The Warriors' summer workouts intensified Monday as two top prospects -- Baylor's Perry Jones III and Kentucky's Terrence Jones -- faced off for Golden State, which owns the No. 7 pick in this month's draft.
"They were going at it," Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli said of the Joneses. Ezeli joined the Joneses and North Carolina center Tyler Zeller, BYU-Hawaii guard Jet Chang and McNeese State guard Patrick Richard at the workout.
"(Perry) was doing what he does -- getting to the rack," Ezeli said. "And Terrence was playing good defense. They were just going at it. It was a competitive day."
When all was said and done, though, neither wowed Warriors management, according to sources. And while both played well, they didn't do much to improve their chances of being selected by Golden State.
Both players still have one major question hanging over their heads: Can they play small forward at the NBA level? Neither answered that question, at least not definitively, with their performance in Monday's workout, which means No. 7 might be too high for either.
The Warriors are hoping to use their lottery pick to upgrade the small forward position, their biggest need in the starting lineup. (They then can use their three other picks plus the midlevel exception to address the frontcourt depth they need.) But both Joneses are missing some elements the Warriors are looking for in a small forward.
Both, however, said they could play either
"I want to be the most versatile player," Perry Jones said when asked his position at the NBA level. "I want to use all my abilities."
Said Terrence Jones: "I just feel I'm a basketball player. Wherever the coach wants to play me, I will do the best in my role to help the team win. I played a lot of both (positions). I feel comfortable playing both. So it really doesn't matter."
Multiple sources said both fit best at power forward. Their size certainly fits that mold.
Perry Jones measured at 6-foot-11, 234 pounds and was clearly no longer the wiry athlete who once stood out at Baylor. Terrence Jones -- 6-9, 250 pounds -- looked ready to bang in the NBA while still boasting some perimeter fluidity.
But Golden State is already set at power forward with David Lee. Warriors general manager Bob Myers has said he would hope to get a starter with the No. 7 pick. With several power forward options available later in the draft, Golden State doesn't have to draft one of the Joneses at No. 7 -- unless it is convinced one of them will be a formidable power forward worth waiting to develop.
One team source said Perry Jones is in the race, but he's not a front-runner. Another Warriors source rated the Baylor sophomore above Terrence Jones. So from the sound of it, neither did enough to make the Warriors fall in love.
Jones acknowledged his shot was off -- "I missed some shots, airballed some shots" -- but his primary goal was to show he indeed had a motor. Perhaps the biggest criticism of him is that he doesn't have the fire teams want.
"I can't satisfy everybody with my game," said Perry Jones, who averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds last season for Baylor. "All I have to do is show the coaches, show the G. M. s and play with a motor for whoever picks me up."
Terrence Jones lived up to his billing as a physical, aggressive player. But he needed to show the Warriors some of his skills. He can handle the ball well and is known as a good passer. But his outside shot is suspect, and his decision-making has been a cause for concern.
But Jones said many of his skills were tempered by the loaded Kentucky squad. He played with power forward Anthony Davis and small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, perhaps the two best players in this year's draft.
"I think we all took a little step back just to sacrifice for the better of the team and to win games," Terrence Jones said of his Kentucky teammates. "I think now that we're going through this process, everyone of us gets to show a little more of what we can do."