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Thirteen Ways of Looking At Terrence Jones

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Is the second year Rockets power forward starter poised to breakout, or flameout? This preview won't tell you that. But it may help you decide. Or it will just irritate you.

Scott Halleran

Thirteen Ways Of Looking At Terrence Jones

(With (many) apologies to Wallace Stevens)

I

Two autumns flown

Commencing three

Two Rockets rookies

Younger than one Terrence Jones

II

Who am I?

A chart.

Recondite.

Revealing?

TS%

eFg%

ORB%

DRB%

ORtg

Drtg

OWS

DWS

WS

"A"

.573

.545

11.8

22.2

113

106

4.0

2.5

6.5

"B"

.577

.564

9.2

18.5

119

105

4.6

2.7

7.3


III

Gloriously coiffed "A"

Two years senior to "B"

Animalistic "A" played 2200 more

NBA minutes than basically groomed "B"

IV

"A" got a raise.

$50 million worth of breakout for

FIBA tourney terror

Look again

V

How much better can

"A" Kenneth Faried

"B" than a Terrence Jones?

One Hundred Twenty Two Thousand Per Game?

VI

The market

For "A" player of those attributes

Not now a bargain like "B"

Is $12.5 million per annum

VII

Much reviled PER

Has a Jones

A nose better than a Bosh now and

Better than two initial Bosh years

VII

Jones is a tweener, (I am told)

But is not the association wholly blended and bent

Almost

To blurred in-between roles?

VIII

Bad performances rankle so

That the good

Must be

Ignored

IX

36 points, 11 rebounds

Most other superior single

Power Forward Nights

Belonged To Kevin Love, (but not to his second season)

X

Four of the top five

82Games best regarded

Rockets Lineups

Have a Jones in them

XI

It could be

That consistency is unreliable

It could be

Post defense ever offends

XII

Has a career flown by

So swiftly

We know just what sort of

Bird sings Jones' song?

XIII

Even so

Moreso

Jones, nest or take flight

No longer a fledgling

Player Previews can get a bit samey (at least if I'm writing them), and as Terrence Jones has probably had more words written about him here than anyone since May, I thought a fresh approach was in order. You may not have enjoyed it, but its full of healthful facts and comparisons!  And essential internet vitamins. It is by no means comparable with Wallace Stevens.

You may have made up your mind about Terrence Jones, but I urge you to reconsider, either way. Right now Jones seems poised atop the same fulcrum he's been on since Kentucky -- astonishing for better or worse. But his grade remains incomplete. Is that simply who he is, or will he turn in a mature effort?  Growing up can turn an inconsistent boy into a serious, focused, man.  Just look at Trevor Ariza, who is not now the callow lad who dribbled aimlessly for the Rockets of yore.

I believe that we'll see a more mature effort.  I think Jones will continue to improve.  I think he'll change the narrative he acquired in the playoffs, change it to one where people consider him one of the better young big men in the NBA.  I believe that Terrence Jones has the ability to be, at worst, a very solid regular.  The key is consistency, and for Jones the key to consistency is solid defensive efforts.  All the tools of stardom are there.  The time to step up is now, and I believe Jones will.