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2019 NBA Draft: Pistons net Jordan Bone, an ‘athletic freak’ of a PG

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Tenessee product put up eye popping numbers in workouts

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The Detroit Pistons swung a trade with the Pelicans to take the draft rights of Jordan Bone, junior point guard out of Tennessee. It’s unclear what compensation Detroit sent New Orlean’s way.

Bone is lightning quick and liked to push the pace whenever possible on a somewhat sluggish Tennessee team. He’s also, to put it bluntly, an athletic freak.

Bone had the best standing vertical leap of any player in the NBA combine (36 inches), the second best max vertical leap (42.5 inches), the best shuttle rune (2.78 seconds), the best lane agility time (9.97 seconds) and the fourth-best three quarter sprint (3.08 seconds).

Athleticism only counts for so much, though, and it took a while for Bone to break out in Tennessee. After two lackluster seasons, Bones took the reigns of the Volunteer offense and, quite literally, ran with it.

He averaged 13.5 points, 5.8 assists and 2 turnovers and earned second team All-SEC honors. But he is relatively inefficient with his shot, hitting only 46.5% overall and 35.5% from 3. He is, essentially, a next generation version of Ish Smith with bonkers athleticism. A jitterbug in search of enough offensive consistency to stay in the league.

We know that Dwane Casey loved Ish, especially as a player who could push the pace off the bench. It looks like he has a future version to groom.