Jones after defeating the Celtics
ORLANDO, Fla. - Terrence Jones has been one of the brightest of bright spots in a successful Rockets Summer League.
Through three Summer League games, Jones has averaged 15.7 points and 7.7 rebounds. He was particularly strong in the team's first summer contest against the 76ers (24 points, 12 rebounds) and then also Wednesday against the Celtics (17 points, 6 rebounds).
For Jones, he feels like he has plenty to prove.
“I just want to try to play different roles,” Jones said. “Try to be active and be a defender, and try to lock in on the best players on the other team. Try to score, try to rebound, and just be active and run the floor hard. Just do as many things as possible as I could.”
On Wednesday, Jones didn't shoot particularly well, going 3-12. However, the second-year forward from Kentucky had a knack for staying active and making plays happen. Towards the end of the game, with the Rockets clinging on to a 81-78 lead, Jones was very much locked in as he sunk two free throws and had a block on the other end.
“I was just trying to make some winning plays to help my team get the win,” Jones said. “Nothing pretty much matters besides that, so just to try to get over the hump, no matter who has the last runs, try to make those winning plays for the win and I just wanted to do that.”
Jones' winning play has been noticed. And it could help him get increased playing time when the games start to really count.
“I think Terrence had a really good Summer League last year,” Kevin McHale said. “He’s playing well again this year. He’s another guy who’s going to play for us next year. It’s important for him to just get comfortable with what we’re doing and get comfortable with everything we’re running. I think Terrence has done a really nice job. He’s improving all the time.”