With the recent trades that went down, the Houston Rockets have lost a lot of production off the bench, especially at backup point guard and at the forward spot. Carlos Delfino’s role will now expand and Patrick Beverley will assume the duties of backing up Jeremy Lin. But two players producing isn’t enough. This is why Francisco Garcia is just as important as Thomas Robinson is for a chance to make the playoffs.
Toney Douglas and Marcus Morris we’re a big chunk of the Rockets bench. Cole Aldrich also played some valuable minutes towards the end of his time with Houston. These three guys combined for 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists a game. Morris shot 38% from three while Douglas shot 37%. Beverley and Garcia will need to somehow at least be close to racking up these numbers on a daily basis.
Garcia’s role off the bench has diminished greatly the last two seasons. Mostly due to the fact that he plays on one of the most poorly ran franchises sports. But also because he plays on a team filled with young guys who need the experience. Not to mention all of them are complete ball hogs.
So far this season Garcia is averaging just 5.2 points on 37% shooting from the field and 36% from the deep, 1.7 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 block and 1 steal in 17 minutes a game. Garcia is a great defender but can also knock down shots if open.
This is a great position for Garcia to be in. He will find new energy and be relieved to be out of such a bad situation with the Sacramento Kings. This will be the first time in his career he has had a legitimate shot at making a run at the playoffs. His new-found role should give him great confidence. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him putting up better numbers than Morris did this season for Houston.