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How Could the Addition of Zhou Qi Help the Houston Rockets?

Aug 10, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; China center Qi Zhou (15) drives to the basket past Venezuela during the men's basketball preliminary round in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 10, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; China center Qi Zhou (15) drives to the basket past Venezuela during the men's basketball preliminary round in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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The Houston Rockets are on the verge of bringing over CBA superstar Zhou Qi.

Like the 29 other NBA teams, the Houston Rockets are preparing for a busy offseason this year. There’s the upcoming NBA draft, a July meeting with free agent to be Chris Paul, and the future summer league debut of Chinese superstar Zhou Qi. Last year’s second-round pick of the Rockets will be a welcomed addition to the team. But just what kind of impact can he have?

Houston, I can confirm, are bringing in Chinese star Zhou Qi, second-round stash, to play Summer League with the Rockets.

— David Pick (@IAmDPick) June 17, 2017

Let’s take a look at his numbers from the CBA.

While being 7’2″, Zhou has the ability to space the floor and provide excellent rim protection. Last season with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, Zhou averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. He shot 55.8% from the field, 36% from 3 point range, and 72% from the free throw line. Another big body that is capable of shooting the 3-pointer and defends is exactly what the Houston Rockets need.

The only question that lingers with Zhou is how his slim frame will hold up in the NBA. The good news is he was here in April training with the Rockets. With some added muscle and his ability on both ends of the court, he could add some serious depth to the team.  The last big man for the Houston Rockets with this kind of talent was, of course, Yao Ming.

Overall, the most important aspect of this to keep an eye on will be his development through the process. His range on offense and shot blocking skill should be enough to excite Rockets fans. A promising talent to the rotation that could bring us closer to championship glory. Let’s hope the summer of Zhou provides a glimpse of the big man’s potential in the NBA and for the Houston Rockets!

*All stats via Houston Chronicle*

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