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HardwoodAce: Year End Review of Joey Dorsey & Kostas Papanikolaou

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Jan 2, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Houston Rockets forward Kostas Papanikolaou (16) drives past New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Rockets 111-83. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The sample size was small, but let’s review the performances of Joey Dorsey and Kostas Papanikolaou this past season.

Both of these guys seldom played and spent most of the season sitting at the end of the bench for the Houston Rockets.

The depth of the roster meant Papanikolaou was playing behind Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer, two NBA veterans who the Rockets simply went to more than the rookie.

Papanikolaou did manage to tally up a season-high 19 points against the Lakers during a regular season game back on Nov. 19, but he didn’t live up to the hype that was build on his game following his international career.

Mind you, he wasn’t playing half bad before he got injured two-thirds into the season, but even if he was healthy, I’m not sure how likely it would’ve been to see him playing more minutes than Ariza or Brewer.

Jan 23, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Rockets forward Joey Dorsey (8) and forward Josh Smith (5) against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dorsey on the other hand saw limited minutes for a couple reasons. For one, when you’re playing behind Dwight Howard, you can’t expect to play many minutes. The other factor that limited his minutes was the fact that Kevin McHale had a deep and versatile enough lineup that he got away with playing small ball a lot during this season. The emergence of Josh Smith on the Rockets this past season left fewer minutes for the Rockets big men coming off the bench.

Let’s take a look at their numbers for the 2014-15 NBA season.

Next: The Numbers