Former Iowa Basketball standout Peter Jok signed with the New Orleans Summer League team after going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft. Many projected the sharpshooter to be a second-round draft pick, but his stock fell after a rough NBA Combine, especially during the five on five competition. While he was not selected, many believed Jok would be able to find a spot on an NBA roster with a good summer league showing. However, that has not been the case for the West Des Moines, Iowa native.
After playing in the first two games for the Pelicans, Jok did not see the floor in their final three games as he was ineffective during his time on the court. He shot just 33.3% from the field while averaging 2.5 points per game. The former Hawkeye is known for his ability to shoot, and can become a liability on the floor if his shots are not falling.
Combined with his inability to put the ball in the basket, Jok was a defensive liability when on the court. Many of the same problems that plagued him in college troubled him in Las Vegas as well. He was beaten off the dribble far too often in his few minutes of play as his lateral quickness proved to be too slow to be serviceable at the NBA level.
To simply put, the shooting guard looked to be pressing and fell flat on his face. He was fighting for his NBA life and his game proved to be too one-dimensional relying on the jump shot. It did not fall during the draft combine, and that translated straight into summer league action.
At this point, there is no chance Jok will be on an NBA roster this upcoming season. It is likely he will follow the footsteps of his former Iowa teammates Aaron White and Roy Devyn Marble and take his game overseas. He may even possibly stay in the states and play in the newly developed G League and try to impress scouts in order to earn an NBA contract. The former Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year semifinalist is not enough of a well-rounded player to be an NBA talent at this point of his career.