Former Rocket Terrence Jones Explains Why He Belongs in the NBA

Former Rocket Terrence Jones Explains Why He Belongs in the NBA

Seven-year NBA veteran Terrence Jones is playing in Taiwan, for the Kaohsiung 17LIVE Steelers in the P. League+. However, he is steadfast regarding his place in the basketball world. Jones explained to Sideline Sources’ Wenzell Ortiz why he belongs in the NBA. He detailed how he has the “skills” and “versatility” for today’s game, and lamented the “unfair stigma” he feels maligns his name.

Jones, 30, averaged 38.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 4.7 assists over the course of his first three games in Taiwan. These scintillating performances are merely proof of why the big man feels he should still be in the league. He also emphasizes his indelible experiences playing for championship-caliber teams as an auspicious attribute for playing in the association today.

“I feel the reason I belong in the NBA is that I am an NBA veteran with experience as a starter on a team that went to the Western Conference Finals,” Jones explained to Sideline Sources’ Wenzell Ortiz. “I have the skills and versatility to fit in today’s NBA more than those years. Also, I can defend multiple positions and can make plays for myself and my teammates. I always pride myself on playing winning basketball and know I could help a team in the playoffs.”

The former Wildcat also delved into how much he has grown since playing in the NBA. 

“I would just love the opportunity to support my son and family playing in the best league in the world. I’ve grown as a professional on and off the court. I’ve also learned how to lead with hard work, positive energy, and communication. This has allowed me to be the best role model and father to all my fans and kids from my community.”

Finally, Jones lamented the apocryphal, negative stigma that he feels belies his reputation.

“To the ones that follow me around the world, I think there’s been an unfair stigma attached to my name, and if given an opportunity, I would be able to change the narrative.”

Jones’ NBA career

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Terrence Jones #6 of the Houston Rockets prepares to shoot against the Dallas Mavericks during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2015 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Jones was drafted 18th overall in 2012 by the Houston Rockets. He played a pivotal role in Houston’s run to the Western Conference Finals in 2015, where he averaged 10.2 points per game.

Upon departing from the Rockets in 2016, Jones went on to have brief stints with the Pelicans, Bucks, and Rockets again. Jones has career averages of 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds.

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