Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE
I have always given Toney Douglas the benefit of the doubt. I never thought he got a true shot to show what he could do in New York. I thought he would prove people wrong with the Houston Rockets. I know it’s just four games in but I think it’s time for a change.
His career totals are actually not bad from a backup combo guard. In 179 games he averages 8.8 points on 40% from the field and 35% from three, 2.5 assists, 2.4 rebounds and a steal in 21 minutes a game. His best years came in his rookie and sophomore seasons with the Knicks. After that he started to fall off.
In four games this season he is averaging 2 points on an awful 11% shooting and 0% from downtown, 1.8 assists, 1 rebound and 1 steal in 13 minutes a game. Even Courtney Fortson could put up numbers like this.
I don’t think Douglas is that bad of a player but I also don’t think he’s better than Shaun Livingston, who the Rockets released before game one of the season. Douglas played well in the preseason but in my opinion was outplayed by Livingston who showed he could bring a different dynamic to the Rockets rotation with his size and skill.
At this point I think Scott Machado would be a better fit to backup Jeremy Lin. His shot still needs a lot of work but his playmaking ability is definitely NBA ready. He’s a phenomenal passer with a high basketball I.Q.
Kevin McHale may not be fond of playing rookies but he may need to play one soon if Douglas doesn’t turn it around. The Rockets bench is struggling to find production outside of Carlos Delfino and may turned to the end of the bench for some help soon.