Four Players The Houston Rockets Should Not Bring Back

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May 25, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward

Terrence Jones

(6) shoots past Golden State Warriors forward

Draymond Green

(23) during the second half in game four of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs. at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Terrence Jones

I must admit I was a big Jones fan last season and really thought he’d continue to step up the next level.  But I’m starting to see a player that’s not really expanding his game on offense.

He did however improve on defense and even showed himself to be serviceable when asked to play the 5 in the small lineups, due the “hack-a-whoever” strategy employed against Dwight Howard, Josh  Smith and Clint Capela.

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What I’m seeing in Terrence Jones is although he has the athleticism, he chooses finesse over power far too often, particularly when attacking the rim.  My expectations are not for Terrence Jones to be the next Blake Griffin but clearly he has the kind of size and athleticism to be much more of a force attacking the basket than he showed this season especially in the playoffs.

He also is simply not a 3 point shooter.  If you watch warm-ups occasionally at Toyota Center, you will see that Dwight Howard is probably a better 3-point shooter than Terrence Jones and the Rockets need their 4’s to be able to knock down at least an occasional 3.

But the main reason Terrence Jones should not be brought back, is he may be the most usable piece to obtain another guard that can create for others and hit 3’s and is under the age of 32.

Although that may be a moot point if the Rockets don’t retain Josh Smith’s services but I believe they will.

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