I_Like_Dirt wrote:Every team does. I'm not even poopooing Jones here. I just don't see what Ben Wallace has to do anything. Jones is far closer to being Marcus Smart.
I don't pick up the reference in your first sentence. But, of course there is a sense in which Ben Wallace has nothing to do with Jones.
But there is also a sense in which he does: both of these guys represent the kind of player who is way different from the norm at his position but still puts up extremely outstanding numbers overall. That is a valid perspective, because it lets you look at what Jones might offer despite his lack of scoring.
Perhaps it would be better to think of it not as a concrete comparison
but instead as the use of a model
to provide a useful new way to view a data set.
Does that make sense to you? Of course, even in this case, we're talking about 143 NBA minutes, so the data set itself can't be viewed as solidly predictive -- e.g. it wouldn't make me suggest that we extend Jemerrio Jones immediately. But, it certainly suffices to make me want to keep the guy & give him playing time.
Your mention of Marcus Smart is apropos of my distinction between a comparison & a model. Smart is a 2 & a solid defender. Jones is a 2-3 & a solid defender.
Yet, in fact, they are not at all similar players. Smart's not a big-time scorer, but he is a solidly above average shooter -- on 2's, 3's & FTAs. He's also a proven playmaker, whose assists are way above average for a wing year after year.
OTOH, he's a below average rebounder for a 2. Jones gets more than 3 times as many rebounds as Smart per 40 minutes. Plus, though neither guy has near average usage, Smart turns the ball over a fair amount more. While Jones gets 3 times the blocks of an average wing.
Thus, even though Jones is not a big, it makes more sense to view his likely effect on games along the lines of Ben Wallace or Dennis Rodman than Marcus Smart.
Do you see what I mean? &, does it make sense to you?
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