2 goals for suggested FA target Derrick Jones Jr. if he ends up with Cavs

Miami Heat wing Derrick Jones Jr. blocks a shot. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Miami Heat wing Derrick Jones Jr. blocks a shot. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Derrick Jones Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers
Miami Heat wing Derrick Jones Jr. communicates with teammates. (Photo by Harry Aaron/Getty Images) /

Jones Jr. Cleveland Cavaliers goal #1: Improve as a three-point shooter

Derrick Jones Jr. was not a good three-point shooter for the Miami Heat in 2019-20. Over the course of the regular season, Jones Jr. shot 2.2 three-point shots per game and converted on only 28.0 percent of them.

Jones Jr. would be a solid addition to the Cavaliers offense due to his length, cutting/putback timing and athleticism, but if he were able to improve upon his three-point shooting, that would add a whole new weapon to his offensive arsenal.

Improving his three point shooting, feasibly via spot-ups, would probably lead to an increase in points per game for Jones Jr., but it would also lead to more flexibility for Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff.

With players like Collin Sexton, Kevin Porter Jr. and Kevin Love, who all pose as threats to score inside the paint, the Cavaliers will likely look to surround those players with viable spot-up/catch-and-shoot threats. This would create better spacing for Sexton and KPJ to attack the basket for layups and for Kevin Love to score in post opportunities.

Increasing his three-point shooting percentage would lead to better performances from Jones Jr. himself, and also better performances from whatever team he plays for next season. In a now-perimeter-driven NBA which now has an extra emphasis on three-point shooting, any player who plays on the wing or as a guard should be expected to be a decent three-point shooter at the very least on spot-ups.

And shooting only 28.0 percent from deep in 2019-20 is something that DJJ should look to continue improving upon. He does not need to become a marksman, but somewhere around 33.0 percent from three-point land should be a key goal for Jones Jr.

If he can become a better shooter from behind the arc, it will significantly improve his overall offensive capabilities.