The Houston Rockets entered the 2013-14 NBA season with little-to-no certainty regarding the power forward position. Not only did they have a relatively crowded frontcourt that they had to sort out a rotation from this season, but they have also been dealing with an unhappy Omer Asik over recent weeks.
Though Asik wants out and hasn’t been nearly the bright spot for this team that he was last season and despite the fact that Greg Smith and Donatas Motiejunas haven’t done anything of consequence this season, second-year forward Terrence Jones has done a lot of nice things for the Rockets over the team’s first 17 games this season.
In his rookie season last year, Jones appeared in only 19 games for the Rockets and wasn’t incredibly productive. He averaged just 5.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and one block in 14.5 minutes per game while shooting only 45.7 percent from the field and only 26.3 percent from three. He showed flashes of being a young four with a versatile offensive game, but he didn’t really get the opportunity to put it all together.
Through his first 14 appearances, though, he has had the chance to prove himself and has sustained those offensive flashes. Coming into Saturday night he was averaging 10.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22.6 minutes per game while shooting 53.9 percent from the floor and an impressive 47.4 percent from three.
Sure, Jones has been lackluster on the defensive end and still isn’t going to get the bulk of the minutes at the position as long as Asik is still in Houston, but his offense has been quite impressive. Not only can he put up numbers, but his versatility and ability to throw different looks at defenses opens up the rest of the team’s offense as well. This could be fool’s gold, but it seems like Jones is beginning to cement himself as the power forward for the near future in Houston.