Jones prospering in Houston

The second-year pro from Jefferson has moved up to starting role
Dec. 12, 2013
Terrence Jones has become a starting forward in Houston.
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Terrence Jones has shaken off his rookie rust and become a significant factor in the Houston Rockets playing rotation.

In fact, he's a starter, and has been for the past month.

After a highly disappointing rookie year in which he rarely played, the second-year pro from Jefferson High and the University of Kentucky has emerged in a big way, moving into the starting line-up after just 10 games - and from basically nowhere.

Jones played just 16 minutes and scored a total of nine points in Houston's first seven games. Then, he moved in the starting line-up and is averaging 10.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. But, those are averages from the season. Since moving into his starting role, Jones has scored in double figures in 11 of 15 games and scored a career-high 24 points in a 109-85 win over Boston, Nov. 19.

He scored a combined total of 10 points in the team's losses to Utah and Phoenix last week, but rebounded with 16-point performances in wins over Golden State and Orlando as the Rockets head for a game with the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at the Moda Center.

Houston enters the game a 15-7, while the Blazers are 18-4, with one of their losses coming to Houston, Nov. 5. Jones played just one minute in that game, a 116-111 win.

The Rockets enter with one of the top offenses in the NBA, having scored more than 100 points in 12 of their wins.