Houston Rockets’ forward Terrence Jones has developed into a solid player and with so many Rockets changing teams this summer, they will need him to improve even more. After making a big leap between his first and second year, that certainly seems like something Jones is capable of doing.
Jones really cemented himself last season and should be the starting power forward for the Rockets this season. If he continues to show improvement with the new responsibilities and a chance to really shine, he could find himself in a good place next summer. The problem for Jones is that Houston doesn’t do a lot of early extensions, so he may have to wait until 2016 before he can lock in that long-term security and given where Houston wants to be, Jones may or may not be in the same situation in 2016. Jones has proven he can play, and given the kinds of contracts players like Patrick Patterson got this summer, Jones should be in pretty good shape.
Jones averaged just 5.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 assists in 14.5 minutes per game while shooting 45.7% from the field, 26.3% from beyond the arc and 76.5% from the free throw line in his rookie season but saw those numbers jump to 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 assists in 27.3 minutes per game on 54.2% shooting from the field, 30.7% shooting from beyond the arc and 60.5% shooting from the charity stripe. After appearing in just 19 games during the 2012-2013 season (0 starts), he played in 76 games last year (71 starts).
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