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CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Not drafted by the NBA out of college in 2016…signed as a free agent by the Phoenix Suns on Sept. 25, 2016…waived by Phoenix on Dec. 7, 2017…signed to a two-way contact by the HEAT on Dec. 31, 2017…re-signed by the HEAT to a standard NBA contract on July 1, 2018. PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Has appeared in 52 NBA regular season games (16 starts) during his two-year NBA career and has averaged 4.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 15.2 minutes while shooting 51.1 percent from the floor, 20.7 percent from three-point range and 69.2 percent from the foul line…has scored in double figures seven times…has yet to play in an NBA Playoff game…has appeared in 48 NBA G League games (39 starts) and has averaged 16.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.29 steals and 30.0 minutes while shooting 49.7 percent from the field, 31.7 percent from three-point range and 65.8 percent from the foul line…has scored in double figures in G League play on 39 times, including 16 games with at least 20 points and four 30-point performances…his G League high for consecutive games scoring in double figures is 18 (Nov. 27, 2016-Nov. 11, 2017)…grabbed double-figure rebounds in eight G League games and recorded seven double-doubles. 2017-18 SEASON: Split the season between the Miami HEAT and Phoenix Suns of the NBA and the Sioux Falls Skyforce and Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA G League…appeared in 20 NBA games (eight starts) with the HEAT and Suns and averaged 3.1 points (.396 FG%, .667 FT%), 1.9 rebounds and 12.3 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury, but was a DNP-CD on 19 occasions, missed six games as a healthy scratch on the inactive list and missed 27 games while on G League assignments…saw action in 14 games (eight starts) with the HEAT and averaged 3.7 points (.388 FG%, .611 FT%), 2.4 rebounds and 15.2 minutes…scored in double figures once with the HEAT…led Miami in blocks twice and steals once…made his Miami debut on Jan. 5 vs. New York…came off the bench in all six games in which he appeared for the Suns and averaged 1.5 points (.500 FG%, .833 FT%), 0.7 rebounds and 5.5 minutes…appeared in 29 G League games (22 starts) with the Skyforce and Northern Arizona Suns and averaged 17.4 points (.497 FG%, .692 FT%), 7.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.79 blocks, 1.31 steals and 29.0 minutes…scored in double figures 21 times in G League play, including 12 games with at least 20 points and four 30-point efforts…scored a G League career-high 33 points at Salt Lake City on Mar. 12…scored 21 points and grabbed a G League career-high 17 rebounds in his final G League game of the season at Iowa on Mar. 20…grabbed double-figure rebounds eight times and amassed seven double-doubles…started 11 of the 13 games in which he appeared with the Skyforce and averaged 19.9 points (.512 FG%, .760 FT%), 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.69 blocks, 1.46 steals and 29.1 minutes…appeared in 16 games (11 starts) for the Northern Arizona Suns and averaged 15.4 points (.485 FG%, .603 FT%), 7.2 rebounds, 1.88 blocks, 1.8 assists, 1.19 steals and 28.9 minutes…NBA Season Highs: 10 points (at Atlanta, Apr. 4), five rebounds (twice), three blocks (at Houston, Jan. 22), two assists (vs. Portland, Oct. 18), one steal (four times) and 29:32 minutes (at Houston, Jan. 22). 2016-17 SEASON: Split the season between the Phoenix Suns of the NBA and the Northern Arizona Suns of the G League…appeared in 32 games (eight starts) for the Suns and averaged 5.3 points (.562 FG%, .707 FT%), 2.5 rebounds and 17.0 minutes…led all NBA rookies by shooting 71.6 percent (58-81) on shots inside the restricted area; in the past 10 seasons only two rookies (Mason Plumlee, Jeremy Evans) posted a higher percentage in the restricted area (min. 50 makes)…33 of his 68 field goals made (48.5 percent) were dunks…made 16 of 17 field goal attempts (94.1 FG%) over a seven-game span from Feb. 26-Mar. 9…scored in double figures on six occasions, including a career-high three consecutive games from Apr. 7-11…made his NBA debut on Nov. 19 in his hometown of Philadelphia…made his first NBA start on Mar. 11 at Dallas…recorded career highs in both points (15) and steals (3) vs. Dallas on Apr. 9…grabbed a career-high eight rebounds vs. Houston on April 2…finished as the runner-up in the Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend…twice recorded dunks that received a perfect 50 in the contest: going between the legs on a pass off the side of the backboard from Devin Booker on one and going between the legs after taking off with two feet outside the dotted semicircle on the other…along with Dragan Bender, Devin Booker and Marquese Chriss was one of four teenagers on the Suns’ opening night roster, the first team in NBA history with four teens (no previous team had as many as three)…with the Northern Arizona Suns he started 17 of the 19 games in which he appeared and averaged 14.5 points (.495 FG%, .611 FT%), 5.6 rebounds, 1.26 steals and 31.6 minutes…scored in double figures 18 times, including four games with at least 20 points for Northern Arizona…NBA Season Highs: 15 points (vs. Dallas, Apr. 9), eight rebounds (vs. Houston, Apr. 2), four assists (at Sacramento, Apr. 11), three steals (vs. Dallas, Apr. 9), two blocks (three times) and 34:28 minutes (at Atlanta, Mar. 28). NBA PLAYOFFS: 2018: Did not appear in Miami’s Opening Round series vs. Philadelphia, as a player on a two-way contract he was ineligible for postseason play. HONORS: 2016-17: Was the runner-up fin the Verizon Slam Dunk at NBA All-Star 2017 in New Orleans.
Declared for the NBA Draft following one season at UNLV…averaged 11.5 points (.589 FG%) and 4.5 rebounds in 30 games as a freshman in 2015-16, finishing as the Runnin’ Rebels’ second-leading scorer…scored in double figures 18 times, including five games with at least 20 points…recorded four double-doubles, including a career-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds vs. Chaminade at the Maui Invitational…grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds vs. San Jose State on Feb. 10…was declared ineligible by the NCAA on Mar. 2, bringing his freshman season to an end prematurely.
Full name is Derrick Labrent Jones, Jr…nickname is “Airplane Mode”…is the son of Derrick, Sr. and Otiesse Jones…has one brother (Lakeem) and two sisters (Dej’sha and On’Jesha)…has two sons (Derrick Jones III and Princeton)…when his playing career is over he would like to coach…his favorite sport other than basketball is bowling…when he’s not playing basketball he enjoys going bowling, going to Topgolf and spending time at the mall…finished his high school career as the leading scorer in Archbishop John Carroll H.S. history with 1,645 career points…was named the Southeastern Pennsylvania Player of the Year, the Delaware County Player of the Year, the PIAA Triple-A Player of the Year and First-Team All-Catholic League after averaging 19.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks as a senior…helped the Patriots to the finals of the state tournament after posting 30 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks in the semifinals…was named the Best Dunker in the country in the class of 2015 and won the slam dunk contests at the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championship in Carmel, Ind., on Apr. 1, 2015…wears size 14 sneakers.