Last week I looked at the possibility of Terrence Jones, the talented hybrid-four from Kentucky, falling to the Sixers with the 15th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, based on Chad Ford's mock draft. This week, using Tom Ziller's mock draft as a point of reference, I beg the question, "could Perry Jones III fall to the Sixers?"
Ziller's mock only consists of the lottery picks – 1-14 – but he has PJ3 falling to the Rockets at 14. If the Sixers could somehow snag Jones with the 15th pick, or a few picks earlier – God forbid, they trade up – its a move they have to seriously consider. I've said it before, but I'll say it again: the Sixers desperately need talent.
From a talent standpoint, it doesn't get much better than Perry Jones III. Coming out of high school he was considered an elite talent, often compared to guys like Tracy McGrady. Talent however; only goes so far – ask Marreese Speights. Despite Jones' all-world talent he has major red flags, including: underwhelming production, an admittedly poor effort, mediocre jump shot, low free throw rate, etc.
Obviously, much homework must be done for whatever GM decides to take the plunge on Jones, who has the chance to become a superstar, and a much greater chance to become a bust.
Whether or not either Jones – Perry or Terrence – fall to the Sixers at 15, it's great news that we're even discussing the possibility. While this draft might lack multiple superstar talents at the top of the draft, it's deep in moderately talented players, who happen to be clustered together from picks seven and beyond. There's a great chance one of a non-lottery players becoming one of the best players in this class, when all is said and done.