Although the Phoenix Suns are the hottest team in the NBA and winners of 10 straight, there is no question that with the back injury to Robin Lopez, they can use some depth down low. The Suns seem to have found that depth in the form of 6-foot-11, 250-pound D-League All-Star Dwayne Jones, who The Arizona Republic reported will be signed for the remainder of the season pending a Monday physical.
Jones averaged 17.6 points, 16.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks with the Austin Toros this season and has played 80 career NBA games, with 56 coming on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2007-2008 squad.
The 25-year-old played for the 2004 St. Joseph’s team along with Jameer Nelson and Delonte West that went undefeated in the regular season. Jones was named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year that season.
The big man tore up the D-League but will be nothing more than insurance for the Suns. He most likely won’t even see the court unless Lopez’s rehabilitation, which begins Monday, doesn’t go as planned, or Jarron Collins goes down with an injury. But you can’t blame the Suns for adding a little more depth on an injury-riddled front-line.
Here are some of Jones’ D-League highlights:
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