Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
The Houston Rockets have added yet another point guard to their training camp roster in Demetri McCamey. He will have to earn his spot on the team while going up against Shaun Livingston, Toney Douglas and Scott Machado for the backup point guard job.
I really like this move by the Rockets. Demetri had a great collegiate career, averaging 12.4 points, 5.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1 steal in 31 minutes a game. His best season came in his junior year, where he averaged 15 points, 7 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 34 minutes a game. He shot 45% from the field and 34% from downtown. Also in his junior season he was named to the All-Big Ten First Team.
McCamey is a big point guard at 6’3, 200 pounds. I love that the Rockets picked him up along with Scott Machado. I think one of these guys will definitely make the roster and the other will be sent to the D-League to work on his game. Unfortunately it will most likely be McCamey that has to make that trip.
During the NBA Summer League, McCamey played for the Chicago Bulls. He played in all 5 games, averaging 4.4 points, 1 rebound, 1.5 assists and less than 1 steal in 13 minutes a game. He shot just 36% from the field in a less than stellar Summer League performance. He did do well in his last game however. He put up 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals in 22 minutes. He shot 4-9 from the field.
Demetri has a lot of work to do, but he also has a lot of potential. He went undrafted in 2011, but so did Scott Machado who led the nation in assists last season. McCamey has a nice shot, good ball handling skills and can make some spectacular passes. He has a high basketball I.Q and plays above average defense. He’s a tough guy with a big heart.
By the looks of this signing I think it’s safe to say Shaun Livingston has no business making the team. It’s obvious the Rockets are going with the youth movement and McCamey fits that mold while Livingston does not. If Douglas struggles like he did last season the backup point guard job will be up in the air for Demetri and Machado. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Training camp has yet to begin.