Fred Jones played great against the Celtics, he was their best perimeter shooter until he got injured in game #2 of the Heat series. Even though he played I think the next couple of games, it was obvious, he was injured, so he then sat out a few games, but has slowly been getting healthy again, and has shown his stuff the past few games.
I am not suggesting that if Fred never had injured his shoulder that the Pacers would have won this series or even be up 3-2 at this point.
I suppose I am looking more long term.
Freddie has a certain mental and physical toughness, that I really really like, the ECF stage does not bother him (like some of his teammates) in fact Freddie seems to play better the in pressure situations.
With his greatly improved shooting, if someone were to tell me that he will be the Pacers starting shooting guard for the next 8 years, I would be fine with that. He might not be an allstar player, but I think he can be a clutch player like he was in college, and I think he can do things others on this team cannot.
Many of you have suggested that Freddie should be the backup point guard next season. Maybe the third point guard, but I think he is a shooting guard first.
Yes I am thinking ahead, to future years, and this offseason, I have some ideas, but won't get into full details until this season and the immediate postmordem is complete.