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Jordan Bone Draft Profile

Breaking down the NBA potential of Jordan Bone

Junior 6’2.75″ 179 Point Guard Tennessee DOB: 11/5/97
13.5 ppg 5.8 apg 3.2 rpg FG: 46.5% 3PT: 35.5%

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Wingspan: 6’3.25″

Vertical Leap: 42.5″

NBA Comparison: Reggie Jackson/Monte Morris

Strengths: Athleticism, Speed/Quickness, Shot Creation, Passing

Weaknesses: Efficiency, Strength, Scoring Production, Length

It took Bone a couple of seasons to get his footing in college after averaging 7.2 points as a freshman, and 7.3 as a sophomore, but he broke out offensively in his junior season where he put up 13.5 points per game. The increased offensive production allowed him to consider starting his career as a professional, and with the deadline to withdraw from the draft having passed, Bone has elected to stay in the draft. His athleticism is elite, which was shown at the NBA combine where he measured in with a 42.5″ max vertical leap giving him the second highest number of the players that chose to participate in the strength and agility aspect of the combine. Not just a jumper, the most impressive aspect of his game is the top end speed he possesses and a high level of quickness, especially in his first step. Having the overall athletic ability that Bone has allows him to be very effective in fast break situations where he can lead the break driving to the basket, pulling up for a jump shot or setting up a teammate. He will be able to compete with the speed of the professional game with ease, and it should be one of the strongest elements to his production going forward. Bone can create a shot off of the dribble as well as almost anyone in the draft class, with his specialty being where he uses his quickness and speed initially and then stops for a pull up jump shot. This was highly effective in college with defenders backing up to deal with his first step and then not being able to recover once Bone decided to pull up leading him to be a deadly mid range player. He is a solid passer averaging just under 6 assists per game as a junior, and playing with two other potential draft picks in Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield has helped him learn how to lead an offense with other talented players around him which he will need to do well at the professional level. 

His efficiency on the offensive end can be improved but his 2 turnover per game average suggest that he has a solid future in leading an offense. The major improvement efficiency wise will need to come with his outside shot. He has solid shooting mechanics and his 35.5% on three point attempts as a junior was a solid start but he will need to become a consistent outside shooting threat to reach his full potential. Strength will be an issue as he enters the professional ranks, weighing just 179 pounds at the combine, and although it will not play a major factor in his overall production he could use some more weight to help with finishing inside. The lack of production in his first two seasons at Tennessee is a concern, and it can somewhat be attributed to not receiving the minutes he did as a junior, but it is also a question mark to a team when a player has one year of productive offensive numbers to go on. He showed that he can score at a high level with some big games as a junior, and playing with Williams and Schofield definitely limited his offensive numbers over the past couple of seasons, however there is a risk that he will struggle to score enough to be a major asset to a franchise. While his athletic measurements were overall very impressive at the combine, his wingspan at just over 6’3″ will be a concern to some teams. Bigger and longer guards might give him trouble when attempting to get his shot off, and he will possibly be a liability with the large amount of switches in pick and roll situations at the professional level. As a defender he has the tools to be successful minus the length, but there will be an adjustment and he will need some coaching up in this area as the talent level is going to increase dramatically. Bone has shot the ball from the free throw line at over 80% the past two seasons, and this is an area that teams will want to see him try and get to the line more often to take advantage of his ability to knock down free throws at a high level. 

Here is an example of his ability to set up teammates for an easy bucket:

This play gives you an idea of how he can use his speed and finish around the basket:

Bone is projected to be selected in the second round by most draft analysts, with some having him going undrafted. His ceiling as a professional is a starter level guard bringing a high level of passing ability and above average offense. The worst case scenario for Bone is that he is unable to score effectively enough to earn significant minutes at the NBA level, leading him to be in a limited role coming off of the bench being used for his speed and athleticism in the open court.

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