Apr 28, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones (6) reacts after scoring a basket during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks in game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Mavericks 103-94 to win the series 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s take a look at his numbers this year in the regular season and playoffs.
Jones’ 2014-15 Regular Season Statistics
Games Played: 33 games
Games Started: 24 games
Season Averages: 26.9 mins, 11.7 pts, 6.7 rebs, 1.1 asts, 0.5 stls, 1.8 blks.
Jones’ 2014-15 Playoff Statistics
Playoff Games Played: 17 games
Playoff Games Started: 9 games
Playoff Averages: 23.6 mins, 10.2 pts, 4.8 rebs, 1.0 asts, 0.5 stls, 0.7 blks.
Three seasons into his NBA career, the trend is showing so far that Jones is capable of tapping into every category on the stat sheet.
Trends also show that he averages less minutes played in the playoffs in comparison to his minutes played during the regular season.
Mar 17, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale talks with forward Josh Smith (5) and forward Terrence Jones (6) during the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Magic 107-94. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
I’m not sure if it’s a result of a coach-player trust issue, lack of production/urgency, or simply a match-up issue, but I’d like to think the Houston Rockets are looking to get more out of the young talent.
If I had to take a guess, I’d say his reduction in minutes in the playoffs came as a result of the team going with a seasoned-veteran in Josh Smith due to desperately needing play makers.
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