TNT KaTropa consultant and de facto Mark Dickel believes it’s only a matter of time before Terrence Jones makes it bck to the NBA.
Jones continued his stellar run in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night, finishing with 37 points, 22 rebounds, and nine assists in leading TNT to a 104-93 win over Alaska in the rubber match of their quarterfinal playoff.
So impressive was Jones that his 19-point, six-rebound, two-assist output in their 108-72 loss to the Aces in the first game of the series was below-par by his standards.
Jones played in the NBA with the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, and Milwaukee Bucks from 2012 to 2017. He returned to the Rockets in 2019 after bouncing around in the NBA G-League and in China.
The way he's playing for TNT, Dickel believes Jones will be back in the NBA very soon.
“I do,” Dickel said “I definitely know he’s got the talent to do that. I think it’s an opportunity and a fit thing. I think it’s something that allows him to have the opportunity. I’m sure he’ll produce.”
“He is as advertised. He is a legitimate NBA player. We are really lucky to have him,” Dickel added.
As TNT looks ahead to a potentially explosive semifinal series against Barangay Ginebra, Dickel hopes the KaTropa will take advantage of having an NBA-quality player and end an uncharacteristic title drought for the flagship franchise of the MVP group.
“I think the key for us is don’t waste opportunities we have right now. We have a great opportunity this conference to do something. I’m thrilled to win to give ourselves a chance to win this whole thing,” the New Zealander consultant added.