Pelicans guard, Bryce Dejean-Jones, was tragically shot and died at the young age of 23.
The details are a little murky at the moment but we have a decent knowledge of what occurred on May 28th.
From what we know, Jones broke down the door of a Dallas apartment very late at night. At the time, the resident was asleep as Jones broke in and the man grabbed his handgun. The man attempted to try and communicate with Jones but after receiving no answer, he shot Jones in the abdomen once.
Jones later collapsed in the breezeway, and was taken to a local hospital very quickly subsequent to the shooting. Jones reportedly bled out when he was in the hospital. Once he was taken to the hospital he was identified as Bryce Dejean-Jones.
According to ESPN, Jones was in Dallas to celebrate his daughter’s birthday and got involved in an argument with daughter’s mother. Dejean-Jones then broke into an apartment, and Jones thought that it was the apartment of his girlfriend and he accidentally broke into the wrong the apartment.
We are currently unaware if the man who shot Jones will have any charges filed against him. Since Jones was shot in Texas, it is highly unlikely considering the fact that in Texas an individual is allowed defend themselves if they feel threatened in their home. Additionally, the resident did not use force and did not provoke Jones, therefore he is free from that charge as well.
Dejean-Jones recently re-signed with the Pelicans with the deal being three years for 2.5 million dollars. Jones, as a player, had a different story than the majority of the NBA.
Jones went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft, but later joined the Pelicans in the Summer League after opening some eyes in college. He then signed with the Pelicans, but was waived after seven preseason games.
After spending some time off, Bryce joined the Idaho Stampede of the D-League where he impressed a lot of people with his tough defense and strong inside scoring. After that, he managed to impress New Orleans again.
He signed a lot of 10 day contracts during his time in New Orleans and it wasn’t until February 19th that he signed his contract for three years. In his time in New Orleans, he became a good spark plug for the Pelicans and he even managed to start eleven out of fourteen games that he played in.
Bryce looked like he could’ve been a nice piece for the Pelicans to have had for the next couple of years. In spite of the team not looking very good throughout the course of the season, the stats certainly say that he had potential.
Despite that his rookie campaign was derailed following his broken wrist, he finished the season averaging 5.6 points per game off of .406% shooting from the field and .375% shooting from beyond the arc.
If his stats were based off of ‘Per 36 Minutes,’ he would’ve averaged 10.2 points, 1.3 steals, and 6.2 rebounds per game. The Pelicans may have looked weak all throughout the season, but Bryce Dejean-Jones was a surprising bright spot for them.
The reaction around the league was as we should expect. Players all around the league were distraught by the news and here are just a few of them.
The news even arrived to Adam Silver and he proves once again how much he cares about his players and his league.
Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the passing of Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones pic.twitter.com/AwP1EqPwd4
— NBA (@NBA) May 28, 2016
Teammate, Jrue Holiday, also spread some love for him.
Can't describe the hurt and sadness. Such Great person and teammate. Gone too soon. Prayers to Bryce's family.
— That Boy Jrue (@Jrue_Holiday11) May 28, 2016
The news even managed to arrive to NBA All-Star, Chris Paul.
— Chris Paul (@CP3) May 28, 2016
It’s a shame to have a player like Bryce Dejean-Jones taken from the sport. Jones was not only a great, young player, but a great person who should be an inspiration to all of us.
With that being said, the Spark Sports family would like to send out it’s best wishes and condolences to the family of Bryce Dejean-Jones. May Bryce rest in peace.
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