Damian Jones tore his pectoral muscle last night. He will miss the rest of the season. That is a tough break for a nice kid. I wish him all the best.
I spent the first three quarters (pre-injury) last night realizing that the Damian Jones experiment failed. Don Nelson used to say that you need to see 20 games to evaluate a team. Well, we finished number 26 last night. Time to draw conclusions.
My conclusion: he’s not going to make it. He is lacking too many skills. He is obviously not effective now, and I don’t think he ever will be. It was pretty telling to learn that the Warriors were in the hunt for Tyson Chandler a few weeks ago.
Jones works hard. He’s a good guy. He has tremendous size and athleticism – he dominates the G-League. But there are a couple dozen small basketball skills that he lacks. Jim Barnett catalogs his flaws every game. He has bad footwork, stone hands, bad instincts, gathers before shooting.
The lack of skills gets exposed at this, the highest, level. Jones gets pwned each night by real NBA centers.
Maybe most damning of all – he won’t shoot unless it is a dunk. That is what got Andrew Bogut sent away. Enter Zaza and David West, guys that weren’t afraid to shoot a 12 footer. And JaVale, who wasn’t afraid to shoot from 3 (though we wish he didn’t).
This is bad news for Bob Myers. The Warriors will have invested three years and millions of dollars on the guy. Their next 5-year plan surly included an affordable center in his 20s. DeMarcus Cousins will eventually appear to save this season. But next summer, they’ll be calling guys in their 30s again, hoping to patch together another “center-by-committee” (to borrow a term from Fitz).