Jordan Bone stood out in the Pistons 105-85 loss in the first-round to the Brooklyn Nets. Will it be enough to get some playing time at the next level?
Despite a slow start to his 2019 NBA Summer League, Jordan Bone stood out in the Detriot Pistons tournament finale. The slow start was at no fault of Bone; it was from the inadequate trade restrictions the NBA has in place. Limitations that ultimately held Bone out of the lineup the first two games of Summer League.
I’m not suggesting missing two games will make or break Bone’s career. However, it does carry a small impact. When you are talking about playing time and money for a future career, you don’t want the NBA and their restrictions standing in the way.
But, in typical Jordon Bone fashion, he overcame yet another small obstacle and showed out in the game against the Nets.
Heading into the first-round matchup against the Nets, word was released that Bruce Brown, arguably the Pistons best option in the Summer League, was deemed out for any remaining game.
A significant blow for sure, but it meant more minutes for Bone to shine. And, shine he did.
Bone scored a team-high 18 points on 6-for-12 from the floor, including 0-for-2 from the three-point line. Another team-high, Bone attempted seven free throws connecting on six of them.
One thing the box score doesn’t show was Bone’s ability to get to the rim, something he’s been masterful at his entire career with the Vols.
In 25 minutes if finally looked like Bone had settled down to the quicker pace of the game at the next level. Along with the 18 points, Bone added four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block.
After a few Summer League games where he showed he could play with the next level of competition, Bone has an even bigger task. He signed a two-way deal with the Pistons and most of his playing time will come in the G League. It will be interesting to see Bone can get any playing time in the NBA next season.