Okay, I get it. It’s not the regular season. Heck, it’s not even the preseason. It’s just the summer league, but I’m already excited for the future of this Houston Rockets team. And the best part? They’re only going to get better.
19, 19, 19, and 20
With a team featured by 19 year old’s Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun, and Josh Christopher, alongside 20-year-old KJ Martin, this might be the most exciting team to watch in the entire summer league. I mean in the first game alone against the Cleveland Cavaliers you could see a glimpse of each one’s talent.
Green outdueled fellow top-five pick, Evan Mobley, by scoring 23 in all three levels on 50% shooting. Sengun showcased his incredibly high basketball IQ with some nice movement of the ball while also posting a solid 15-15 stat line. Christopher showed his ability to be a potential microwave with the ball in his hands. And Martin can still fly, evidence by his block on Mobley, and he also improved that three-point stroke. All while coming back from down ten early in the game to escape with an 84-76 victory.
But wait, there’s more!
And this is all without another touted 19-year-old prospect in Usman Garuba, who is still overseas. Now reports did come out this morning that he and Real Madrid agreed on a buyout so, hopefully, Garuba will soon be able to join the summer league festivities.
One negative that did occur in this game that could garner improvement is shot-making. Besides Green, efficiency from the field was missed as evidence by quite a bit of missed shots. You could chalk it up to nerves, unfamiliarity, or whatever other excuses you want to give, but the result is all that mattered. The win.
The future is bright, that’s all I’m trying to say. But then again if you think this is crazy, just wait until KPJ, Wood, Tate, and Wall join the fun. It’s going to be a fun year Rockets fans!