I don't think Simmons or Ingram is some kind of franchise savior. Simmons is a great fit as a 4 in the modern NBA though because he can guard inside and on the perimeter, rebound, handle the ball like a guard, and score inside. Even if he never develops a reliable jumper, he is still going to be a very valuable player. I see him as a better version of Draymond Green who can create offense on his own much better than Green.
Incredible combination of length and tremendous athleticism
Explosive at the rim
Runs the floor extremely well
Smooth driving to the bucket
Ability to rebound and then lead the break
Wingspan helps his shot blocking and rebounding
Solid mid-range game
Stands around too often instead of finding a body to box out in rebounding situations
Still a work in progress with his all-around offensive game
Will need to develop a better one-on-one offensive attack
Free throw shooting
Summary: It is rare to find a player of Jones' height with the athleticism that he possesses. He does not yet have a complete basketball game but all the skills are there for him to be a dynamic NBA player. However, he suffered through a disappointing freshman campaign which hurt his stock, ultimately resulting in his return to Waco. He is still a top-10 prospect based on talent alone and could sneak into the top five if he really emerges as a sophomore.
Player Comparison: Anthony Randolph. Potential, potential, potential. That is all we hear about when people discuss Jones and we keep waiting for Randolph to cash in on his potential as well. Both players are tall, lengthy, thin and athletically gifted, but still raw in their all-around game. Randolph has not reached that potential yet, but if Jones does, he can be a very special player.