Jones invited to play in Rising Star Challenge

Jones invited to play in Rising Star Challenge
January 29, 2014, 4:30 pm
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When the regular season began, Rockets second year forward Terrence Jones had only played only 19 games in his NBA career and was not a part of the team's regular rotation. Fast forward 47 games later and Jones has now received an invitation to participate in the NBA's all-star weekend as part of the Rising Stars Challenge.
After the Rockets bailed on their twin towers experiment eight games into the season and pulled Omer Asik from the starting lineup, Jones became the starter and hasn't looked back since.
In 37 games as a starter, Jones is averaging 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. He's one of just five second year players averaging at least 11 points and seven rebounds per game.
Jones posted a career high 36 points in the Rockets' 114-104 win over Milwaukee on Jan. 18; he also scored 21 points in the second quarter. Those are the most points any Rockets player has scored in any quarter this season. His 25 first-half points are also the most points by any Rockets player in the first half this season.
The Rising Stars Challenge features two teams each consisting of nine rookies and sophomores mixed together, drafted from a pool selected by the NBA's assistant coaches.
Joining Jones among the sophomores selected to participate are Harrison Barnes (Warriors), Bradley Beal (Wizards), Anthony Davis (Pelicans), Andre Drummond (Pistons), Damian Lillard (Blazers), Jared Sullinger (Celtics) Jonas Valanciunas (Raptors) and Dion Waiters (Cavaliers).
The rookies selected are Steven Adams (Thunder), Pero Antic (Hawks), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), Trey Burke (Jazz), Michael Carter-Williams (Sixers), Tim Hardaway, Jr. (Knicks), Victor Oladipo (Magic), Kelly Olynyk (Celtics) and Mason Plumlee (Nets)
The draft will take place on Feb. 6 and the game will be played Feb. 14 in New Orleans.