Will Terrence Jones Have a Role Left on Houston Rockets?

January 6th, 2015 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »

There is a saying in sports that you can’t lose your job due to injury. Terrence Jones, though, may be about to see his rotation spot disappear almost entirely as a result of a peroneal nerve contusion which is beginning to feel more like a perennial nerve contusion.

He began the season as the starter, but after four games, he suffered his injury and has since been in the long, slow process of recovering.

It’s not that Jones played badly before he was hurt. In fact, he seemed to be about to enjoy a breakout season. He was averaging 14.0 points with a 55.2 effective field-goal percentage, 7.5 boards and 1.8 blocks in 29.3 minutes. His 19.1 player efficiency rating (PER) is still third-best on the Rockets.

But while he sat, he first watched Donatas Motiejunas start having a breakout season of his own, averaging 11.4 points and 6.0 rebounds as a starter.

While Jones’ numbers are slightly better, Motiejunas’ defense has been an asset. ESPN.com indicates his 1.29 Defensive Real Plus-Minus compared to Jones’ 0.82.

And with Motiejunas’ ability to play either ...

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