Houston Rockets: Summer League Preview – Zhou Qi Headlines

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 26: Zhou Qi
OAKLAND, CA - JULY 26: Zhou Qi /

The Las Vegas Summer League is almost upon us.

The Rockets begin their Summer League this Friday night. The team is starting to shape up, and a roster was released this morning. The team is full of up and coming players, with quite a few notable ones. Here is the roster, as Ben DuBose reported:

Here's the #NBASummer roster for #Rockets at the moment: pic.twitter.com/vIt1l8lfpR

— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) July 4, 2017

There are a decent amount of things to talk about. With a large roster full of young talent, the Rockets will get a good chance to see what their G-League team may look like this season. If someone plays well enough, maybe they will even make the full roster, a la Tarik Black in 2014.


The main player to watch is overseas sensation Zhou Qi. The Rockets signed him to a multi-year deal last week and the team will get to see if his game can make it in the NBA. He has fantastic potential and great height and length, the main question is whether he is strong enough. The Summer League will be a good test against near-NBA level players.

Another name to watch is the recent second-round draft pick, Isaiah Hartenstein. Though he is not signed and will likely stay overseas next season, he still will participate in the Summer League. Hartenstein is a great prospect who could make a serious impact in the NBA someday. This summer we will get to see his playing style and his immediate impact.

An interesting player that the Rockets are giving a shot is Adam Drexler. If you think that name sounds familiar, then you are definitely right. Adam is the son of Rockets legend Clyde Drexler. He plays overseas in Japan and the Rockets are going to give him a chance on their Summer League team.

This year’s Summer League will be a fun one to watch. While some of the young players the Rockets have had in the past are no longer with the team, the new players will still make the summer exciting. Here is the schedule that is known so far:

ICYMI, this is the weekend #NBASummer schedule for #Rockets (with TV info). Tournament format starts on 7/12, after the preliminary round: pic.twitter.com/r23ud92tYv

— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) July 4, 2017

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