2012 NBA Mock Draft: Sixers Select Terrence Jones, Pass On Perry Jones III Again

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 19: Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives against Kevin Jones #5 of the West Virginia Mountaineers during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 19, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Last week Draft Express projected the Philadelphia 76ers will pass on Perry Jones III, from Baylor – this week Chad Ford, of ESPN, projected the same.

15. Terrence Jones, Kentucky

Analysis: The Sixers might have a tough choice here between Jones, Terrence Ross and Arnett Moultrie. They need size, but also shooting. Jones may be the compromise. He measured out very well for a power forward at the combine, has an NBA body and proved to be a solid rebounder and shot-blocker in college. He has tremendous upside if he puts his heart into it.

Ross, meanwhile, would give the Sixers the starting-caliber sniper that they've long lacked, while Moultrie is a long, bouncy, athletic big man who could stretch the floor for them.

Jones name has been linked to the Sixers a few times, and he's talented, sure, but there a few reasons I'm lukewarm on him for the Sixers.

1) He has a questionable motor.

2) Him and Thaddeus Young are semi-redundant.

Like Thad, Jones can hold his own on the offensive glass, but he's pretty bad on the defensive boards – from the power forward position. Like Thad, he also doesn't have a true position. I'm all for taking the most talented guy available, but not when his game resembles one of yourcore players. DX has Jones best case scenario as Al Harrington – which is a valuable asset, but not nearly as valuable when Thad Young is already on the roster.

I'd rather take a shot on Perry Jones or Arnett Moultrie. Even the other Terrence – Ross – fills a need.

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