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Herbert Jones G/F-Alabama: 2021 NBA Draft, New Orleans Pelicans, 2nd Round, 35th overall

Herbert Jones, a four-year contributor for the Crimson Tide, was one of the better defenders in the SEC over that time period. Jones slides his feet defensively, works through ball screens and consistently drew offensive fouls in school. The New Orleans Pelicans drafted him with hopes that he will continue to develop into at least a viable contributor offensively.

Along with first-round pick Trey Murphy III, the Pelicans upgraded its versatility on the defensive end by drafting two wing defenders with seven-foot wingspans.

Herbert Jones SG-SF-Alabama 2021 NBA Draft recapa
Jones (No. 10 pictured in the 2018 SEC Tournament) drew 23 charges on the defensive end as a freshman in 2017-18.


The SEC Player and Defensive Player of the Year uses his frame to frustrate guards or forwards on the wings. His shooting improved dramatically from beyond the arc this past season, but if there is a question mark regarding the left-hander’s game, it starts and stops on the offensive end of the court.