Summer League Magic Player Preview: Cameron Jones
The 2014 Orlando Summer League begins Saturday. We’ll be taking a look at some of the Magic’s squad invitees. The list is subject to change, but there are currently 19 men on Orlando’s roster. You already know about Victor Oladipo, Dewayne Dedmon, and last year’s second round selection Romero Osby who is back after being cut before the ’13-’14 season began and spending time in the D-League. As well as draft pick-ups Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, and Roy Devyn Marble. We’ll peek at the rest.
Who is Cameron Jones?
The 6′ 4″ guard will find comfort in knowing he’ll be teaming up with Dedmon and Seth Curry. All three spent time together at various points last season with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the D-League. Jones went to Northern Arizona – he’s the school’s all-time leading scorer - where Cameron was All-Big Sky First Team in his junior and senior years. His cousin is Landry Fields. Jones went undrafted in 2011.I
He was in the Miami Heat’s training camp for four days in December 2011 following the lockout before getting cut. The 25-year-old spent a season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants where he was All-NBDL First Team in ’11-’12, and has been with Santa Cruz since 2012. He earned the D-League’s Most Improved Player award in ’12-’13 which led to Cam getting a Summer League invite with Golden State in Vegas last summer. The Warriors won the NBA Summer League title which led to a training camp invite with GSW. Despite praises for bettering his game, Jones was cut prior to the ’13-’14 regular season and he returned to Santa Cruz once more.
In 54 games with Santa Cruz last season, Cam averaged 20.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.5 apg, and 1.3 spg at 46.3 FG%, 85.2 FT%, and 40.4 3PT% in 36 minutes per contest. Jones is playing the best basketball in his life and it’ll be intriguing to see if Cam can keep it up for the Magic.