Heat video: Derrick Jones Jr. posterizes Nikola Vucevic with one-handed slam
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Video: Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr. posterizes Nikola Vucevic with one-handed slam

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Derrick Jones Jr. is about as acrobatic as they come in the NBA.

The 22-year-old Miami Heat wing has a habit of soaring through the air self-assuredly and cramming it on any living soul who steps in his way.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much that Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic could do to break that very habit on Tuesday night.

Derrick Jones Jr. has done more than exceed his expectations as one of Miami’s essential role options. He’s currently having the best season of his three-year career – compiling 7.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest.

The undrafted UNLV product joined the Heat in December 2017 on a two-way contract. Following the season, and after an eye-popping showing in NBA Summer League, the team granted Jones with a two-year, $3.16 million deal.

“It’s been very intentional that we try to get him on the best wing opponent every night and really embrace that challenge regardless of how many minutes he plays and what his offensive responsibility is,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said in July, per Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel. “He has to guard, he has to be able to impact on that side of the floor. And that got better. It still has a long ways to go, but he’s starting to understand where he can breakthrough.”

Prior to making his way to the Heat, Jones played with the Phoenix Suns and their G League affiliate, the Northern Arizona Suns.