Do you remember when the Pacers signed 6’10″ big man Solomon Jones from Atlanta and everybody was wondering whether he’d blossom into a star? Well, the experiment is well and truly over, and it’s an epic fail. For whatever reason, Solo’s career never took off. He’d show glimpses of solid play but for the most part he barely even got off the bench this season.
Solo played in just 39 games in his fifth season, averaging 13.5 minutes, 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds and 2.41 fouls. For a big man, Solo was horrible from the field, shooting an inexcusable 0.405. He missed open jumpers, putbacks, layups. Instead of playing himself into the rotation, Solo played himself out of it. As a result, he didn’t even play a single minute in the playoffs.
To be fair, Solo had some decent moments, but that’s what they were: moments. He rarely put together a good game from start to finish. It must have been frustrating for the Pacers staff, who believed he had so much promise and potential, but Solo never established a niche for himself in the league. Unless you consider an ‘emergency backup’ a niche.
Fortunately for the Pacers, they didn’t break the bank for Solo, who only made $1.5 this season. The most disappointing thing about Solo is that he didn’t improve his game like we thought he would. I don’t think a stint in the D-League will do him much good. Solo’s best bet is a bigger role with an overseas league.