The Houston Rockets have called up big man Tim Ohlbrecht from their NBA D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Ohlbrecht has played in all 32 career NBA D-League games with the Vipers, averaging 13.4 points on 60% shooting and 81% from the line, 7.4 rebounds, 1 steal and 1.6 blocks in 26 minutes a game.
At the young age of 24 years old, Ohlbrecht has yet to make an NBA appearance. He stands at 6’11, 255 pounds. Like that old cliché saying, you can never have to many seven footers.
This young man is a raw talent, but definitely more skilled and athletic then former Rocket Cole Aldrich. He has decent post moves under the basket and also plays some pretty good defense.
I’m not quite sure if he’s ready to make this jump, but the Rockets desperately need an answer at backup center. Greg Smith is struggling defensively and disappears in games more often than not. Ohlbrecht needs to work on getting better at every aspect of his game, especially with developing a shot and being a bigger factor when it comes to rebounding.
I expect it won’t take long for Tim to find some action. I got the opportunity to watch him play at the NBA D-League All-Stars game and you can definitely tell he was one of the best players in that league. Tim was also highly sought after by other teams.
The Rockets do what they do best, continue to get younger and add another asset to the mix.