The Milwaukee Bucks have signed former New Orleans Pelicans forward Terrence Jones for the remainder of the season.
This signing makes a lot of sense for Milwaukee, as Jones brings toughness and rebounding to the table. Terrence has bounced around from Houston and New Orleans, but don’t let that fool you. This guy can play.
I assume with the addition of Terrence Jones, Bucks small forward Michael Beasley’s minutes will be reduced for the remainder of the year. Beasley has been great this season, but he is currently rehabbing a hyperextended knee. Jones has a 16 PER and averages 8 rebounds per-36 minutes on the floor.
Those stats might not jump out of the screen, but he brings energy and physicality every time he is on the floor. It’ll be interesting to see how he fits in with Giannis Antetokounmpo and company, but with his athleticism, I see no problem.
Jones’ best seasons came with the Houston Rockets when they ran a run and gun offense. The Milwaukee Bucks offense isn’t necessarily run and gun, but the pace the Bucks play at obviously suits his style of play.
Not only is this a decrease in minutes for Michael Beasley, but this also could spell bad news for Bucks shooter Mirza Teletovic. Mirza has also been disappointing this season, but he has had some bright spots. He does play well along side the Greek Freak, so his minutes will be a story to monitor the remainder of the year.
For his career, Terrence Jones boasts a 52%eFG and a solid 17 PER. He can put the ball in the basket, using his athleticism and his wide frame to bully to the basket. Milwaukee’s bigs (aside from Greg Monroe) have had immense trouble contributing this season for the Bucks and this signing finally provides them with another capable big man.
At 6’9 with a 7’2 wingspan, Jones fits perfectly with what the Bucks are trying to do. Length, length and more length. At 255 pounds, he can easily bully his way to the basket and power through for rebounds. His ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket should not be overlooked.
Terrence Jones’ offensive game shouldn’t be overlooked, as he averaged a decent 11 points per game with a mediocre Pelicans team. I expect Milwaukee to give him all the minutes he can handle.
This was a great signing for the Bucks, and we should be excited to see what he can do for the Bucks for the remainder of the season.