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Herbert Jones’ enormous offensive improvement on display in 18-point fourth quarter at Denver

Despite being a second-round draft choice in 2021, Herbert Jones continues to make the kind of impact you’d more reasonably expect from a lottery pick – or perhaps a savvy, 10-year NBA veteran. As New Orleans first-year head coach Willie Green described after Friday’s 113-105 win in Denver, the University of Alabama product doesn’t play like he’s only been a pro since last July, when he was chosen No. 35 overall by the Pelicans.

“Even though he’s a rookie, he seems like he’s been in the league five or six years, the way he processes the game,” Green said, after Jones piled up 18 fourth-quarter points to help beat the Nuggets.