Yes, it’s that time of the year!
The Houston Rockets Summer League!
This is an golden opportunity for those who are looking for a shot to make the roster to showcase their talents to prove their worth.
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Even though it’s just a glorified name for a summer scrimmage, there are still many takeaways that a hoops fan can get from these events.
Here are three positives:
1. Fans get to see some early action of their draft picks against comparable talent.
2. Fans also get to see how last year’s draft picks have developed one year later.
3. Fans have an opportunity to see the “dark horses,” those who received in invitation but not a guarantee to make the roster.
The third option is the most fun because I love the story of a underdog!
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The Rockets have announced their Summer League schedule in Las Vegas Thursday as well as the roster.
Without further adieu, here it is:
F J.J. Avila
G Aubrey Coleman
G Will Cummings
G Pierria Henry
G Jaron Johnson
G Denzel Livingston
F Chris Walker
F/C Alan Williams
F Christian Wood
That’s a pretty exciting lineup full of prospects if you ask me!
Capela and Johnson are the only two Rockets on the active roster that will be participating in the tournament this year.
Although Capela has come along quite nicely, Johnson still has some improvements that can be made in terms of his scoring and knowing when to do it.
However, his defense has always been on point!
We’ll also get an opportunity to see undrafted free agent Wood as I feel he was steal and can certain develop into a solid NBA player.
He’s not quite there yet but I’m hoping he at least gets a D-League spot so that he may have an opportunity to hone his talents with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
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The Rockets undertook their first game yesterday and were able to get their first win –111-104 — over the D-League Select, a collection of the top-tier talent across the D-League.
Alan Williams had 27 points, 10 rebounds while Glen Rice threw in 20 points.
No NBA players participated in yesterday’s contest.
The Rockets take on the Phoenix Suns tomorrow for Game 2 in the tourney at the Thomas & Mack Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. CDT and the game will be televised on NBA TV.
Take a look at the rest of the Rockets Summer League schedule — click here.
Let’s do this — go Rockets!