Houston Rockets Player Profile: In Search Of A 15th Man

By John Bauer
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Dec 10, 2014; Lincoln, NE, USA; Incarnate Word Cardinals guard Denzel Livingston (11) celebrates after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second yhalf at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Incarnate Word won 74-73. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Sniper

Denzel Livingston

Guard: 6’4″,  178 pounds

Denzel Livingston wasn’t highly recruited coming out of high school like some of the others playing for the Rockets’ 15th roster spot. Livingston committed to Incarnate Word (a Division II program at the time of his commitment). Incarnate Word relied heavily upon Livingston during their transition to Division I basketball.

Livingston was a first team All-Southland conference performer, and helped lead Word to an upset win over Nebraska of the Big 10. Livingston finished his collegiate career with a stat line of 20.9 points per game 3.3 assists per game 6.2 rebounds per game , and a .369 three-point percentage.

After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft, Livingston went on to play in 3 games in Vegas, putting up a less than stellar 2.0 points per game and 1.3 assists per game. However, he was still able to do enough to make training camp with the Rockets. Thus far in four preseason games, Livingston is averaging 7.5 points per game, 2.0 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists per game. Livingston has been instrumental in a couple of the preseason fourth quarter comebacks, yet has also balanced those performances with less than stellar outings.

Chances to make the Rockets

I see Livingston as the longest shot to make the opening night roster of these 5. Just like Will Cummings, he is trying to crack one of the deeper back courts in the NBA. Minutes are already at a premium for the 15th man anywhere, let alone on this deep Houston team.

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