Derrick Jones Delivering in Plus/Minus

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Derrick Jones has delivered plenty of explosive plays this season, but his overall effectiveness may be best captured by his extraordinary plus/minus numbers.

The freshman forward has had his ups and downs, mostly due to foul trouble, but he’s been exceedingly productive when on the court, averaging 11.5 points per game on 58.9 percent shooting. And in his 598 minutes, UNLV has outscored its opponents by 108 points, giving Jones a plus/minus per 40 of +7.22.

Take a look at the numbers:

2015-16 Plus/minus

Player  Minutes  Total +/-  +/- per 40
Ben Carter 487 +119 +9.77
Derrick Jones 598 +108 +7.22
Dwayne Morgan 488 +57 +4.67
Jerome Seagears 774 +83 +4.29
Ike Nwamu 668 +60 +3.59
Patrick McCaw 929 +78 +3.36
Stephen Zimmerman 580 +43 +2.97
Jordan Cornish 561 +12 +0.86
Jalen Poyser 426 +1 +0.09

The only Rebel with a better plus/minus mark than Jones is junior forward Ben Carter, who hasn’t played since Jan. 30 due to a knee injury.

Jones has turned in two of his best individual efforts over the past week. He posted 25 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in a loss at Boise State on Feb. 23, and on Saturday against Wyoming he put up a line of 23 points, nine rebounds and four steals.

After three weeks of being forced to play the power forward and center positions in extremely small lineups, it will be interesting to see how Jones adapts to playing next to 7-footer Stephen Zimmerman again. Though Jones posted superb individual stats in Zimmerman’s return against Wyoming, the Rebels were -8 in the 30:03 that Jones and Zimmerman shared the court.

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