Coach Rick Carlisle has mentioned that he is going to give more minutes and eventually a back up role for the young guard. I mean, why not? The way Jones played Saturday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers why should he not get a permanent role with the Mavs?
Jones was drafted 25th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies with the draft rights belonging to Dallas. His main role for the team in the past two years has just been clean up duty. That means that he was usually put in when the main guards and back up guards were in foul trouble or when the Mavs were being blown out (or vice versa).
Maybe tonight against the Warriors he could be part of the main rotation since Golden State is going to bring a rough house type of game. Putting Jones in the game backing up Darren Collison he could give Stephen Curry a frustrating night.
He is not just a decent defensive player he is a really good shooter as well. Well, when given the minutes on the court he could become a really good shooter. He can drive the ball, pull up for a jump shot and on occasions he can pull up and his the three point shot.
However, he does have a habit of rushing the floor. Sometimes he will force up shots when there is no need to or he will pass the ball with carelessness. That right there could hurt him to get a permanent role with the team.
If that’s the case then this could be his last year in Dallas. He becomes a free agent at the end of the season. If he does not perform at a decent level then it may be hard for him to land anywhere in the NBA.
I believe that if Carlisle gives him the minutes then he will prove himself this year. The main reason is because this is his contract year and he is going to want to impress the Mavericks and the rest of the league.