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Terrence Jones: 2012 NBA Draft Scouting Report

April 22, 2012

Terrence Jones

Kentucky
6-9 Power Forward
252 pounds

NBA Projections as of April 22, 2012

NBADraft.net – 16th overall
Draftxpress.com – 11th overall
ESPN’s Chad Ford – 8th overall

FromCollegetoPros.com Prediction as of April 22, 2012

Despite flashing brilliance in Kentucky and having the talent to be a 20 and 10 guy in the NBA, Terrence Jones will be plagued by inconsistency and be just a rotation player in the NBA.  He will be a guy that will play 20-25 minutes and not a starter in most years.

Here is a short summary on why I think he will just be a rotation player in the NBA.  Additionally, read further sections below for more detailed explanation.

Aggressiveness – Inconsistent
Ability to Create Shots – Above Average
Performance Against Top Players and Teams – Low
Mental Make-up – Major Concern

For further explanation on each criteria, read below. See Scouting Criteria page for my definitions and examples.

Mental Make-up

This is the biggest area of concern for Terrence Jones.  Jones’ specific issue is his lack of focus. According to Central KY News, Coach Calipari admits that he sometimes has to get on Jones to “focus more,” a problem he has not had in NCAA Tournament play.  As a spectator, I’ve also noticed how often Coach Calipari has to get on Jones on the sidelines.

College basketball is around 35 to 40 games a season played with high intensity.  In contrast, the NBA is usually 82 games with shorter gaps between games, which results to an intensity lower than the college game.  College basketball’s intensity is pretty much NBA play-off game intensity for every game played.  For this reason, I think that the NBA game is bad for Terrence Jones’ ability to focus.  The lack of focus is just Terrence Jones’ nature.  This is the main reason why I make my prediction of his inconsistency in the NBA.

Additionally, the Kentucky-Indiana in December was a major red flag.  It wasn’t the 4 points, 1 rebound and 6 turnovers performance that bothered me.  What bothered me the most is he only took 3 shots and got 1 rebound in a game that his team really needed him.  Anthony Davis was sitting on the bench in foul trouble and it was a close game.  He also turned this lackadaisical effort in a high profile nationally televised game.  This wasn’t just any other game. It’s possible that something was really bothering him and nobody will ever know why.  However, he just had no “fight” in him. 

Performance against the best teams and players

Jones’ receives low marks in this area.  Looking at the games against ranked teams plus Indiana, he scored below his average of 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds.

Date Opponent Score PPG REB
15-Nov Kansas W 75-65 15 7
3-Dec UNC W 73-72 14 7
10-Dec @Indiana L 72-73 4 1
31-Dec Louisville W 69-62 2 11
7-Feb Florida W 78-58 4 7
4-Mar @Florida W 74-59 19 4
10-Mar Florida W 74-71 15 9
Average 10.4 6.6

Additionally, he was again below his scoring average in the NCAA tournament. However, he did rebound the ball better this time.

Date Opponent Score PPG REB
15-Mar W. Kentucky W 81-66 22 10
17-Mar Iowa State W 87-71 8 11
23-Mar Indiana W 102-90 12 5
25-Mar Baylor W 82-70 12 9
31-Mar Louisville W 69-61 6 7
2-Apr Kansas W 67-59 9 7
Average 11.5 8.2

Aggressiveness

Terrence Jones’ aggressiveness fluctuates a lot. I don’t think there is much benefit to spend time in this area as his issues all stem from his inconsistency from the lack of focus.

Ability to create shots

Jones’ ability to create a shot is above average. He has a decent face-up game that he uses to attack the rim.  Additionally, he has shown the ability to attract the defense and feed his teammates.  It his ability to create shots, along with his skill level for his size are the reasons why scouts like his game.

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