Terrence Jones displayed an incredible amount of versatility while he was at the University of Kentucky. He could dribble the basketball well enough to lead the fast break, he could post up on the low block and he could hit the college three ball as well. You would have thought a man of his dimensions (6-foot-9, 252 pounds) and skill set would excel in the NBA, right? Right? Hello?
Okay, I am aware things didn’t exactly turn out the way I imagined they would for Jones, but that doesn’t mean he won’t figure it out soon. He was drafted in 2012 with the 18th overall pick by the Houston Rockets, but spent so much time in the D-League that I almost forgot he was even in the NBA.
Jones only played 19 games last season and averaged 5.5 points per game in 14 minutes of playing time a night. Though his versatility was a rarity for players of his size at the collegiate level, the NBA is full of guys like that.
So far, it doesn’t look like things are clicking yet. But I’ll reiterate that it’s extremely early in his NBA career. We all know he can ball! He averaged 19 points and nine boards per game for the Rio Grande Vipers, but the truth of the matter is that most of those guys will never even sniff the NBA.
Meanwhile, Jones is sitting at the end of coach Kevin McHale‘s bench trying to keep his chin up as all the other Houston forwards get major minutes. My advice to him is “Hol’ your head, son! Hol’ your head! Your time will come.”
Ricardo A. Hazell is a freelance writer for Rant Sports based in New York City. You can follow him on Twitter at NikosMightyDad or add him to your network on Google Plus.