New internal weapon for the Rockets after the transfer which took one of their great assets, Christian Wood, to the Mavericks of Luka Doncic. It’s time for rebuilding in Houston after the departure of James Harden a year and a half ago and the Texas team continues to dream big and big to turn things around. On this occasion, and through the news posted on their social networks by Shams Charania (Athleticism)we know the Rockets add another player in the paint: Willie Cauley-Stein has agreed a deal for 2022/23. This is a contract of training campnot guaranteed, in which the American will have to earn a place in the fixed roster this season.
The big addition to the 2022 draft was power forward Jabari Smith, from Auburn University and 3rd highest ranked in the aforementioned youth election. With the 19-year-old rookie, you have to build, together with Jalen Green, a base, a backbone that will last for many years.
Smith will be a mainstay. For the coach, the plan is to line him up together, or for long minutes, with the Turk Alperen Sengun, who left flashes of quality last season on his NBA debut. From there, the puzzle begins both for Silas and for the players who must win the minutes, among them the Spaniard Usman Garuba. There could be more moves to shake up the shaker, but the former Real Madrid player has to reckon with what awaits him now. Boban Marjanovicmore like a specialist, and Marc Chrisscame from the Mavericks in the lumber business. Kenyon Martin He has a similar profile to Chriss, much more mobile and with the ability to play from the outside in, relying on the counters. With contract also counts Bruno Ferdinand, endorsed this summer, although more focused on the pivot position. And you have to remember how the coach liked to try training with short guys in which Jae Sean Tate He acted like a big man.
To the names mentioned above, was added Willie Cauley-Stein, a player in sharp decline compared to what he had promised in the NCAA and who has already tasted the honey of the Warriors, the Mavericks and the 76ers after his passage unsuccessful in Sacramento. He’s become something more of a specialist for the ‘5’, not overusing the mid-range shot and ready for high balls and blocking chases and rebounds after someone else’s shot.
At the Mavericks, despite what Doncic absorbs for centers, he did not have the expected impact last year despite the fact that he had convinced in the previous one. He finished with 1.9 points on average. This beautiful interior of 2.12 meters and 28 years old is embarking on the adventure to scratch a long-term contract based on this opportunity. A good performance in pre-season would take an interior off the list.
The Rockets’ belief with Garuba remains the same: train him and try to find minutes for him whenever possible.. It is for this reason, for example, that the player has chosen to stay in the United States until this last week to recover from the minor injury for which it’s doubtful for this year’s EuroBasket. He is entering his second season in the North American league and in the first, continuity on the pitch was already a problem, with the franchise having to go to the G-League team so that that of Azuqueca de Henares does not lose the pace of the competition. In the final configuration it will be, unless surprised, but the overbooked centers that the Rockets have will not pave the way for him to play more unless he, with a progression in his game, is the one who achieves it.
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