Forgotten No More?

Posted by By at 21 February, at 19 : 13 PM Print

Heading into this season, the talk around Miami was that the Heat needed to bring in shooters to play with the Big 3 to stretch the floor. So Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra put their heads together and came up with Mike Miller and Eddie House. While no one would argue that Miller is a solid more all-around player, when looking at strictly shooting percentages his 40.5% career mark from distance is only marginally better than Jones’ 40%. And as good as Eddie House can be when he’s on, he can shoot you out of just as many games in his attempts to catch fire.

On Saturday James Jones entered the 3-point contest along with Ray Allen, defending champion Paul Pierce, Kevin Durant, Dorrell Wright, and Daniel Gibson with probably the least amount of fanfare of the bunch. After flying under the radar on his own team during the off season it seems only fitting he would do so heading into this competition as well. Jones defeated Pierce 20-18 in the finals to become the fourth Heat player along with Glen Rice, Jason Kapono, and Daequan Cook to win the competition. Not to mention he gave Heat fans a small consolation prize in defeating two Celtics along they way somewhat easing the pain of the 0-2 record Miami has to this point against Boston.

Heading into the break Jones had 93 3-pointers made in 56 games played. Based on per game averages to this point, if House and Miller would’ve both played 56 games, House would have 77 made 3′s and Miller would have 61. While Jones has had injury problems over the past three seasons it’s good to see what he can finally do when healthy and surrounded by players that can get him open looks. His career high in 3-pointers made is 110 made in 75 games with Phoenix in the 2005-2006 season, which seems a lock to be passed this year. The 93 he currently has is already his second highest total of career and with 26 more games to go looks set to have a big second half with Miami pushing Boston for the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Over an all-star weekend with a hyped-beyond-belief slam dunk contest and an all-star game that seemed to be centered more around the impending Carmelo Anthony trade (as evidence by Craig Sager’s mid-game interview of Anthony) it was nice to see a quiet, consummate professional get some well deserved time in the spotlight. The Miami born, University of Miami alum, and now current Miami Heat player made the entire city of Miami proud Saturday with a excellent performance and gets a big “congratulations” from me. Let’s just hope he gets the same appreciation from around the league that he deserves and has earned.

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  1. D.White, 9 years ago Reply

    Great write up! Go Heat!

  2. J.Bomber, 9 years ago Reply

    James Jones totally caught me by surprise man. I thought for sure “The Truth” was gonna repeat. Everyone wanted Ray Allen, but I thought Pierce 100%

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