Dwayne Jones: Undercover agent

Posted by on May 4th, 10:57 pm

Dwayne Jones

Dwayne Jones

PHOENIX — Dwayne Jones went to training camp with the San Antonio Spurs and played his second straight season with the D-League affiliate in Austin that they own.

He learned the Spurs way, got ingratiated into Spurs culture and yearned to become a full-fledged member of the silver and black.

Then after dominating the D-League from a rebounding standpoint, April rolled around and the Suns needed some big man insurance with Robin Lopez’s ailing back leaving the team thin up front.

So one thing led to another and Jones now finds himself fighting with Steve Nash on the Suns side of things as they attempt to finally find a way to knock the Spurs out of the playoffs.

“It’s kind of weird getting so familiar with those guys, going to training camp with them and being in Austin the whole year,” Jones said. “It’s kind of funny how things turned out.”

OK, so Jones probably won’t possess the same intense feelings of revenge in his heart that Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire likely do toward the San Antonio franchise, but it is pretty interesting that Jones all of a sudden finds himself on the opposite side of the rivalry, even if he’s a deep reserve who might not even be active if Lopez returns.

When Andrew A. McNeill from 48Minutes of Hell penned a guest piece on Jones when he first signed, McNeill wrote that he doubts Jones can provide “any insight on how to shut down Tim Duncan or contain Manu Ginobili.”

Jones said the Suns coaches have asked him about a couple plays San Antonio runs but that they get paid to do those kind of things and do them well.

Still, the Toros and the Spurs run the same system, a system Jones has played in the past two years. He knows it like the back of his hand, and he won’t be surprised by anything San Antonio does if he’s called upon for some spot time, a nice trait to have in a deep reserve. And who knows, maybe he could help the coaching staff decode some intricate wrinkle that the Spurs run.

“I think I’m very familiar with the system having run it for the past two years in Austin,” Jones said. “Being in training camp with those guys I kind of know a little bit of their tendencies if I’m needed.”

Although Jones aspires to find a permanent place in the NBA one day, for now it’s almost as if he’s playing the role of spy for the Suns. He spent two years studying everything he could about the Spurs, and now he could wind up being a secret weapon for the Suns, if only from a strategical perspective.

However, when asked for advice on how to stop Tim Duncan, he didn’t have much more of a clue than anybody else who has ever defended The Big Fundamental.

“When he’s subbed out on the bench,” Jones said.

Michael Schwartz founded ValleyoftheSuns in October 2008 and is the owner/editor emeritus of the site. He is currently working toward his MBA in sports business at San Diego State University.

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Tags: Dwayne Jones · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns News · Playoffs · San Antonio Spurs

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SUNSARETRASH // May 5, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Yall need more than Dewayne Jones to help your team win u might wanna consider praying as well lol…b/c yall have no shot at beating my spurs we treat yall like step kids hahaha…if yall believe the suns will win I got some ocean front property in Idaho for sale if u wanna buy that too lol

  • 2 KeZ // May 5, 2010 at 2:05 am

    They need to let him play. PERIOD! I even believe that Earl Clark can do a nice jobb defending Manu…..

  • 3 vemos // May 5, 2010 at 3:55 am

    SUNSARETRASH:

    What are retarded?

    Oh right, you're from Texas. My bad.

  • 4 Burt Darkside // May 5, 2010 at 4:14 am

    SUNSARETRASH:

    You're so retarded, suppose you bought the beachfront property in Idaho from Manu Ginobili, he's really smart!

  • 5 Shawn // May 5, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Does anyone think Jones should be starting over Collins?

  • 6 Mark // May 5, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Please get collins off the floor…hes such an offensive liability that noone else on the team will pass it to him on that end…they know only bad things will happen (ie turnovers and getting trapped and calling timeout) …i would love to see jones or someone else get a chance…hopefully lopez will be back soon…he would add so much

  • 7 heshamkm // May 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    You guys had Sean Marks (a Spur for two seasons before joining the Suns) in both ’07 and ’08, and the Spurs beat you in both postseasons, so I’m not going to read too much into this.

  • 8 The Z. Man // Jun 6, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    No intelligent life among Spurs fans?

    Four championships must mean that fans feel no obligation to actually understand this game.

    As to "Basketball Jones", give the dude a shot. But most of all, give more playing time to the Brazilian Blur.

    MUST start and also finish with LB. Let's go SUNS!!!!

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