After a season where James Harden vaulted himself into superstardom and the Houston Rockets fell to the eventual NBA Champions in the Western Conference Finals, the organization looks to make only small tweaks to their 2015-16 roster that may result in making the leap into an NBA Finals appearance. Expect another great year for Houston Rockets ticket sales with The Beard and Dwight Howard leading the way.
The Rockets have two 2015 draft picks on their summer league roster, Sam Dekker from Wisconsin, who was selected No. 18 overall and their second-round pick Montrezl Harrell from Louisville. The Rockets also invited eight undrafted free agents from the 2015 class including J.J. Avila, Will Cummings, Pierria Henry, Denzel Livingston, Chris Walker, Alan Williams and Christian Wood.
Williams, a 6’8” forward from UC Santa Barbara, has been the most impressive out of this group, averaging 21.5 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a steal in his two games played thus far. Dekker hasn’t participated due to injury, while Harrell is averaging 13 points and 7.5 rebounds in 29.5 minutes of action per game.
The Rockets defeated the NBA D-League Select team on July 10 during their Las Vegas Summer League opener, followed by a 108-89 victory against the Phoenix Suns on July 12. Houston dropped their third game, however, against the Toronto Raptors one day later by a final score of 95-87. The Rockets’ next game will be on Wednesday, July 15, either at Cox Pavilion or the Thomas & Mack Center.
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During the free agency period, the Rockets resigned both Patrick Beverly and Corey Brewer to multi-year contracts. Beverly was sorely missed during last season’s postseason run, where he missed the entire playoffs due to a hand injury. His trademark pesky defense could have been a tipping factor in their matchup with the Warriors.
Dekker has been sitting out of summer league basketball with a sore lower back, and the team does not expect him to make any appearances before the Las Vegas Summer League concludes on July 20. Dekker was a key member to last season’s Wisconsin team that lost in the National Championship game to Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones’ Duke Blue Devils.