Jordan Bone Scouting Report

Photo Credit: Kyle Zedaker/Tennessee Athletics

Name: Jordan Bone

Height/Weight: 6’3/179

Wingspan/ standing reach: 6’3 ¼ / 7’11

Hand size: 9.25

Position: PG

College/ country: Tennessee

Tools: Athleticism, slashing

Pros:

  • Elite speed
  • Excellent athlete with explosiveness
  • Excellent vision – finds cutters at an elite level

Cons:

  • Jump shot needs to continue being polished
  • Goes for the home run play too often; needs to simplify his game
  • Poor frame
  • Needs to improve shooting off the dribble

Overall: Jordan Bone came onto the scene late thanks to his excellent assist numbers and high-end athleticism. Bone is arguably the quickest player in the draft, and he knows how to use his elite acceleration on both ends of the floor. Furthermore, Bone is one of the most explosive players in the open floor, showing off his 40 inch vertical at the NBA Draft Combine in May. He also has excellent vision, helping him be one of, if not the, best passers in the SEC this past season. Bone’s upside lies in his all-around athleticism and potential to improve his jump shot consistency. Bone seems unlikely to fail in the league, but if he does, it likely roots to his jump shot not developing, or his lack of size limiting his athletic tools.

NBA Comparison: floor: Ish Smith; ceiling: Terry Rozier

Projected draft range: 32-51

Fit with Mavericks:

Jordan Bone would be a unique fit in Dallas due to his athleticism and playmaking ability. The Mavs rarely select hyper-athletes like Bone, with the exception of Dennis Smith Jr. The obvious question immediately raised with Bone, who has a similar frame and skillset to Dennis Smith Jr, lies in his fit next to Luka Doncic. While Smith and Doncic did not fit, a large part of the misfit was in the clash of personality traits – where both players wanted to be the alpha and lead ball handler. With Bone, that issue should not arise, as the Mavs likely would not use him at the same capacity that they had hoped to use Smith. In terms of skill, Bone’s questionable jump shot will make or break his fit in Dallas. He is likely to be limited defensively due to his short frame, but his quickness and excellent athleticism will be his calling card early on in his career. While shooting on the move is a weakness for Bone, his spot up shooting could still make him playable early on. He also brings a much needed element of explosiveness in slashing that the Mavericks desperately need next to Doncic. Mavs fans may be hesitant to have another undersized point guard, but Bone’s talent is a justified pick at 37, and he should be able to fit well with long-term upside.

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