Jones has underrated smarts too. He loves to hide on the weak side wing until his defender falls asleep before cutting to the basket and receiving the pass from a posting Dwight Howard, a sequence that most often leads to an easy dunk or layup. If his defender sags into the paint, he’ll simply find some open space and wait for an opportunity to spot up.
You can't sleep on Terrence Jones: Not on the court, not on the sidewalk.
Finally, James Harden's defense matches his drapes.
I fully believe Jones can keep up his play. It's not like he is on a hot streak, offensively or playing his mind out on defense. He is making the smart play: making the right cuts, hustling to get the board, shooting the right shots. He looks to have matured a lot in the off season and is finally doing instead of thinking then doing. He looks more natural and comfortable than last year and last year he looked pretty impressive in most stretches too.
got excited at the idea of Jones being potentially an Odom type player. I've always wanted to see more minutes from him since last year. Guy showed a lot of fire and potential, which is what the ROckets need.
“For any player, if you can get the defense at your mercy — if you can hit the shot and drive by them — there is really nothing they can do anymore,” - Jeremy Lin
"money isn't everything, a torn acl (or 2 in this case) affects your ability to live a normal life, let alone play at the highest level of pro basketball that he's worked for his entire life. What if you broke your arm and couldn't continue your career flipping burgers" - DL24
"Jones, he is something else. Smooth, athletic, long, very good feel for the game, high IQ and at times sneaky as hell. Carefully watch his game and you'll see this guy will be something special. I can't compare him to Parsons because Chandler is just fundamentally sound, it's like he read the whole book about basketball. Jones is more like the kid who learned basketball the right way in the hood. I absolutely love his game. "
So am I. Clutch is making a strong effort to bring us original material from members that are excellent writers, and who can make a strong contribution to the Front Page. It's what someone jonesin' for some reading material about the Rockets is looking for, which is exactly how I found this place over a decade ago. I was looking for something to read about the Rockets, some insight, something original, and not the recycled crap one finds on the sites that will remain unnamed, and sites like ESPN. Yeah, I'm loving it as well.
Great job, Mr. Fudge! Man, I hope Jones can keep playing the way he's been playing since getting his first start, and continues to improve. Now if only Donuts could keep from fouling out in 10 minutes, we might have our backup center, and a big 4 when we need it. ;-)-
(doesn't seem right that GBRocket only has 3 of those green thingies, does it!)
"When in danger or in doubt, run in circles... scream & shout."
Great read... I'm still not 100% on going for Rondo though (I know, not the point of the article).
Lin said after their summer LA workout that Jones looked amazing and it's good to finally see that on the court in meaningful minutes. As Thorpe said, ranking Jones as the 5th best sophomore, he needs more time to prove consistency. If he keeps doing what he's doing, getting easy bunnies around the rim and taking high percentage shots like the corner three, I see no reason for him to fall off. I also love seeing him able to work the screens and dribble himself right down the middle of the paint for the floater or dunk.
I'm sure we all noticed how much our team blocks went up when he entered the starting lineup, too. He has shown that he can bring defensive value as well as offensive.
In short, I'm totally fine sticking with what we've got now and seeing how things grow together. Jones has given us more ability to hang on to Asik for as long as we want to. This gives Morey the time to work his magic and get the best return value possible.
I am the stone that the builder refused...
Outstanding info. A lot of great analysis in there!
Just to add some numbers... in the 7 games that Jones has started, the Rockets have outscored opponents by 54 points in the 1st quarter alone! That's huge. That means at the end of the 1st quarter so far the Rockets have averaged a 7.7 point lead with Jones as the starter.
Although the numbers are not as staggering, in the 3rd quarter the Rockets are outscoring the opponent by 26 points or an average of 3.7 points. In the 1st and 3rd quarters combined the Rockets are outscoring opponents by 11.4 points. That is a huge advantage and a huge hill opposing teams have to climb to try and stay in games.
By comparison, the Rockets were outscored in the 1st quarter over 8 games while starting Asik by 21 points or for a 1st quarter deficit of 2.6 points.
The difference between Asik and Jones in the 1st quarter is about 10.5 points per game
I hope Jones can keep it up. If so we do not need another power forward.
It will be interesting to see if Jones can maintain this level for an extended period.
He's always shown flashes but then would revert to literally a D-league player. Let's see what happens.
"If I had to pick a center, I would take Olajuwon. That leaves out Shaq, Patrick Ewing...Wilt Chamberlain. It leaves out a lot of people. And the reason I would take Olajuwon is very simple: he is so versatile... It's not just his scoring, not just his rebounding or not just his blocked shots. People don't realize he was in the top seven in steals. He always made great decisions on the court. For all facets of the game, I have to give it to him." —Michael Jordan