Houston Rockets inking Chris Clemons for a longer term is a great move

Houston Rockets guard Chris Clemons (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets guard Chris Clemons (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Houston Rockets guard Chris Clemons has inked a brand-new deal with the team and it’s a great move for both sides. Why is that the case? Let’s take a look.

The Houston Rockets are hopefully in line for some good news amid the horrible performance that they had against the Golden State Warriors this past Christmas Day.  In a matchup that the had Houston Rockets favored to win, this team still found a way to lose a game that should’ve never gotten out of hand in the first place.

But despite all of the criticisms that this team will receive nationally for losing that game, they’ll rebound just fine and get back to their winning ways.  This team is going to win A LOT of basketball games and there’s no question that it won’t be the case.

How they perform in the postseason is predicated on if they can figure out who can handle the workload of creating offense if James Harden is being doubled-down.  That job is supposed to go to Russell Westbrook but when you’re 11-for-32 from the field and 0-for-8 from behind-the-arc, that’s likely going to keep oneself from being effective.

Since the Houston Rockets take on the Brooklyn Nets tonight, we’ll move on from that mess and talk about the good news in regard to Chris Clemons.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Clemons has signed a three-year deal with the Houston Rockets.

Clemons was getting awfully close to his 45 day limit on the NBA roster and if a deal wasn’t agreed upon, he’d have to be sent back down to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for the rest of the season.

Unlike the ordeal the Houston Rockets had with Danuel House last season, the team was able to come to terms with Clemons, who has been a surprisingly healthy contributor in small spurts this season.

I like this move because it helps the Houston Rockets keep their bench stout and it gives him the opportunity to develop even more for the team.

He certainly is a “three-and-D” guy in every sense of the word with him shooting 39.1 percent from behind-the-arc and with a respectable 112 defensive rating.

Clemons, an undrafted free agent out of Campbell University this season, turned heads during the

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NBA Summer League this offseason, warranting the team to hold onto him a bit longer.

He averaged 20.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals in 27.5 minutes per game with the Houston Rockets this past Summer.

Clemons is the first player to make it to the NBA out of Campbell — a small private school in North Carolina — for nearly five decades since NBA/ABA star George Lehmann, who played from 1968-74.

This is a modest investment for the Houston Rockets but this what Clemons categorizes to as an “early Christmas gift” to him. 

I love stories like these as far as how he clawed his way to an NBA roster and I wish him nothing but the best in his development.

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Congrats Chris — go Houston Rockets!

Clemons has averaged 4.8 points and 8.2 minutes off .430/.391/.750 shooting through 20 games this season.