Bahamian women’s professional basketball player Jonkel ‘JJ’ Jones has experienced a dip in play this season, but she remains one of the league’s top defenders, as the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) revealed Tuesday. I’m a person.
Jones finished tied for fifth in the 2022 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year voting and was named to the league’s All-Defensive Second Team. A national panel of 56 sportswriters and broadcasters voted for the defense award, and the results were announced Tuesday.
The Bahamian is still one of the WNBA’s most aggressive protectors of the paint. At 6 feet 6 inches tall, Jones is an intimidating force on the defensive end. Her keen basketball acumen and game and situational awareness allow her to challenge shots and defend the rim without committing a foul.
The 28-year-old post player from Freeport, Grand Bahamas, finished tied for third in rebounds this year (8.6 per game) and re-entered the league’s top 10 with 1.2 blocks per game. She also averaged 1.1 steals per game, just short of her career-high of 1.3.
Last year, the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) placed third in Defensive Player of the Year voting and was named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team for the second time in his career. Last year, she led the league with 11.2 rebounds per game and ranked 10th in blocks.
She is still the reigning MVP, two-time WNBA All-Defensive First Team Selection, three-time WNBA Rebounding Champion, and former WNBA Block Champion (2019).
Despite a drop in production over the year from his MVP performance, Jones remains a consistent offensive threat and is one of the most feared defenders in the league.
She was named to the WNBA All-Defensive Second Team alongside teammate Alyssa Thomas, who was second in Defensive Player of the Year voting. The team is joined by Eddie Magbegor and Gabby Williams of the Seattle Storm and Britney Sykes of the Los Angeles Sparks.
The first team consisted of Aja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces, Breanna Stewart of the Storm, Sylvia Fowles of Swan Song of the Minnesota Lynx, and Natasha Cloud and Ariel Atkins of the Washington Mystics. rice field.
Wilson was named the 2022 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year ahead of Thomas and Stewart.
Statistically, the 2022 season has not been a good season for Jones. A year after he led the league in rebounding for the third time in his career and finished fourth in scoring, Jones reduced his playing time per game by more than five minutes.
In his 2021 MVP year, Jones averaged 19.4 points (fourth highest in the league) on a 51.5% shooting percentage from the field. As previously mentioned, she led the league with 11.2 rebounds per game and neared career highs in blocks and steals. She also shot 36.2% of her 3-point shots from her territory. Jones was also second in the league with a player efficiency rating (PER) of 25.4. This is a benchmark stat that compares a player’s overall value in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers, and shooting attempts. In theory, efficiency accounts for both offensive and defensive contributions of a player.
A PER over the early twenties is considered exceptional.
This season, Jones has shot 51.3% from the field and averaged 14.6 points per game. She added her 8.6 boards per game and her PER overall was her 18.9.
Jones and the Connecticut Sun will face the defending champions Chicago Sky in Game 2 of the Best of 5 Semifinal Series at 8 p.m. at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. The Sun did not lead anyone that series one game.
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