In the 2010-2011 NBA season, James Jones was a key contributor off of the bench for the Miami Heat. In 81 games he averaged 5.9 points and two rebounds in 19.1 minutes per game and shot 42.9 percent from three-point range. His ability as a long-range shooter proved to be an asset for the Heat.
Over the past two seasons, though, Jones has struggled to find minutes, playing in just 89 total games over the past two seasons. With no consistent role, his production and efficiency have slipped to abnormal lows. Last year as Miami went on to win their second consecutive NBA Championship, Jones played in only 38 games and averaged just 5.8 minutes per game.
However, as the Heat look to three-peat and cement their legacy as an all-time great in the league, Jones could find himself with a consistent role in Miami once again.
Last season for the Heat, Mike Miller battled injuries throughout the season, but he was also a sharpshooter off of the bench for them when he was healthy. He played just 15.3 minutes per game, but often provided an offensive spark when he touched the floor, especially in the postseason.
After Miller was amnestied this summer, though, that leaves that role somewhat open. Jones seems like the most likely guy to fill that role given how is skill-set closely mimics Miller’s. If Jones is able to prove to the coaches and front office in Miami that he can play around 15 minutes per game and provide the occasional offensive spark, he should find himself seeing regular minutes for this team once again.