Houston Rockets: William Howard is definitely worth a look under the hood

Houston Rockets forward William Howard (Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets forward William Howard (Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets have signed forward William Howard to a two-way contract. He’s got upside and worth looking under the hood. What else is going on?

Houston Rockets fans — we’ve got all this news going on with our team.  There are rumors flying, signings being made and a disappointing finish to a game that was broadcast around the world that hoops heads will be talking about for a long time.

I tell you what — the Golden State Warriors will likely not win a lot of games this season but the sad part is that this game will likely be one of the highlights for such a lowly season marred with injuries.

I didn’t want it to be this way — I wanted the Houston Rockets to drop the hammer on them, step on their necks and move on to the next opponent like they had better things to do.

But the narrative changes, begging questions among the national media on if this team is fit enough to win the championship.  Although I have faith that they can, I honestly can’t say without a shadow of a doubt if they’re ready to do battle in a seven-game series with heavyweights such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers.

We’ll have to see about that…

While we’re thinking about that, the Houston Rockets quickly found someone to replace Chris Clemons two-way contract spot that was left vacant since the team converted his contract to a three-year deal.

The team officially announced that they have signed French forward William Howard to such a pact.  Howard has spent the season with the Salt Lake City Stars of the G League and did spend some time in training camp this past Summer with the Utah Jazz as well.

Howard is an interesting prospect, not only because of the fact that he’s 26-years-old, but he’s a 6-foot-8 small forward that fits the “three-and-D” concept that the Houston Rockets want out of players.

Before making his way to the States, his career spanned time with the EuroCup as well as the Pro

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A, highly-regarded as France’s top professional basketball league.

He averaged 10.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 steals with Limoges last season.  He led the league in games played (34), as well as being 8th in steals (27) and 4th in steals per game (1.7).  Howard was also 10th in the league in terms of true shooting percentage (.658).  His shooting line was .636/.600/.778 as well.

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony wrote a few years back that he’s a versatile forward that sometimes lacks the lateral quickness for a wing player that has size, long arms and a solid frame.

That certainly indicates that he deserves a chance with the Houston Rockets and hopefully his career flourishes here because I’m liking what I’m reading about him.

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It’s time to kick tail William — go Houston Rockets!

Howard averaged 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists,1.5 steals and 30.4 minutes while shooting .545/.443/.700 through 15 games — 10 starts — for the Stars this season.