MORE than his scoring, Terrence Jones’ other facets of his game as well as his leadership have been one of the reasons for TNT’s superb play, according to teammates.
The 27-year-old Jones has become one of the leading candidates to pick up the Best Import award as he has been carrying the load for the KaTropa in scoring with an average of 34.5 points per game.
But the former NBA player has also been doing it all in other aspect of the game as he is averaging 16.4 rebounds, and even a team-high 7.7 assists per contest.
The result? Only one defeat though 10 games and one win away from clinching the No. 1 spot in the quarterfinals.
“We play for each other,” said TNT veteran point guard Jayson Castro. “Hindi kung sino ‘yung highest scorer. Lahat kami, ‘yung chemistry, talagang nandoon especially may import kami na napaka-team player talaga, willing to pass the ball kapag open.
Aside from being a good scorer, Castro said Jones has also been committing himself to defense, which is why he is also averaging 1.5 steals and 2.9 blocks per outing.
“Kaya niya mag-take over pero at the same time, sa defense, makikita mo talagang aggressive din siya. So as a local, ‘yun yung talagang commitment namin sa defense, nandoon,” said Castro.
For his part, Troy Rosario is impressed with the professionalism of Jones, who has also been receiving offers for training camps in the NBA but remains committed to his stint in the PBA with TNT.
“Malaking tulong sa kanya. ‘Yung pangalan niya, bumabango uli. Nagkakaroon ng balita about sa kanya. Alam namin na after dito, may mga invites siya sa mga training camps. Sabi niya, kung saan niya kami madadala, gagawin niya,” said Rosario.
Rosario also said his leadership traits which comes with playing in the NBA for four years with the Houston Rockets.
“Outside the scoring, ‘yung leadership at ‘yung experience niya sa NBA. Sa plays namin, meron siyang mga suggestions na nakakatulong. Willing passer pa siya. Hinahanap niya ‘yung mga teammates niya kahit alam niyang sobrang dali sa kanya umiskor, hinahanap niya mga teammates niya para ma-involve,” said Rosario.
Jones, however, also gave credit to his teammates for also accepting that he can also be a leader on the court.
“I think it’s come to them listening and understanding that I have a little experience on what it takes to try to win and be a good teammate. They listened and understood that and we’ve been having fun ever since,” said Jones.
The result, according to Jones, is a happy atmosphere in the team.
“I hope you guys see that while we’re playing, we’re smiling and enjoying one another when anybody scores. It’s just like a family atmosphere,” said Jones.