The Rockets like the job Asik does on the boards as he’s averaging 11.7 rebounds per game. They’re satisfied with his 10.9 points a game, but it could be higher. At 7-feet, 255 pounds, he could be more of a force inside, but they want his teammates to do more of the scoring.
That might be a mistake, depending on who has the hot hand for the Rockets. But, it’s curious that Kevin McHale doesn’t put the ball in Asik’s hands more often. Houston lost 108-78 on Sunday to the Golden State Warriors. Asik was in for 31 minutes, shot only five times, but made three for six points (11 total). He also had 11 boards his previous game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and was 3-of-7 for six points.
A more profitable game was last week against the Phoenix Suns when he was 4-of-7, but made 6-of-7 in foul shots for 14 points. His shooting percentage of 53.9 percent is genuine. He’s reliable more than half the time when he puts a shot up.
In February, Asik had double figures in field goal attempts five times. He was also in double figures scoring twice when he attempted just eight shots.
McHale should make sure Asik shoots the ball at least 10 times a game for the rest of the season. The Rockets would most likely benefit from such a strategy.