We continue the PBA Imports Fantasy Tournament, where we picked 24 imports from across eras and grouped them into two brackets, with eight seeded directly into the second round. The remaining 16 will duke it out in our online polls. Our writers will preview each match-up, and you get to vote for the winner here and on One Sports PH's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Up next is an interesting battle between Terrence Jones and Rob Dozier, previewed by Chuck Araneta.
When Terrence Jones was reported to be the import for the TNT KaTropa in the 2019 Commissioner's Cup, every PBA was eager to see what he could do. After all, it's not every day that you see a proven NBA player, still at the peak of his powers plying his trade here in the Philippines.
Jones, the 18th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, wasted no time showing just how dominant a force he would be for TNT. He overwhelmed opponents with his incredible versatility as a playmaker for his squad. The KaTropa would routinely place the ball in Jones' hands, and he would attack from the top of the key, daring any squad to try and slow him down with single coverage. And if teams sent a double, Jones had the court vision to whip passes over to the squad's battalion of shooters. With Jones leading the way, players like Roger Pogoy and Troy Rosario had career highs in terms of points per game and 3-pointers made.
Jones wound up averaging a staggering 28.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.7 blocks for TNT, becoming the unanimous choice for Best Import of the Conference. However his stint was definitely not without controversy. He routinely got into altercations with opponents, highlighted by the fracas between him and the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters' Calvin Abueva, which ultimately resulted to an indefinite suspension on Abueva. As for Jones, teams knew the blueprint for how to attack Jones, which was to frustrate him and get under his nerves.
Though the KaTropa roared to the finals, they were stopped short by the San Miguel Beermen. Though Jones failed to get the job done, he will always be remembered as one of the most talented but mercurial imports to ever play in the PBA.
MATCHING UP WITH ROB DOZIER
Jones going up against Rob Dozier would feature two players with different skillsets and approaches to the game. The former Alaska Aces import was more comfortable finishing near the basket, and receiving passes that gave him the momentum to use his size and length to score over any kind of defense. Dozier could also handle the ball a little, but anything beyond one or two dribbles was past his comfort zone.
A 1-on-1 battle is more in the wheelhouse of Jones, because he has the ball-handling and quickness to attack in different ways. However, he would struggle against the defense of Dozier, who is more than capable of defending imports, both inside and outside the paint. This would be a classic case of offense versus defense. However Jones would likely get the nod, because of his versatility.
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