Yesterday, the Rockets signed another young and talented player.
The Rockets officially signed Cameron Oliver to a deal yesterday. They signed him before the second Summer League game in Las Vegas and made it clear that the Rockets value him. He impressed in his debut with some stellar defense and a few dunks and heads-up plays.
After his debut, he hardly played in game 2 shortly after signing his contract. The details of the contract are unknown, as is how much Cam will play during the rest of the Summer League.
Can He Help the Rockets This Year?
Cameron Oliver has the potential to be an absolute beast at the power forward or small-ball center. He has great athleticism, good shooting, and great shot blocking. He is still young, as he declared after only his sophomore season.
Oliver will likely be a project for the Rockets. He may spend lots of the season with Rio Grande Valley in the G-League. That is the most likely scenario, but if he shows out in the preseason and in training camp, he might make the actual team for the Rockets. While that is an unlikely situation, it is always possible because Daryl Morey loves his stretch fours.
Rockets announce signing of rookie forward Cameron Oliver. He looked good last night. Will be interesting to watch at camp, in preseason.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 8, 2017
His shooting improvement will be key to the Rockets on whether he makes the team or not. So far in the Summer League, Oliver is 0/3 from 3-point range. However, his defense has been on display as he had 3 blocks in his first game to go along with 2 steals.
Whether or not Cameron Oliver is in the plans for the Rockets for the future, it is still exciting to see some young talent getting a contract with the team.
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