Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE
With Patrick Patterson as the starter, at least for now, I assumed Jones would only get limited minutes off the bench. But with Patterson out due to an injury I expected Jones to start and play at least 30 minutes no questions asked. But Terrence didn’t even get one second of playing time.
Kevin McHale shockingly started Marcus Morris. Morris is a guy who has been in McHale’s doghouse ever since he entered the league. His growth has been stunted due to this. He looked very nervous against the Pistons. Dropping easy passes and missing basic layups. He finished with 6 points on 3-10 shooting and 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. When Morris wasn’t in the game the Rockets continued to play small with Chandler Parsons at the four. Greg Smith also got some playing time alongside Omer Asik for a few minutes.
This is just simply unacceptable. Jones should have at least got 10 minutes of playing time backing up Morris. Hell, he should have started and got 30 minutes of playing time. Fans, the reason why Jones was missing in action is because McHale does not trust rookies. Morris is a perfect example of the trust McHale lacked in him last year. Why he trusted Parsons so much I have no idea. But McHale has a track record of pushing rookies to the end of the bench in favor of veterans no matter the talent level.
Terrence Jones isn’t just better than Morris, he’s probably better than Patterson already. Will he make mistakes? Of course, but he should be getting some experience now. The Rockets want to rebuild while still contending. Why not give a youngster who is game ready some playing time?
Don’t get me wrong, I think Morris has all the talent in the world. But he should be a lot better than what he has shown so far. If he doesn’t start to progress soon I expect Jones to take his spot and never give it back. In fact, I expect Jones to be the starter by 2013.