Jones, Rozier lead No. 8 Louisville past Marshall

Jones scored 18 points and backcourt mate Rozier added 17.

      
 

 

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Terrence Jones Injury: Updates on Rockets Forward’s Leg and Return

Terrence Jones‘ time on the sidelines doesn’t look to be ending anytime soon.

According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale admitted that he has no idea when the 22-year-old power forward will return from injury:

Jones hasn’t played since a Nov. 3 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. He’s appeared in four games this season, averaging 14 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per contest. Donatas Motiejunas has been tasked with starting in Jones’ stead.     

The Rockets haven’t labored much with Jones out of the lineup, going 5-1 in their last six games. As long as James Harden and Dwight Howard are healthy, the team won’t suffer a major drop.

One of Houston’s biggest issues, however, is depth, at least when compared with other NBA title contenders. Losing a player like Jones forces McHale to dig deeper into his somewhat thin bench.

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Derrick Jones to UNLV: Rebels Land 4-Star SF Prospect

Small forward Derrick Jones, a 4-star recruit out of Archbishop Carroll High School in Philadelphia, announced his commitment to play college basketball at UNLV on Thursday.

Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader reported the news of Jones’ decision:

Jones, who is ranked 41st overall and seventh at his position in 247Sports’ composite rankings, is 6’6″ and just 180 pounds, so he still has considerable room to fill out his frame.

That is an appropriate way to describe his ceiling as a basketball player too because Jones is just beginning to unearth his potential.

Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com accentuated just how much natural ability Jones has:

With transcendent athleticism, Jones has been able to get by with such a raw skill set at the high school level. That’s why UNLV’s coaching staff has to be thrilled to be the group that gets to mold Jones and push him to become one of the NCAA’s best all-around players.

According to Jones’ father, Derrick Jones Sr., the prodigious wing is putting in the work to become great, per CityOfBasketballLove.com’s Ari Rosenfeld (h/t CollegeBasketballTalk.com’s Terrence Payne):

Honestly, Derrick’s always had the talent to do it all. Derrick’s an unselfish basketball player. Going into the summer he’s adapted and said “I have to take more, I have to do more.” Just working on his jump shot more, working on his handle more. I’m watching the kid everyday come home and go out back and work, go to the park and work. He’s really dedicated and really wants to be at that level. I really know in my heart that he belongs.

Jones flashes ability to choose the three-pointer, but the better he becomes at being a jump shooter and a ball-handler, the more lethal he will be off the bounce and finishing at the rim.

Adding strength should be a priority for Jones as well. If he can fill out and still maintain his amazing explosiveness, there’s no telling how good he could be.

With his skill set as it stands, Jones is already a phenomenal rebounder, can bother other swingmen with his length on the perimeter and make up ground fast, with the faculties to become a tremendous shot-blocker.

Although he likely won’t contribute too much as a true freshman and may take a bit longer to develop than other top-tier prospects, few from the 2015 class boast the upside Jones has.

UNLV must let Jones’ minutes increase in an organic way rather than thrusting him into action, where he can just rely on his instincts as opposed to taking the time to polish his game. Should that happen, Jones is bound to be among the elite players in the country.

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How Terrence Jones Can Turn Hot Start into a Breakout Season for Houston Rockets

One of the under-the-radar stories of the Houston Rocket’s season is the hot play of Terrence Jones. That’s largely due to an improved skill set combined with smart shot selection. If he continues playing with the same wisdom, he can turn a great start into a breakout season.

The 6’9”, 252-pound power forward is averaging career highs across the board: 14.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.8 blocks and minutes.

While it’s early (insert your favorite small-sample-size disclaimer here), that doesn’t mean that Jones’ start is due for a regression to the mean. Even accounting for the fact that he’s missed three games due to a peroneal nerve contusion, there’s enough basketball to suggest he is legitimately improved. 

In part, that’s because it’s to be expected. Being just 23 years old, he’s at the stage where career slopes are still on the incline.

Beyond that, though, part of the trick of early-season analysis is identifying the difference between anomalous numbers and early trends. And the best way to do that is see if there’s an underlying reason to explain surprising numbers. If a player has developed a new skill, then there’s a good chance those changes are real.

In Jones’ case, there are two things to suggest his success will continue, and they’re seemingly opposites: He doesn’t need to have plays made for him, but he’s also become a guy you can create plays for.

 

Plays Not Designed for Him

Jones is an offensive-rebounding vulture. Per NBA.com/STATS, the Rockets grab 36.0 percent of their offensive rebounds when he’s on the court, which is more than with any other player. He accounts for 14.6 percent by himself, which also is best on the club.

Getting offensive rebounds is important, but making the right decision with the ball afterward can be just as essential. At 82games.com, a study was conducted a few years ago, comparing what happens when a player tips out an offensive rebound versus what happens when he shoots it right away.

What they found is that when a player puts the shot back immediately, the effective field-goal percentage was 50.9, whereas when the team tipped it out, it was 47.0 percent. So, in general, you’re better off taking the shot than tapping the ball out.

There’s a logic to it, as the site explains:

Perhaps the real advantage on the shot following an offensive rebound is that the rebounder has secured a good position near to the hoop?

As we suspected, the vast majority of quick shots after an offensive rebound are from close range, dunks or tips, and that accounts in part for the high overall field goal percentage on these putbacks. The defense is also likely to be off-balance.

That’s especially true when the player goes up for the dunk. On those occasions, the average field-goal percentage was 87.7 percent.

On the other hand, when you tap it out, it gives the defense a chance to set up. Furthermore (and what’s not reflected in the study), there’s the chance that the defense can recover it and turn it into transition points.

This is meaningful in the Jones discussion because of things like this:

Jones isn’t a tapper-outer; he’s a grab-the-ball-and-dunker. Based on data from NBAWowy.com, 24 percent of Jones’ field goals have come from offensive rebounds.

He’s one of those guys who’s going to get a certain amount of offense just by being on the court, and those are going to be fairly consistent buckets.

 

Plays Designed for Him

One of the nice things about the new player dashboards at NBA.com is the addition of more tracking stats. That includes intriguing data on the distance of the nearest defender when a player takes a shot. One type of skill is being able to create and make shots when a defender is on top of you, and now we have a way to quantify that skill.

Last year, within two feet of a defender, Jones was taking just 3.2 field-goal attempts and making just 1.6. This season those numbers have climbed to 4.3 and 2.3 respectively.

Also, he’s making treys at twice the rate this year, going from .4 to .8 per game. Furthermore he’s shooting 42.9 percent form deep compared to 30.7 percent.

Jones has improved both in scoring on contested shots and in shooting from deep. Those two things actually complement one another.

He’s making his threes when no one is challenging him—literally. Every one of them has come without a defender within six feet of him. When opponents do come to challenge him, he attacks the closer.

Since he has great ball-handling skills, speed and footwork for a big, that usually results in a mismatch, and that’s how he’s getting his contested shots.

A pump fake followed by shimmy here, a shake there, throw in a juke or two and leather parts nylon.

Or for those who prefer the eye test, here’s another way of saying it. Because he does this…

…and this….

…he can do this….

…or this.

Jones has an inherent advantage, as well. He’s almost always going to have a mismatch.

He has second-option talent, but on Houston he’s the co-third option, along with Trevor Ariza. Some would argue he’s the fourth option. Regardless, it means that he’s going to be getting less defensive attention than his offensive talents merit.

Defenses aren’t going to give Jones the priority when the more accomplished three-point shooters, Ariza and James Harden, are there. They’re not going to put their most athletic big on Jones with Dwight Howard playing. Therefore, invariably, Jones is going to enjoy the advantage, and that’s going to translate to continued production.

Through the early going, he’s been able to maximize that by making good decisions, knowing when to take the deep shot and knowing when to drive to the rim. Keeping inferior defenders honest is a great way to be an efficient scorer.

The danger here, though, is if Jones starts thinking he’s the next Kevin Love and becomes the next Josh Smith instead. His primary offense needs to come by attacking the rim. Utilizing a little range to keep defenses guessing is great, but he needs to not get carried away.

As long as he continues using discretion and doesn’t fall in love with his three-point shot, look for Jones to have a breakout year.

 

Stats for the article were obtained from NBAWowy.com and NBA.com/STATS.

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Oklahoma City Thunder’s Perry Jones leaves game with injury

Perry Jones is just the latest injury in OKC

More bad luck for the Oklahoma City Thunder as Perry Jones III left Tuesday night’s game vs. the Toronto Raptors with a right knee contusion. The Thunder are already without all stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, as well as role players Jeremy Lamb and Anthony Morrow.
Jones was one of the rare bright spots for OKC as they try to stay afloat early in the season without their stars. The Thunder have just seven active players healthy enough to suit up.
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Perry Jones Injury: Updates on Thunder Forward’s Knee and Return

The Oklahoma City Thunder have had perhaps the most accursed injury luck of any NBA team early in the 2014-15 season.

Already without their two superstars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, one youngster who was filling the void nicely, Perry Jones, went down with a right knee injury in Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

The Oklahoman‘s Darnell Mayberry provided further details:

After OKC’s 100-88 loss, ESPN’s Royce Young and Mayberry provided updates on Jones:

Bleacher Report medical expert Dave Siebert weighed in on Jones’ ailment:

Although the Thunder had struggled to a 1-3 start prior to Tuesday’s showdown at the Air Canada Centre, Jones has been a bright spot on the shorthanded squad.

The 28th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft was leading Oklahoma City in scoring among those who had played in all four games with 18.5 points per contest. That promising progress will hopefully not be undone, because the Thunder have a scant number of options to turn to on offense.

For that matter, coach Scott Brooks now has a mere seven players left to work with, so it will take quite a juggling act just to keep OKC respectable in the talented Western Conference.

Such a task has proved to be challenging, but it will be especially so if Jones is out for an extended period of time.

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Miami Heat News: Heat Cut Tyler Johnson, Shawn Jones, and Larry Drew II

The Miami Heat roster now stands at 16 players.
Early Thursday morning the Heat got closer to their final opening night roster — which must be trimmed to a maximum of 15 players — by releasing Tyler Johnson, Shawn Jones, and Larry Drew II. The release of Larry Drew II was expected as the Heat’s intentions were to sign and release him in order to assign him to their D-League affiliate team the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
On the other hand, forward Shawn Jones didn’t seem like he was particularly ready for the NBA level. In 16.5 minutes of play through four games, Jones only averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds and evidently did not impress the Heat organization. Jones is very nitty gritty, however, he will need to be developed further before he’s ready for a NBA team.
The most surprising cut out of the three has to be shooting guard Tyler Johnson. Although a bit out of control at times, Johnson’s athleticism and raw talent were clearly there as he would have been the perfect player to deve…

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Jones expects new arrivals to help LSU into NCAAs

LSU coach optimistic new talent will help end Tigers’ 6-year NCAA tournament drought

      
 

 

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Jones leads Rockets to 95-92 win over Suns (Yahoo Sports)

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 13: Trevor Ariza #1 of the Houston Rockets dunks against the Phoenix Suns on October 13, 2014 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) — Terrence Jones scored 18 points and Isaiah Canaan put Houston ahead for good with a three-point play with 29 seconds left as the Rockets defeated the Phoenix Suns 95-92 on Monday night.


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Texas A&M G/F Jones eligible for start of season

Texas A&M junior Jalen Jones eligible for start of season

      
 

 

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