Space City Scoop Round Table – Houston Rockets Off Season, Part 2

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Dec 30, 2014; Corvallis, OR, USA; UC Santa Barbara Gauchos forward Alan Williams (15) during warmup prior to the start of the game against the Oregon State Beavers at Gill Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Godofredo Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Q9: Should Morey have tried harder to retain Alan Williams after his dominant performance in Vegas?

Andre: He did fill up his stats in the summer league that’s for sure. I believe the NBA is a whole other monster though. Alan Williams is young and could use Hassan Whiteside as a role model and prove his worth at some other point in the future.

Coty: Yes. Overall, it is sad to know that no team in the league selected Alan Williams. He was one of the best collegiate players in this year draft. Although he was an undersized big man at 6’8, Williams averaged 15.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks over a four-year span for UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. His best performance of the summer league came in a 100-96 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers. In that game he recorded a double-double with 22 points and 21 rebounds. Williams would have been a great addition in Houston.

Eric: While Alan Williams was great in the summer league, displaying his solid post moves and outside shot, it still would have been hard for him to make the team, since the Rockets have Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas, Harrell, Howard, and Clint Capela in the front court. However, I would have loved to see the Rockets sign Williams and let him develop in the D-league.

James: I think anyone who doesn’t have a guaranteed contract has to prepare for the fact that they might not make the cut. I’m sure Williams appreciates the consideration, and I wouldn’t close the book on the potential for him to find a gig later down the road. These days, a stint in the NBA’s D-League could be the spark plug guys need to rejuvenate their careers or to get noticed.

The way I see it, you can dominate in Vegas, but the NBA regular season and playoffs is a whole different story. Morey’s focus had to be on bringing in experience and guys that can contribute immediately. Williams would have likely been limited to a small role. I wouldn’t be surprised if Williams spent some time playing overseas or elsewhere with a bigger role, gained some valuable experience, and got noticed by someone in the NBA down the road.

John: No i don’t think so, our roster is pretty deep as is. Also, it is only summer league, so he is playing guys who currently don’t have NBA jobs. He played well and hope the best for him but we are a deep team, we will be fine.

Joshua: I’m not sure what happened with Alan Williams. He played great during the summer league, so it’s hard for me to believe that Morey wasn’t interested in signing him, but after bringing back most of our roster, and having interest in other elite talent, the Rockets didn’t have a lot of free money to spend. I’m sure Williams got a legitimate offer from Morey, but the offer to play in China was probably just a better move on William’s part.

Trey: Yes, Alan Williams should have at least gotten some kind of contract. I think he would be if he wouldn’t have signed overseas, considering with the recent signing of Joshua Smith.

Tamberlyn: Here’s the thing: the reason franchises say they passed on Williams was because of his lack of size and conditioning. Then he shows up weeks after the draft at summer league in significantly better shape and dominated at his position. With an under sized big already on the roster in Harrell it made sense Morey didn’t snatch him up, but it would have been a plus to see the Rockets sign him and then assign him to Australia or a Euro League team to develop. At least they would have retained him instead of losing out on him completely.

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