Houston Rockets: Will Troy Williams Get Playing Time?
By Michael Knight
With a summer full of acquiring wings, will one young player be left in the dust for the Rockets?
Troy Williams is coming off an incredible Summer League performance that led him to a contract. He was the leader of the team and averaged over 20 points per game. He looked like he was in complete control and that the Summer League was not worth his time. Williams is ready for some real minutes.
However, the Rockets went wing crazy this summer. Does Troy Williams fit into their plans for this season? Who will he have to compete against for playing time?
Troy Williams This Season
Troy has the versatility to play in the D’Antoni offense, that’s for sure. He is an athletic freak who has a decent shot from deep. He can play anywhere from the 2 to the 4 on offense due to his 6’7 frame. Defensively, Williams can hold his own and even lock down the opposition at times.
He showed off his full range of skills in a game against the Phoenix Suns last season. With Harden out, Williams dropped 21 points and 6 makes from beyond the arc. Could he get some playing time this season? Let’s see who stands in his way.
Tucker is the most likely candidate to receive most of the minutes at the backup small forward position. He is an overall better shooter and defender than Troy Williams and has plenty of NBA experience.
Tucker will be tasked with defending the best bench wing of the other team to start. He will also help Trevor Ariza out defensively by guarding the best forward at times. That is something that Troy Williams likely cannot do, so look for Tucker to not be overtaken by him.
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Luc Mbah a Moute
Mbah a Moute is another new addition for the Rockets this summer. He will probably get most of his minutes at the backup power forward position, another place that Williams can play. Like Tucker, Luc can guard the best player on the court and that is why he will probably keep his minutes. Should Mbah a Moute get worse from 3 or his defense, though, maybe Troy can take some of his minutes.
Troy Williams is likely the odd man out on the roster of the Rockets. He will be the first player available to help should there be an injury, but I do not see him getting minutes at the beginning of the season. The bench unit currently looks like so: Harden or Paul/Gordon/Tucker/Mbah a Moute/Nene. That bench is incredible and Troy will get the opportunity to learn from some crafty veterans.
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