Miami Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr. Says He Wants to Be Defensive Player of the Year

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With Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade ending his storybook career this past season, the pages will now turn to the team’s youngsters to carry the torch and revitalize the franchise.

One of those young pieces, Derrick Jones Jr., is setting his sights high as he aims to one day be the Defensive Player of the Year.

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Jones, 22, experienced a renaissance last year with the Heat after a subpar start to his career in Phoenix.

The 6-foot-7 pogo stick put up a career-high 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game last season. Despite being known for his thunderous dunks, Jones blossomed into a solid rotational player and contributor off the bench for the Heat.

With the forward expected to get more playing next time next season, he is working on enhancing and expanding his game. While swipes and rejections haven’t been the primary weapons of Jones’ arsenal, the three-year pro will get plenty of time to show off his defensive prowess next season.

The high-flyer has career averages of 5.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.