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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Kentucky SF/PF Terrence Jones

As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics [1] own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins [2] trade) and 51.


Position: Small forward/power forward

Team: Kentucky

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 252 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-SEC second team (coaches), 2012 All-SEC Tournament team, 2011 All-SEC first team (coaches), 2011 SEC Freshman of the Year

Key 2011-12 stats: 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 29.3 minutes, 50.0 FG%

What he brings: Jones is an inconsistent, raw prospect who played two seasons under John Calipari [3] at Kentucky. However, Jones has the build and the athleticism to become an impact starter in the NBA.

His size (6-foot-9, 7-foot-2 wingspan) makes him a versatile forward, and he can play in the post and as more of a point forward. He is a crafty defender whose length and lateral quickness make him a very good on-ball defender. That same athleticism and length makes him a high quality rebounder as well.

Offensively he finishes well at the rim, is a smooth ball-handler and is a good passer. However, he has to improve his consistency from 3-point range and shot selection to reach his full potential on the offensive end.

Where the Celtics could get him: Jones is projected to be taken in the mid-to-late first round. He might be there for the Celtics at either one of their first-round picks.

Notes: Jones is a cousin of former NBA players Damon Stoudamire [4] and Salim Stoudamire [5]. ‘€¦ He led Jefferson High School in Portland, Ore., to three consecutive state championships, something no 5A or 6A Oregon school had ever accomplished.

Recent articles:

ESPN Dallas: Draft Preview: Terrence Jones [6]

Yahoo! Sports: Terrence Jones surprised his mom with a new car on Mother’€™s Day [7]

Video: Here is a highlight clip of Jones at Kentucky.