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Houston Rockets Player Rankings: ESPN Ranks Terrence Jones #311

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ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player — and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from number 500 to number 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them on ESPN.com. ESPN asked 104 experts to rate each player on a 0-10 scale.

This is a good spot for someone like Terrence Jones. He’s the type of player that could be the next big thing or be out of the league in three years. At number 311 Jones has a lot to prove and has the talent to do so. All he needs to do is put it all together and bring it every night consistently. Jones played huge in the Summer League and opened a lot of eyes, including mine. I was very critical of Houston taking Terrence over a guy like Perry Jones or a true big man, which the Houston Rockets still need. But after the four game performance he put on over the summer he showed me he could possibly turn out to be a steal.

Terrence is listed as a power forward, but i think he can play both forward spots. In fact, his game may be more suited to play small forward. He’s not the type of player that’s going to back you down in the post, he’s the type of player that will shoot over the top of you or drive passed you and get to the rack. Jones uses his rocker step to perfection. He pump fakes and leaves his defender in the dust. If Jones can beef up a bit i can see him being compared to Chris Bosh. They both have similar skill sets. The difference is Bosh is an All-Star power forward who plays to his strengths and gets the job done at a high level. Jones has a long way to go before he’s in the same class as Bosh, but he definitely has a fighting chance to do so.

Jones could find himself at the end of the bench next season. The Houston Rockets have a lot of young talent at both forward positions, and if Jones wants to get some playing time he will need to continue impressing the Rockets coaching staff. If he does this i can see him playing a dual forward position. Maybe even play alongside Royce White in a go small lineup for coach Kevin McHale and Houston. Jones needs to continue working on every aspect of his game. If he does that he will get a fair shot sooner rather then later.

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