For any team to be successful over the long haul that is an NBA season, contributions must come far and wide. Everyone needs to step up to the proverbial plate when that time comes.
Over the last few weeks, perhaps no player on the Cleveland Cavaliers has personified that idea more than James Jones.
Admit it, when the Cavaliers signed Jones this past August, your response was somewhere along the lines of, “Well, they’re just signing another one of LeBron James’ buddies,” “Who cares, he won’t play anyway,” or “James Jones? Really?”
That type of response was justified, especially considering Jones’ recent track record.
Last season, the small forward played only 20 games for the Miami Heat while averaging 4.9 points. His three-point shooting percentage (51.9 percent) was impressive, but we’re talking about just 20 games here.
Keep in mind that Jones had not averaged more than 13 minutes per game since the 2010-11 season. In fact, over entire 12-year career, he has averaged more than 20 minutes per game on just two occasions.
So yes, by all accounts, it appeared as if this signing was simply an effort to appease the King.
But here is what many of us seem to forget. Continue reading