There was little to expect after the Houston Rockets traded reserve point guard Aaron Brooks to the Denver Nuggets on the tail end of draft day for swingman Jordan Hamilton. Hamilton is in his third-year averaging only 12.6 minutes per game for his career, and Rockets coach Kevin McHale had appeared to cement his rotation.
After two games under his belt as a Rockets, Jordan Hamilton is fitting in nicely. Hamilton played double his career average in minutes against the Sacramento Kings, and the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night (24). Against the Kings, Hamilton finished with a PER of +26, finishing with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.
The Rockets won against the Kings in a blowout, thanks in large part to James Harden scoring 30 points in the first half. On Wednesday night against the Clippers, Hamilton lead the Rockets in threes, making 4 of the 8, total threes the entire team connected on. Jordan finished with 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
Coming out of college, Hamilton was touted as a deadly shooter who struggled to create his own offense. During his time in Denver, he struggled to do just about everything on the offensive end, but that was before he played with Dwight Howard, and James Harden. Jordan also looked great alongside Jeremy Lin late in the first quarter against the Clippers.
Hamilton is shooting .545% (6-11) from deep, which is bound to decrease, but any good shooting from behind the arc is appreciated by the Rockets.
With the Playoffs looming, there is limited time for Hamilton to gel with the Rockets, but if his play continues on its current track we can expect to see more of Hamilton this season.