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Where do I start with this kid? He had a really nice career at Fresno State but only stayed two years. After seeing what he’s done in the NBA, or should I say hasn’t done, he should have stayed all four years in college. He’s very raw and far away from making any impact in the NBA. As of now, he’s the type of player that will wear a suit at the end of the bench or be playing in Rio Grande Valley next year. The Houston Rockets have a lot of young talented players on their roster and the best will play.
Greg Smith may have a small chance of making the Rockets roster and actually getting some playing time. Houston went out and filled a need this offseason by stealing away center Omer Asik, but they still need a legitimate backup. Some people expect that job to go to Donatas Motiejunas. He’s tall enough, but not nearly big enough. He needs to gain some weight and work on his strength before he can bang with the big boys in the NBA. Some people think that Patrick Patterson can slide over and play center when Asik needs a breather. He has the strength, but he’s not known for his defense or rebounding, and that’s what the Rockets need.
The Rockets don’t have many options at backup center at this point. Smith should take full advantage of that in training camp. He was nonexistent in the NBA Summer League and for the Rockets last season. He has the strength and body type to play center in the NBA, but he lacks the basketball I.Q, quick hands, quick feet and soft touch offensively to impress anyone. If this guy was five inches shorter you most likely would have never heard of him. He has a lot of work to do and a short time to do it. If he doesn’t figure it out soon his career as a Houston Rocket may be over very soon.