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Hill injured; Rockets’ Smith finally gets a look


Jordan Hill strained his right knee in practice, which means we'll get a shot to see Greg Smith as he's been called up from the Valley.

Jordan Hill sprained his right knee in practice on Saturday and is expected to be out through next weekend’s All-Star break, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle.

This means we’ll finally get to see Greg Smith, the Rockets’ 6-foot-10 undrafted rookie booming with promise, get a look with the big-league club.

Look, it’s no secret I’m not the biggest fan of Hill, whose inconsistency is so frustratingly maddening. He is undersized, he’s not tough, he’s weak around the rim, he fouls too much. He’s everything the Rockets don’t need at center. His five points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 15 minutes is not cutting it.

Smith, on the other hand, is big. He’s strong. He’s a presence. He PLAYS big. Even at 6-foot-10, he can be considered undersized at center but he is your typical behemoth of a power forward; he loves being physical and he loves the paint and has no problem throwing around his 250 pounds. I love it. In 21 games for the Vipers this season (17 starts), he’s averaging 16.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 27 minutes per game. He averages 2.2 offensive rebounds per game and shoots 66 percent from the field. Not a whole lot not to like.

As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, the Rockets chose to keep Jeff Adrien around instead of current sensation Jeremy Lin. Then they cut Adrien a few weeks ago to make room and sign Smith. So, essentially, Lin’s departure made way for Smith. Interesting.

Here’s some stuff on Mr. Smith:

Welcome on board, Greg. Here’s hoping you never have to go back down to RGV.