LeBron James has played in more consecutive NBA Finals than anyone since Bill Russell retired — except for James Jones.
Jones is that guy on the Cavaliers’ bench. Before that, he was that guy on the Heat’s bench. But that’s not really fair to the 14-season NBA veteran, who is a career 40.1% 3-point shooter (39th all-time) and has 546 more career postseason points than you or me.
LeBron loves Jones, so much so that he was the only other Heat player brought over to the Cavs in 2014. He knows he can count on him to do his part when called upon — Jones stepped up when Kevin Love went down in the 2015 postseason — and to be a supportive, helpful veteran in practice and the locker room otherwise. If it’s tough to put a value on that kind of role player, rest assured that three championship rings don’t hurt.