The Houston Rockets trade to acquire point guard Tyler Ennis sends Michael Beasley to the Milwaukee Bucks .
News of the Houston Rockets trade to send power forward Michael Beasley to the Milwaukee Bucks addresses the over abundance of power forwards on the roster. In addition, the acquisition of Tyler Ennis provides another serviceable point guard who can also pick up minutes at shooting guard.
Tyler Ennis comes to the Rockets following his second season in the Association. Ennis began his career drafted by the Phoenix Suns who were loaded at the point guard position. Eventually this led to his trade to the Bucks.
In Milwaukee he found himself once again behind a number of point guards including Michael Carter Williams, Greivis Vasquez and Jerryd Bayless. Then Jason Kidd decided to experiment with Giannis Antetokounmpo playing the point pushing Ennis even further down the rotation.
Ennis also suffered an injury which set back his growth and ultimately led to off season surgery last summer.
Through his two seasons Ennis stat line has been relatively modest:
2014-15 Per Game Averages:
3 Point FG%: 27.9%
2015-16 Per Game Averages:
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3 Point FG%: 33.3%
Though his numbers aren’t huge, they do point to constant improvement.
For some, losing Beasley was bitter sweet especially based on how much he shone in the post season. The reality is his usage rate was bound to drop with the addition of Ryan Anderson who’ll surely get the majority of minutes at PF. Plus the Rockets need to get Montrezl Harrell for him to continue his growth. This move should also clear the way for Houston to finally lock up Donatas Motiejunas who offers versatility at both front court positions.
Looking ahead, could Ennis finally have found the perfect home to showcase the talent and leadership skills he displayed in Syracuse? Time will tell.