By Sebastian Gonzalez on July 10, 2014
While the Houston Rockets' summer league team hasn't won a game yet, it certainly isn't due to a lack of quality players. A few members of their roster have shown the potential to be interesting additions to any NBA squad. And considering the current salary cap situation Houston is in (being highly unlikely to sign these players), every team in the NBA will want to be looking at these guys.
Jabari Brown, the 6-foot-4 guard out of Missouri, has surprised a number of scouts with his play this summer. He's averaged 11 points per game while drawing a large number of fouls. Getting to the line is a new addition to his game, as he's mostly known to be a spot-up shooter. While he's short for a two guard, his length and energy make up for it.
Tarik Black has continued to do what he had been doing for years at KU: Grab rebounds, run the floor and finish inside. He's shown to be the prototypical energy power forward, putting up numbers of 8.75 points and 7.5 rebounds per game -- and that's in just 22 minutes per game. His ability to run the floor and use his energy off the bench will be needed by some NBA teams.
If there's one thing that Chris Crawford can do, it's shoot. He was used as a spot-up shooter at Memphis, and all signs point to him finding a similar role in the NBA. He's been one of Houston's best offensive options, putting up 13 PPG on 43 percent field goal shooting.
The only player who is likely to end up on the Rockets' NBA roster is Nick Johnson. The former Arizona man has produced good numbers in the summer league. He's scored 13.25 PPG, dished 3.5 APG and grabbed 5 RPG. His defensive tenacity, energy and clean offense will make him an immediate option for the Rockets. And if you didn't see his nasty dunk on Tim Olbrecht, go watch it now.
After he's done playing for the Rockets' summer league team, Jahii Carson better be ready to field calls from other NBA teams. He has been shooting lights-out for the Rockets, putting up 12 PPG on 60 percent from beyond the arc and an overall 54 FG percentage. He also uses his size and athleticism to get to the rim more than anyone on the team.
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