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Will Terrence Jones keep his starting job, or will D-Mo step in for Houston?
Other Options: Donatas Motiejunas, Jeff Adrien, Clint Capela
The battle at power forward is probably the only questionable one in terms of the Rockets starting lineup this season. I'll give the benefit of the doubt to last year's starter, Terrence Jones.
Jones was explosive alongside Dwight in the frontcourt last season. He averaged 12.7 points, 7.3 boards and 1.3 blocks a night as a starter. He has tremendous athleticism for his size and is lethal in transition.
The Rockets would prefer someone who better fills the role of a stretch 4, but Jones is still a good option. He may have only shot 30.7 percent from deep last season, but he makes up for it with his ability to attack the basket and finish strong.
Jones showed some flashes of brilliance last season, including a few games in which he scored 30-plus points. In the playoffs, however, Jones was a non-factor on offense and was bullied on defense by LaMarcus Aldridge.
Even though he's an outstanding shot-blocker, Jones' defense as a whole has plenty of room for improvement. That, combined with his shooting struggles from beyond the arc, may leave the door open for someone to sneak in and steal his starting role.
Donatas Motiejunas has the best chance of doing just that. After his impressive performance in Vegas, which earned him first team All-NBA Summer League honors, D-Mo is on the brink of achieving his potential that got him noticed overseas.
In eight games, D-Mo averaged 16.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest, shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor. He also shot 40 percent from deep. It may be a small sample size against weaker competition, but nevertheless his stats are promising.
If he can continue to dominate in the post and shoot it well enough from three, D-Mo will be a key part of the Rockets rotation and may even earn himself the starting job. The 7-footer next to Dwight Howard could wreak havoc.
The Rockets also brought back Jeff Adrien this offseason, and they signed their first-round draft pick Clint Capela, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. Adrien may get some decent minutes off the bench, and Capela will probably spend most of his time in the D-League with the Vipers working on his game.