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Rockets sign Demetrius Jackson to a two-way contract

Photo by Allison Farrand/NBAE via Getty Images
Photo by Allison Farrand/NBAE via Getty Images
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The Rockets sign a former Celtics player.

August is usually the slowest month of the NBA season. The free-agency flames of July have cooled down and the preseason doesn’t start until Sep. 30. But that hasn’t stopped the Rockets from making deals.

According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Rockets have signed Demetrius Jackson to a two-way contract.

Jackson played three years for Notre Dame where he averaged 11.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists a game.

The Boston Celtics took Jackson with the No. 45 pick in the second-round of the 2016 NBA Draft. With Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier handling the point guard duties in Boston, Jackson struggled to receive much playing time. He saw the floor for 17 minutes during the entire season, mostly playing in garbage time.

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Demetrius Jackson spent most of the season playing for Boston’s G-League team, the Maine Red Claws. In 32 G-League games, Jackson did a bit of everything averaging 14.8 points, 6.0 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

The 22-year-old is only 6’1″ tall, but he is solidly built at 201 pounds. Jackson is quick and loves to get into the lane and finish around the hoop. However, he does struggle to shoot from the outside. Jackson made just 27.5 percent of his 3-pointers in the G-League, a very low number for an NBA point guard.

The NBA has recently expanded the maximum roster spaces from 15 to 17, with the additional slots used for players under two-way contracts. The Rockets are only allowed to keep Jackson on the team for 45 days, before they will probably send him to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

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If Jackson wants to earn a permanent spot on an NBA roster – especially one on the Rockets – he has to improve his 3-point shot.

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