The second-round selection of the Rockets last year has agreed to come to the States.
This morning, the Rockets have agreed to give Zhou Qi a shot. They signed the Chinese star to a multi-year deal and Zhou is heading to Houston. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN first reported the signing, though it has been rumored for a few weeks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2017
It was widely known that the Rockets and Zhou wanted him over here on the team. He will likely play in the Summer League that begins on July 7 and we will get to see what he brings to the table. Zhou Qi is a great prospect who draws the occasional comparison to a Rockets legend: Yao Ming. There’s one main difference between the style of the two and that is that Zhou Qi can shoot the 3.
Zhou Qi is an all-around beast who is still young and learning. Last season for the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers, Qi averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game. He did all of this and led the Flying Tigers to a 43-8 record in the Chinese Basketball Association. He also shot 36% from deep on just over one taken per game.
Zhou has such incredible upside due to his 7’2 height and 7’8 wingspan (!). He has the potential to be a face of the franchise if he becomes the defensive and offensive beast he is projected to be. If he lives up to potential, then what kind of player will Zhou Qi become in the NBA? We will have to wait and see.
Next for the Rockets
Free agency meeting will continue throughout the day and week for the Rockets. Multiple players are being looked at by the Rockets to join James Harden and Chris Paul, so we will see who Daryl Morey and Co. acquire.
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