Before you scratch your head in confusion about the Houston Rockets announcement they’ve signed Joshua Smith to a training camp contract this is not the Josh Smith who played with the team last season. Though I’m sure many Clutch City fans would welcome another J. Smith to the staff especially if he has the potential to spearhead a comeback like Josh Smith did last season during the playoffs.
— NBA Daily Lineups (@DailyNBALineups) September 17, 2015
With *Joshua* Smith signing, Rockets now have 19 guys for training camp (including Harrell). Only one spot left, if they choose to use it.
— David Weiner (@BimaThug) September 17, 2015
This Joshua Smith is a center who split his college career playing 3 seasons as a UCLA Bruin and 2 seasons at Georgetown.His first 2 seasons at UCLA he got plenty of playing time averaging 32.5 minutes but his third season he only played 6 minutes a game.
Mar 12, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Creighton guard Devin Brooks (5) reacts after running into Georgetown center Joshua Smith (24) during second half of quarterfinal game at Madison Square Garden. Georgetown won 60-55.
Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Smith also averaged 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds while playing with the Bruins. In his 2 seasons at Georgetown he played around 20 minutes per game with 11 points and 5.1 rebounds. Smith dominated under the boards with soft hands as the YouTube video showcases, but would he have the same results versus NBA bigs?
The contract is said to be a non-guaranteed training camp offer which simply means the Rockets will bring in the center to get a better look at him and decide if he’ll fill the final open roster spot.
The Rockets have another 3 players currently under the same type of contract and will likely look to sign one of the training camp non-guaranteed contract players to fill a need up front with the final roster opening.
With big man Donatas Motiejunas reportedly still rehabbing and likely not ready to play at season start this has put emphasis on adding an additional big to the roster. Joshua Smith spent the majority of his summer with the Miami Heat in their Summer League.
Smith weighs in at a healthy 360 pounds and measures 6’10”.
— Hoops Rumors (@HoopsRumors) September 17, 2015
The signing of Joshua Smith was initially reported by Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel who had seen plenty of the center in his time playing for the Heat at the Orlando Summer League and while the Heat were said to be interested in the center the Rockets have beat them to the punch via this training camp signing.
More from Space City Scoop
- Rockets: Time to return the slander towards Rachel Nichols
- What the Rockets must do with the second overall pick
- Houston Rockets: The case for, and against, trading Christian Wood
- NBA Rumors: Why the Houston Rockets shouldn’t trade up to no. 1 in NBA Draft
- 3 players that would be a perfect fit for the Houston Rockets at 23 or 24