When the Houston Rockets signed Carlos Delfino in the offseason I was a little surprised. I knew he was a good player while with the Milwaukee Bucks but I didn’t understand where he was going to fit with the Rockets.
Of course my opinion of him joining Houston has definitely changed. Although I could still see him being traded he has been one of the most consistent players for the Rockets so far this season. In fact, in the last ten games Delfino has been lighting up his opponents.
He has scored in double-figures in 9 of his last 10 games, while averaging 14 points on 49% shooting. His season averages are 10.8 points on 42% shooting from the field and 40% from downtown. He’s also averaging 3.3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 25 minutes a game.
It’s no question that Delfino has been one of the best three-point shooters so far this season. I would go as far as saying he should be looked at to join the 2013 NBA three-point shootout. But that’s not all he is doing. He is a huge leader from the bench. He comes into the game and brings instant offense. He has also shown some playmaking abilities, decent defense and even a few dunks here and there.
I have no doubt in my mind Carlos could easily be a starter on a handful of different teams. Having him come off the bench is definitely a luxury but also could be used as trade bait. Either way he has lived up to his contract so far this year.