Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 12/20/12
NW hoops represent With roughly twenty games in the books, the groundwork to the 2012-2013 season is well underway and the Northwest has it’s hands in a number of story lines that will impact the NBA season. Volume 3 of the Northwest hoop stars takes a look at the young guns current role for their respective teams. Robert Sacre Big Rob saw a career high in minutes this past Friday when the LA Lakers traveled to DC to play the Wizards. With only one victory in their previous seven games, the Lakers needed a trip to Washington in order to put a band-aid on one of the worst 1/4 season starts in recent team history. While extremely active “off the bench”, Sacre has seen limited floor time this season (although about as much as can be expected for the final pick in the draft) and was given an opportunity for some fine tuning with the LA Defenders in the NBDL. In his three game stint with the Defenders starting November 28th, Sacre posted back to back double doubles, averaging thirty-two minutes of action in the first two games. While Sacre did get some burn in the Big Apple, he posted his career high statistically the next night. As the Lakers are amid turmoil, Sacre had his shining moment in the start of what has been a two game winning streak (they won on Sunday against the 76ers) with 16 minutes, 2-2 from the field for four points, 4 rebounds and 1 block. While Sacre is far from the answer to the Lakers woes, if the rest of the roster could muster up as much energy as the Vancouver native has, they may be able to turn the season around sooner than later. Terrence Ross He may be playing in the NBA “graveyard” known as Toronto, but the Raptors rookie shooting guard is doing his best to prove worthy of being the eighth overall pick. Averaging just a notch above 6 points per game and 2 rebounds, Ross has been on the floor for about 16 minutes a night. Not quite top 10 draft pick numbers. In limited time, Sacre has shown some promise (Photo: Yahoo) Add into the fact that he was drafted to extend defenses with his shooting touch, but his only knocking down 38% from the field and 26% from downtown, the opposition isn’t as afraid as expected. While it may take a year or two for Ross’ shot to fall on a consistent basis, his level of defensive play and desire to attack the rim is bringing in positive attention around the league. Last Friday, Ross posted his best overall stat line with 18 points (one short of his career high 19) to go along with 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Terrence Jones Many felt that last years version of the Kentucky Wildcats were the equivalent of a NBA roster, with all their big name superstar talent. Some even went as far to say that the Cats could have pulled out a victory or two if they were to lace up the kicks in a head to head battle. Unfortunately for Jones, the NBA reality appears to be far different than the fictional one. As the 18th overall pick, Jones has played in only 8 games with the Houston Rockets this season, averaging a total of 3.6 points and 2 rebounds in a little over ten minutes of action. Sent to Rio Valley in the NBDL for a pair of games (Nov 30/Dec 1), Jones dropped impressive numbers of 22.5 points and 17.5 rebounds. While these numbers are stunning, they have not quite reflected his role with the Houston Rockets, as he is playing behind fellow Wildcat, Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris. In the three of eight games that Jones received double digit minutes, he has shown value to the lineup, including a career high 12 points and 8 rebounds in 30 minutes against the Utah Jazz in mid November. With Patterson on the shelf for the foreseeable future with a foot injury, there is no better time than the present for Jones to prove his worth to coach Kevin McHale. Tony Wroten Back in June, many figured that as the 25th overall pick, Wroten would have received a lot more opportunity than his “Northwest NBA brothers”, however such has not been the case for the Garfield High / University of Washington guard. With only three games and eight minutes of pro action to his resume, Wroten has tallied only one rebound and one assist, while going 0-4 from the field. While the Reno Bulldogs have not seen the successes that the Memphis Grizzlies have so far this season, Wroten has proved that given the time, he has the ability to produce. In his six games with the D-League franchise since the start of December, Wroten has averaged 13.3 points, 3.3 assists and 3 rebounds in just over twenty minutes of play. Three times in the span of those six games, Wroten has notched twenty or more points, including back to back 21 point efforts in his first two games with the team. Many knew when the young guard declared for the NBA Draft that he was coming out a year too early, however with some seasoning in the NBDL, he may find his name once again on the Grizzlies roster before the end of this season.
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