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When you think of the team MVP so far this season most Houston Rockets fans would probably say James Harden. I’m here to tell you surprisingly it’s not. Another player, who most people didn’t expect much from except for myself is Omer Asik.
Without Asik the Rockets would be lost defensively and rebounding the ball. He is the big man that holds everything together and has even stepped it up big time scoring the ball.
In his last season with the Chicago Bulls, Asik averaged 3.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1 block in just 14 minutes a game. He was Joakim Noah’s backup and never got any big time minutes to show what he could do.
When Houston through all that money at Omer and forced the Bulls to let him walk as a restricted free agent, a lot of fans thought the Rockets over-paid by a large margin for an unproven big man. Asik has put the critics to bed and showed he is one of the best centers in the NBA today.
So far this season Asik is averaging 11 points on 49% shooting, 12.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in 32 minutes a game. It’s only 16 games into the season but he’s only showing signs of getting better.
One element to his game most people didn’t expect from him was his offense. He’s showing he has a lot more to offer with his amazing passing skills for a seven footer. He also has some underrated leaping ability at the rim. His cuts to the basket have actually been a go-to move for Jeremy Lin to get him the ball.
There is still a lot of season left and anything could happen. But if Asik keeps up this play he will definitely be named the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the 2012-2013 season.