Former Vanderbilt center was a bit player with one of NBA’s elite franchises for the past three years
authors David Boclair
Damian Jones expects it to be a change for the better.
The former Vanderbilt post player said he welcomed the recent trade that sent him to the Atlanta Hawks after three seasons with the Golden State Warriors.
“I thought it would be a fresh start for me,” Jones said at his introductory press conference with his new team, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I brought that perspective.”
A first-round draft pick (30th overall) by Golden State in 2016, Jones played just 49 NBA games over three seasons with that franchise, which won two championships and made the finals a third time during that period. He also appeared in 76 G League contests.
Jones was a starter during the early part of the 2018-19 season, but a pectoral injury ended his season after 24 games. He recovered in time to play in four postseason contests, the same number he played in each of the previous two years.
Now he is with a team that missed the playoffs each of the last two years and has gotten past the first round only twice during the last eight years. He also says he is healthy and eager for an opportunity to be an important part of a team.
“I haven’t really gotten a chance to show what I can do,” Jones said. “… I still have more to prove.”
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