Houston Rockets: Three players to see role increase with Melo departure

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Houston Rockets F James Ennis

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 20: James Ennis #8 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

James Ennis, F

Like I mentioned previously, James Ennis was brought in to provide some defensive firepower to go along with some catch and shoot three balls. Ennis has done a pretty good job at both of those things in the nine games that he’s been able to play in.

So far this season, Ennis is shooting nearly 40% from three to the tune of over 10 points per 36 minutes. He is also averaging a steal and a half and half a block per game to go with over three rebounds and more than one assist.

Ennis is only playing in 22 minutes per game currently even though he has started every game he’s been healthy for. He is without a doubt due for a playing time increase with prospective Melo departure. However, he is due more than playing time bump, his role will, without a doubt, increase as well.

Ennis is only tasked with shooting the ball a little over six times per game with the majority of those shots coming beyond the arc. Ennis will likely be charged with more shots moving forward, a role he will more than capable to fulfill. He is currently 72% on corner threes. With more offensive looks to go around Chris Paul and James Harden will be looking Ennis’ way more often and he’ll knock them down.

His offensive chances are sure to go up as well to go along with the uptick in minutes. Beyond that, Ennis is an excellent stopper on the defensive end so having him out on the court more often should also only be a boon to the Houston Rockets defense.

Ennis may also be tasked more with crashing the boards and handling the ball on occasion. His rebounds are way down from his career average so it’s more than reasonable to assume he’d be up for the task. Ennis could help return the Rockets to prominence.

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