What do y'all think his potential may be and how you see his career panning out.
He had a really dissapointing year I thought him going to houston was a bad fit. Houston had a starting small forward and he isnt a power forwards. To me I think he can be a antoine walker like player. He should have went to a team that neded players instead he ended up on a playoff team and he needs playing time to show what he has. This guy was ready to step in and score on a nba level. I dont think he would have been a star in year one but I think he could have at least put up 9 ten points a game.
The problem with Terrence Jones is that he is a tweener. He's got the size of a power forward, but the skillset of a small forward. One of the biggest issues with him is his mediocre perimeter shooting. With the skills of a 3, you need to be able to shoot a perimeter jump shot at a decent rate to be successful in the NBA.
Unfortunately, I don't think that Terrence Jones will be a successful NBA player unless he learns how to play on the block a little and use his unique combination of size/strength to score down low. If he can add some sort of post game with a primary go-to move, I think that he will be fine as a power forward. As far as being a small forward, he just needs to work on his jumper.
Luckily for Jones, he has a lot of potential to polish his game, and he will get plenty of opportunities to showcase his talents. However, I personally believe that Houston is not the city that he will break out in. With Chandler Parsons and Donatas Motiejunas, there isn't much room for Jones to showcase his talents with a lot of minutes to show for it. I think his best bet will be to search for a new team whenever his rookie contract expires.
The best players in the nba are tweeners Lebron, Dwade, Melo, Durant. Lebron is more of just a player who can play any position on the other hand melo is a 6'8 power forward whos to quick for pf and to strong for sf he is better at PF because he can exploit pf on offense. Dwade is a 6"3 shooting guard. Durant is a tall sf who can shoot at pf he is to quick at small forward hes to tall but he is best at sf cuz he can is to quick and is tall enough to guard pf but not strongs enought to consistantly guard PF's.
I totally agree with the previous comment but what do all those players; Lebron, Wade, Durant and Melo have in common? They all have crazy speed. Tweeners who are less likely to perform in the NBA are those who are too slow to play in alternative positions for example Anthony Randolph, T Rob and Joe Alexander. The question for this years draft is could Anthony Bennett possibly face this same problem?
I think Terrence Jones is definitely best suited to play PF. He has nice size for the position and the skill set for the position. He can handle the ball and face-up a bit, which makes him a mismatch for some PFs. He just doesn't have the quickness or shooting ability for SF and he lacks a left hand, which is a bigger weakness at SF than PF.
Edit: I should say he doesn't have a right hand. He definitely doesn't lack a left hand.
I didn't like Jones coming out, and still don't like him. Almost everything that he did at Kentucky was predicated on just abusing his size advantage that he no longer has in the NBA. He doesn't really have NBA skill, and his motor comes and goes. I don't see him ever being anything more than a reserve player.
Could be a good high energy player off the bench..
I really like his game. Yes he is a tweener, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Most PF's can't really expose lighter players on the block, so I can see him getting away w/ whatever he lacks there.
As of now I see him as a poor man's Lamar Odom. His versatility allows him to do multiple things, and he can alter his game to compliment his teammates to provide winning intangibles. IDK if he'll be a starter, but he can definitely change the game and give opponents different looks from off the bench.
to be honest i dont see his career getting much better than what it was this year. I mean i know its a trend but he spent most of the year in the d league(not saying thats his upcoming destination) but i just think ultimately he could end up there for good. I read some of the posts about guys with speed above...well terrence jones is in fact down right slow. I cant see him scoring on anybody at the SF position and at the PF position all i can see him doing is scoring on the break here and there of getting a lucky putback. As someone who wants to see him do well, i do not think that will happen anytime soon
I think he came on stronger at the end of the season when he got opportunities to play. He sure blocked more shots than I thought he would and that kind of reveals how unique his skill-set is. Every year players that defy convention make a name for themselves in the league and I think if Jones continues to work on his game; particularly back to the basket moves, shooting, and defense that he has the build to be a solid rotation player and perhaps even a starter at times.
I was high on him as a prospect before and I am now. I guess I'm in the minority who thought he had a solid rookie year and could be a starter at PF somewhere down the road.
He seemed to get more burn than Robinson (when he got there) and sometimes Motiejunas too. I'd like to see Jones used as a mini Chris Bosh type and think he could be used as a good mismatch.
Thought he played hard and has a nice looking stroke which could be a weapon with some work, and although not the quickest has a good first step.
per 36mins his numbers are 13.6 PPG & 8.5 RPG. I think thats very promising for a rookie.
Here's a highlight vid of his 29 mins vs Cousins & the Kings
It might be Sactown but its looks like a lot to like to me.
I watched all 82 Rockets games, and he's by far the most ready to contribute of him, Thomas Robinson and Donatas Motiejunas. D-Mo has nice offensive potential, but Jones is the best 2-way player of the three. Robinson was honestly one of the worst players in the NBA last year. I was really disappointed in T-Rob, who played to his strengths at KU, but didn't do any of that in his rookie year.
He didn't get burn because he was low on the totem pole early in the year, but he proved at the end of the season that he could play and contribute on the glass as a finisher, and occasionally as a faceup threat.
To the guy who said he's a tweener, that's only a problem if you have 4 skills in a 3 body. If you have (some) 3 skills in a 4 body like Jones, that's actually an advantage. He's definitely a rotation guy next year, and if we don't acquire a veteran 4, I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the starting lineup.
A lot of guys improve their shot once they get to the NBA too so he should be a good 2nd or 3rd bigman for a contender. The PF position is changing to where being 6-8 to 6-9 and being kind of a tweener makes you have a position PF instead of being a tweener. He can potentially be like a poor mans josh smith.
The SF PF tweener issue is a tough one to figure out. Derrick Williams, Lamar Odom, Markief Morris went through it and came out the other side as clear PF and Jones and Bennett will most likely come to the same conclusion.
I thought he was really good last year in limited minutes
Terrence jones to me is like a poor mans lamar odom... im not saying hes gnna be as good as him when he was in his prime... if anything Thomas robinson played horribly his rookie yr.. in all the games I saw of him he took to many jumpers... hes talented to be doing that