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Report: Baylor’s Perry Jones may fall in draft due to knee injury

Jun 28, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

Perry Jones

Perry Jones seemed to be sliding down draft boards in recent weeks, but we all attributed that to the risks that come with taking him — he has the physical gifts to match anyone in this draft but he didn’t show them consistently on the court. There are questions about his drive, his commitment, his fit.

But there may also be concerns about his knee.

From Chad Ford at ESPN.

Multiple league sources say that NBA team doctors are concerned about a meniscus issue in Baylor forward Perry Jones III‘s knee.

While opinions vary among NBA doctors on the ramifications of the issue, some teams feel that the knee could be an issue down the road and at some point in the future require surgery. Not all teams have the same degree of alarm, but the concerns have caused Jones’ stock to slide from the mid-to-late lottery portion of the draft down into the late teens and early 20s of the round.

This seems less serious a concern than what has Jared Sullinger plummeting down boards. However, when you combine concerns about his mental makeup it may well scare off GMs who look at the board and see other players that they like.

I will add this, by the time you get to the late teens or 20s, both Jones and Sullinger become risks well worth taking.

  1. rajbais - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    I agree about those two being value picks in the 20s. I think that Jared Sullinger is a value pick in the 20s because I actually you do think that he will be a better player than Andre Drummond if he is healthy.

    But then again Andre Drummond is bad enough to the point where an unhealthy Jared Salinger will have a better career.

  2. franchiseplaya - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    a basketball player possibly needing knee surgery at some point in his career?! this is unheard of! if scouts wanna nitpick motor, attitude, IQ or skills i’m down with that but teams should just assume that every player will need some kind of procedure done at some point and not really be an issue, even rose and wade had knee problems this yr.

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