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Terrence Jones sent to the D-League

Tough news for a former Cat: Terrence Jones has been sent to the D-League by the Houston Rockets. So far this season, Jones has averaged 3.6 points per game and 2 rebounds per game in 10 minutes per game. He’ll join the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, who coincidentally play the Tulsa Drillers tonight, whose roster includes DeAndre Liggins and Daniel Orton.

The news is surprising, since Terrence has had a decent season so far, including a posterizing dunk over Jodie Meeks a few weeks ago. The move may be partly due to the impressive play of Patrick Patterson, who had a career-high 27 points against the Thunder on Wednesday.

Teach ’em bout the Rockets, Terrence.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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39 Comments for Terrence Jones sent to the D-League

  1. Big Whoop
    10:51 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Jones will be okay. Just like Patterson, he’ll have to pay his dues.

  2. Dr. Mantis Taboggin
    10:51 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Sure am glad he left we couldn’t use him at all right now or Teague. Bums, I’m glad they are struggling just like the program that they had to leave is struggling. You can get alot better by playing every day, 10 minutes a night you aren’t gonna get diddly squat.

  3. Facts
    10:53 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    So…only playing when you feel like it doesn’t pay off in the NBA? I’m shocked. Hope Poythress sees this.

  4. Dear IU and UL, We are National Champs; you are not. The end.
    10:54 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    2) You aren’t a UK fan, it’s obvious.

  5. Kanye Twitty
    10:55 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Patterson and Bledsoe both had to do the same thing their rookie season. I have no problem with T Jones going pro when he did. Teague on the other hand….

  6. mocha
    10:58 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    teach me ’bout improvin’, tuh tuh teach me ’bout improvin’.

  7. Ukfan
    11:04 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    You guys kill me sometimes, always thinking that if a cat gets sent to the D league it’s such a bad thing. Take a sec and do some research, the rockets are known for sending their rookies to the D league just for some extra playing time and a chance to improve. TJ will be back in the league in no time.

  8. lawnorder
    11:08 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Damn Tubby!!

  9. SexnNursinHomes
    11:09 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    No doubt TT, Jones was having a decent rookie season. Sucks that Jones gets punished for Houston’s ineptness at drafting 56 power forwards in the draft. derr derr.

    That maxxed out contract for Harden is another reason why they are awful.

  10. Rod Strickland's Secret Smile
    11:09 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Jones gets a lot of grief for not living up to people’s sky high expectations. He had a mediocre 2 year career as a scorer at UK, but he made himself into a tough defender and strong rebounder, so that even when his shot was off he contributed. He’s a major reason the Cats went to their first two final fours since 1998 the years he started for them.

    That said, the D league is where he needs to be right now. He’s not having a good season, since he’s shooting 33% overall and 20% from 3. (That was a cool dunk on Meeks, though.) I don’t know if a third college season would have helped, but if he’d been in the game last night, Cooley would have had about 5 fewer rebounds.

  11. Bluecoat
    11:09 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Terrence has limited offensive skills. He hid them at UK by being a superior athlete. My guess is he’ll be alright once they coach him up in the D League.

  12. Are You Serious?
    11:10 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    #2-Or should I call you Doctor? Your post is moronic to say the least. I think you are due in surgery to have your lobotomy reversed…

  13. Balack Obama
    11:18 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Let me think… D-League or another year at UK where I would dominate, win another title, and be a top 10 pick? Good choice Jones. Teague, well, I will see ya selling insurance in 2 yrs. You dont have to run out of college so quick. It is a fun time.

  14. RaleighCat
    11:19 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously, some of you people are absolute ignorant fools. Terrence Jones has an NBA body, NBA skill set and will have a solid NBA career. None of that was going to change or improve by coming back to UK. That’s the way the NBA works right now.

    However, Teague and Lamb should’ve come back from a basketball standpoint. Their careers would’ve been better served in Lexington this season. I can’t blame them or leaving but can definitely say they would’ve been better off staying.

    Until the NBA changes their rules- and until they stop taking stupid risks with draft picks (like Royce White, etc.) then we are going to have to deal with this issue.

  15. HoptownsBeast
    11:21 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    He’ll be fine. Could have used him last night but dont blame him for leavin. He had games like last nights team also. It happens. Unfortunately for Jwall and Co. it was in the Elite 8.

  16. Beatle Bum
    11:23 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Not necessarily a bad thing for TJ.

  17. KernWhiskey
    11:27 am November 30, 2012 Permalink


  18. Cat
    11:29 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Well another year of UK and dominating or becoming a millionaire??? Hmmm….This is what the Rockets do. In the past few years they sent PPat down for a while, Marcus Morris for the whole season last year, this year they have now sent down Doneteus Montejunas, Scott Machado, Terrence Jones, and attempted to send down Royce White. There philosophy get playing time with a minor league team affiliated with the Rockets that runs the Rockets offense or set on the bench and learn through watching. So far the philosophy has paid divedens. Patterson was in the rotation last season and now having a good season as a starter, Marcus Morris is having a good season while getting regular minutes in the rotation. Jones season is not bad but the bottom line is you can’t preform(or get in the flow) if you don’t get to play.

  19. Bledsoe's Biceps
    11:36 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll NEVER understand the selfish logic behind some people thinking it’s a bad thing for guys to start cashing VERY LARGE checks instead of sticking around UK another year. There is no way to know that Jones, Lamb, Teague, etc would have improved their draft position by staying another year. Ask Jared Sullinger how that worked for him in the draft.

  20. blue suede shoes
    11:43 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    PPat went to the D-league and benefited from a lot of clock. I think Terrence will do the same. He will tear up the D-league.

  21. Dr Mantis Taboggin
    12:05 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Patterson also stayed a year longer than Jones. The only two NBA guys were the top two picks as they are proving their worth. Teague was 2 years too soon and Lamb and Jones one year too soon. It’s obvious, in today’s NBA if you are good enough you can put up numbers immediately look at MKG, Lillard from Portland even Brandon Knight last year. If you are getting sent down and can’t cut out more than 5 minutes a game you should have stayed. Yeah looking at you Lamb, Teague, and Terrance. You guys on here think since you know UK basketball that you know basketball, I love the Cats and am a graduate but Im also not born and raised here and drowned in the hoopla you guys believe in. NBA is a built for success league, you have it or you don’t, that’s why Kobe and Lebron can hang 20 a game under 20 years old, they had it, our “6 players drafted, best team ever” should have been 3.

  22. pro scout
    12:09 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    It’s not his ability or performance, it is his head, his personality, his demeanor, and his maturity.

  23. blue suede shoes
    12:12 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Who pooped in your cornflakes Johnny Rain Cloud?
    You are oversimplifying the situation and demonstrate more of a bias than I did. You clearly don’t like Cal’s system of high turnover. Would I have liked to have those guys back? Yes. But I am not going to crap all over them and be selfish about it. They left on a high momentum. Their stock wasn’t going to get any higher by staying. Get over it.
    Jones needs gametime. The Rockets have a logjam at Forward. While in the D-League, the game will slow down for Terrence and he will get necessary experience.

  24. blue suede shoes
    12:15 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    that was for 21…and 22 I guess

  25. Dr. Kutaweigh
    12:17 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I hope current UK players are taking note of all this. Sure, you can get drafted after 1 or maybe 2 years at Kentucky, but is that really the best thing for you to do. And just a suggestion to Coach Cal. Are you really doing them a favor pushing them out the door just becasue they CAN get drafted? In time, maybe we will decide that keeping a team together, getting an education, and being a college basketball player at UK really ain’t all that bad compared to the pressure and lack of any guarantee in the NBA.

  26. J A Brooks
    12:44 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Well maybe if the rockets didn’t almost exclusively draft bigs this wouldn’t be an issue.

    Look at their last three drafts

  27. 3 fan
    12:56 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    In all seriousness, if Cal is going to change anything in the future it needs to be pushing SOME of these kids out the door. Teague wasn’t ready and he barely got a guaranteed contract. Lamb? whats the point of going pro as a soph if you KNOW you are going second round?

  28. Mack
    1:00 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    This is how the Rockets do it, good or bad. They are one of the few teams that own their own D-League team and Jones like PPat his rookie season who also spent a few weeks in the valley and will have the team run everything through him. Playing 90% of the game in the D-League he will improve faster and still make his money. Of course as been said above if the Rockets didn’t always draft forwards he would be getting playing time in the NBA (2 centers, 3 guards, 10 forwards now on the roster).

  29. bluristhurr
    1:01 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    #21 It helps a lot when the likes of Kobe and Lebron gets at least 15 shots a game too.

  30. BNClay
    1:02 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t know why anyone would give Jones, Lamb, Teague, any grief for going pro, or Cal any for advising them to do so. Jones and Teague got gaurenteed contracts, so that mean they are going to get set for life money even if they don’t get a second contract at all. Lamb if he can stick in the League for a few years will also have made set for life money.

    Staying at UK for another year or 2 wouldn’t help them get any better at basketball than playing in the Dleague.

    If you are pro caliber player and can make pro money but would rather stay in school more power to you. Your teams fans will love you for it. But to me the only reason any one would pass up the draft is
    A) they aren’t good enough or have enough potential to get drafted and need another year+ to get better
    B) They love college life and there family is already set for life.

  31. J A Brooks
    1:07 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    The problem is the notion that its worth going pro if you can be a first rounder because of the guarantee contract.

    But how much money do these players lose if they don’t get that 2nd 3rd 4th contract etc.

    A kid like lamb or Jones might want to go pro and Cal takes the stance that he’s getting them to go so they get that million dollar a year contract. But that’s only 2 years… if the kids aren’t ready the NBA chews them up and they end up in the d league or overseas or out of basketball altogether.

    If you stay an extra year or two and just acquire 1 or 2 more skills it can be the difference between 1 contract and 3 or 4 and thus the difference between 1 or 2 million dollars and 10-100 million…

    WCS might get drafted in the first round if he leaves but will he have a longer NBA career if he returns? My answer would be yes. If a guy like WCS comes back he could be a top 5 pick in a year or two. He’d get a bigger first contract, more endorsement opportunities, and a bigger commitment from his original team…

    If you’re a top 5 pick in the NBA draft you get a lot of chances to succeed. Look at kwame Brown and Darko Milicic… its not always the best for the kids just because they’ll be a first rounder

  32. asdf
    1:41 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    They are sending Terrence down to rack up big D-League numbers to enhance his trade value. If Jones puts up a 20/8 average, which is possible in the D-league, they can probably get another draft pick back for him, or better.

  33. Dr Mantis Taboggin
    2:22 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    #31 Finally someone who gets it.

  34. What are you thinking 31
    2:56 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    You people are crazy. How for the love of god can you hate on these kids! TJ looked great during the preseason. This is how the rocket operate they have 75 forwards like #9 told you. They are using these guys for trades. The only reason they sent him to the D- league is for other teams to evaluate him. He will be back in the league shortly it just may be on a different team same with Royce White.
    It’s simple if TJ hadn’t been at UK last year we don’t win the the National Championship. This kid played his ass off for UK he owes us nothing. How can anyone say he made a bad choice. He’s making millions living out his dream not yours. I would gladly trade places with him just like everybody else on here

  35. J A Brooks
    3:13 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    34) Personally I’m not mad at TJ at all. I’m talking about coaches advising kids to leave or kids deciding on their own to leave simply based on getting drafted.

    I thought TJ should have left but I don’t think it was wise for teague or lamb to go. No hard feelings at all. Simply saying its not as black and white as will he or won’t he get a contract. Some kids are simply not ready despite their draft status. If they will benefit and have a longer more productive NBA career why would a coach not advise them to return.

    If I’m Cal I tell mkg and AD they’re crazy if they stay another year. I tell lamb he should probably come back and I tell teague he should definitely come back.

    Like I said, getting a quick million is great but at least advise the kids they could be losing tens of millions if they’re not ready and they fall out if the NBA after one contract… teague could be facing that for sure.

  36. UK Freshmen
    3:34 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Good job, Coach Cal. Your own criteria of success is how many first rounders you grind out? Maybe we should look at the real success rate. Shame on all of us for being proud to be the leader of one & done. Shame.

  37. OK
    6:28 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Not a big deal. It will give him playing time, and the opportunity to hone his skills. Recall that PP went the same route a few years ago, and look at the numbers he is putting up. Go T!!

  38. Bob Loblaw
    6:46 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    #31 You hit the nail on the head. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  39. Bob Loblaw
    6:48 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    #31 It’s too bad Jones and all the other talking heads don’t understand that logic. They think it’s stupid to pass up the immediate money. No one is thinking of the long haul, they are just thinking of what can I get now. That is what is most dangerous for these guys.