If a guy gives you 31 and 13 along with 3 steals and a block I would be quite ok with some deficiencies.
if they are really worried about pick and roll with Jonas they need to let Clarke help out when he gets back (which they were doing until he got hurt)
Jonas is showing why he is one of the best bigs in the league. His jump shot is falling, he gets tons of rebounds when given minutes, and his tip ins are amazing.
The same issue we had with Zach other than his attitude “issue” coming in was defense as well.
Jonas needs to be off anyone’s radar when it comes to a “problem” with a team winning games. Now that’s he’s off of minutes restrictions you are going to see a lot of games like this.
Memphis needs to keep him and pair with Ja and Jaren. They are beginning to figure that out.
jaren is getting the ball on the block now too. He has done much better getting position on offense these past 6 games.
He still needs to learn to move without the ball and get to spots for easy shots in the paint without posting up. Cutting etc.
While y’all harp on me for talking about Wendell I hope you see the difference in how smart they are without the ball and how different their attitudes are on positioning for rebounds.
A lot of those putback’s and second chances were on Jaren. Grayson Allen was snatching rebounds from him.
Wendell also was smart defensively and never bowed himself on attacks in the paint. Keep in mind that both Wendell and Jaren are both foul prone young bigs.
wendell gets a lot of his fouls running back on a pick and roll.
jaren gets his on reaching, holding his opponent (Wendell got one like that yesterday), and bending his body over a player on offense.
IF Jaren can fix these things (he’s got to be engaged th game the ENTIRE time CONSTANTLY THINKING) he will be FINE.
Jaren puts up numbers when he plays 25+ minutes a game. When he’s not taking stupid shots. He may never be a rebounder and in that case needs to be treated like Porzingod. That’s his best case scenario.