The Houston Rockets used the No. 18 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft to select University of Kentucky forward Terrence Jones. In Jones, the Rockets are getting their power forward of the future. And in Houston, Jones is getting the perfect destination to shine.
The Rockets have plenty of assets that will help Jones acclimate to the NBA. For one, Houston head coach Kevin McHale is one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history. McHale can help Jones adapt to the NBA and teach him the necessary skills needed to succeed.
Houston also has some players on its roster who will help Jones. At the top of that list is Luis Scola. What Scola lacks in athleticism, he makes up for with his perfectly sound fundamentals. That's something that Scola can help Jones with.
The Rockets also have an established point guard in Kyle Lowry. Lowry can help make sure Jones is in the right place at the right time. Also, a good point guard is always a big man's best friend. That should be the case between Jones and Lowry,
The structure in Houston with McHale, Scola and Lowry will certainly help Jones develop. Of course, Jones also has the required skills to shine.
At 6'10", 252 pounds, he's obviously got enough size to play the 4 in the NBA. But Jones also has enough versatility to play multiple positions in the NBA. That should greatly help Houston because the Rockets can mix and match lineups, while still keeping Jones in the fold.
And with his ability to score outside of the key and pass the basketball, Jones will force defenders to stay honest. Although Houston probably won't need to do it much because they have Lowry, the Rockets could run the offense through Jones at the high post because of his range, excellent passing and ball-handling ability.
It's a match made in heaven for Houston. With Terrence Jones now in the mix, the Rockets and Jones just might take flight.