Perry Jones III had an encouraging preseason for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but has played in only half of the regular season games.

Jones is averaging 0.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 8.3 minutes per game.

“In defense of him, it's nearly impossible to play consistently when you don't have consistent minutes,” Scott Brooks said of Jones. “And I told him that. Just go out there and play hard, play with energy and have some fun out there because your minutes are going to be inconsistent.”

Jones averaged 9.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.3 minutes during the preseason.

“It's just a lot harder because you don't know when you're going to get in, if you're going to get in,” Jones said. “It's a lot harder for me to sit down and wait and wonder when I'm going to get in. It's real hard to find a rhythm that way."

“He's done a great job. We love what he does,” Brooks said “I just told him to go out there and play hard. I'm not worried about him making shots. Sure, I would like to have him making shots and I'm sure he would like to make shots. But it's really about his energy. And I can't complain about his energy. Every time we throw him in there he's given us good energy.”