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Houston Rockets Release Courtney Fortson



The Houston Rockets have cut ties with point guard Courtney Fortson who joined the team halfway through last season after Kyle Lowry went down with an injury.

Fortson played in only 6 games for the Rockets, averaging 3 points, 1 rebound and less than 1 assist in 8 minutes a game. He shot just 30% from the field and22% from downtown. He also played in the NBA Summer League with the Rockets, averaging 4.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 14 minutes a game. He started three of the four games he appeared in.

The product out of Arkansas needs a lot of work. He’s too small to play anything but point guard, but doesn’t have the basketball I.Q, nor does he have the talent to run a NBA team yet. He’s a score first guard but has a hard time scoring against the best in the world. He struggles to find his teammates and is a below average passer. He has the speed, athletic ability and quick hands to play in the NBA, but that’s about it.

When the Rockets first got him I was a big fan of his. He played hard and left everything out on the floor. He didn’t have much success but he showed me some potential. That changed in the Summer League, he looked too comfortable, as if he was a lock to make the team. He didn’t have that same tenacity as he did during the season. Courtney being cut was not surprising at all, especially after the Rockets got Jeremy Lin, Shaun Livingston, Toney Douglas and Scott Machado this offseason.

Fortson’s game is best suited in a different league. Maybe he should try a league overseas or even go down to the D-League and work his way back up. Right now he is not an NBA caliber player. Hopefully this unfortunate release will light a fire under him again.