaka

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