Derrick Jones
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Miami Heat  NBA  
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Jones managed career-high averages in points (7.0), boards (4.0), steals (0.8), dimes (0.6), treys (0.5) and minutes (19.2) while matching his best contribution in blocks (0.7) through 60 contests in 2018-19. He's still a work in progress from beyond the arc, but he shot a career-best 30.8 percent from deep this past season. Miami has a deep roster, and Jones is fairly likely to continue coming off the pine. With that being said, the Heat have a good track record of developing talent, and Jones is an exceptional athlete who has made steady strides on both ends of the court. In the event that Jones takes his perimeter shooting to another level, he could be an intriguing statistical contributor thanks to his high motor and defensive versatility. If that doesn't happen, Jones is most likely to remain in a reserve role, slotting in behind Jimmy Butler, Justise Winslow, and perhaps even James Johnson. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.16 million contract with the Heat in July of 2018.
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Jones spent the 2015-16 season with UNLV. He was deemed eligible prior to the season despite some questions about his ACT score. The 6-foot-7 forward made his presence known early in the season with 26 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Chaminade in the Maui Invitational. It was the first of his four double-doubles. Jones came off the bench for the first half of the season, but he forced his way into the starting lineup. He scored 14 points and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds in a win over San Jose State. In what turned out to be his last two games of the season, Jones scored a combined 48 points on a 13-for-21 tally from the field and a 22-for-25 effort from the line. He was declared ineligible for the final three UNLV games of the season because his ACT score had been cancelled. Jones made himself eligible for the 2016 Draft after one season with the Runnin' Rebels.

Goes off with 23-point effort
FMiami Heat
March 12, 2020
Jones posted 23 points (10-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt), two rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 109-98 loss to the Hornets.
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Jones has started 13 of Miami's last 15 games and while his production has not been very good, he remains capable of these scoring outbursts on any given night. For what is worth, this 23-point outing was his second-highest scoring performance of the season.
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2016

Jones went undrafted during the 2016 NBA Draft. He signed with the Kings for the Summer League, but a groin injury kept him out. Jones later signed with the Suns prior to training camp, and the 19-year-old was able to secure a roster spot to start the season. He made his NBA debut against the 76ers on Nov. 19, playing three minutes. Jones spent much of the 2016-17 season in the NBA D-League with the Northern Arizona Suns, averaging 14.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Jones appeared in five games for Phoenix before the All-Star break. He was selected to compete in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, making it through the final round before losing to Glenn Robinson III. After the break, the rookie forward began seeing more playing time. Jones averaged 20.9 minutes per game the rest of the way, providing averages of 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.5 blocks while shooting 55.3 percent from the field. His best game came Apr. 9, when he posted season highs with 15 points and three steals in 27 minutes against the Mavericks. Jones snagged a season-high eight rebounds against the Rockets on Apr. 2, adding 10 points.

2017

Jones started the 2017-18 season with the Suns, coming off the bench for six games. He averaged 1.5 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.7 blocks in 5.5 minutes for Phoenix. The sophomore forward was assigned to the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA G League before being waived in December. He later signed a two-way contract with the Heat, splitting time between the pro ranks and the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Miami's G League affiliate. Jones made his debut for the Heat on Jan. 9, collecting eight points and five rebounds. His top performance came Apr. 6, when Jones posted 10 points and four rebounds in just 11:48 on the road against the Hawks. He collected a season-high five boards on two occasions, including Jan. 22 against Houston, when he also set a season high with three blocked shots. All in all, Jones averaged 3.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 15.1 minutes per game with Miami.

2018

Jones had his best season yet in his third NBA campaign and first full season with Miami. He set new personal bests in games played (60), starts (14) and minutes per game (19.2) while averaging career highs with 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals. He set a new high-water mark with 18 points at Boston on Jan. 21, adding nine rebounds. The UNLV product then equaled that mark Mar. 2 against Brooklyn. After seeing a drop in his shooting efficiency in his sophomore year, Jones bounced back, draining 49.4 percent of his shots. That included a big improvement in his long-range game, as he raised his 3-point percentage to a career-best 30.8. Jones grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds versus the Lakers on Dec. 10 after pulling in 11 boards two days earlier against the Clippers. In fact, December was his finest month of the season, as he averaged 8.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.2 assists per contest. On the year, Jones finished fourth on the Heat in rebounding, third in blocks and third in field-goal percentage.

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Transaction History
  • September 13, 2016
    Signed a three-year contract with the Phoenix Suns
  • December 7, 2017
    Waived by the Phoenix Suns.
  • December 31, 2017
    Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Miami Heat
  • July 1, 2018
    Signed a two-year contract with the Miami Heat.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Jones was a member of the Suns until being waived in early December. The Heat seized the opportunity, signing the UNLV product to a two-way deal later than month. He only appeared in 14 games (eight starts) with the parent club, averaging 3.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15.2 minutes. His upside shined through more in the G-League. Between both organizations’ respective G-League affiliates, Jones averaged 17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and a combined 3.0 blocks/steals. Notably, he flashed an improved three-point jumper, hitting 1.6 threes per tilt at 33.8 percent after shooting 25.5 percent during his rookie year. Still, despite tangible improvements, it will be a challenge for the top-flight athlete to garner a significant role at the NBA level considering the Heat’s logjam on the wing.
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Defensive production Sunday
FMiami Heat
March 8, 2020
Jones ended with just four points (1-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block in 31 minutes during Sunday's 100-89 victory over the Wizards.
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Back to starting five
FMiami Heat
February 28, 2020
Jones will start Friday's game against the Mavericks.
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Returns to bench role
FMiami Heat
February 26, 2020
Jones isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves.
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Brings defense vs. Cavs
FMiami Heat
February 23, 2020
Jones started at small forward and contributed 13 points (5-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists and four steals across 27 minutes Saturday in the Heat's 124-105 win over the Cavaliers.
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Returns to starting five
FMiami Heat
February 22, 2020
Jones is starting Saturday's game versus the Cavaliers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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