One former Rocket will be coming back to the team next season, this time to work for them.
Chuck Hayes is a Houston Rockets legend. He also has been a talent evaluator since his time in the league. Now, he gets to do that very job for the team he impacted the most.
The Chuck Wagon will be the player personnel scout for the Rockets next season. He was hired the other day and fans should be happy. It is great for Chuck Hayes to be back in any form of Rockets red.
Over his time in Houston, Chuck did not have very good numbers. However, his value was not found in the stats, but in his defensive ability and fan favorite status. When he (briefly) came back to Houston in 2015-2016, fans brought out their old jerseys and welcomed him back.
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Chuck’s time in Houston
Chuck Hayes was an odd but awesome center for the Rockets. His defense was his bread and butter, even at his short height. Standing at just 6’6, he was still able to play defense with the best of them and lock down the post games of forwards and centers. That ability was still evident in 2015-2016, but his offense had deteriorated too much to justify giving him playing time.
During his 7 seasons in Houston, he averaged 4.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. In advanced stats, though, he averaged a 3.4 defense box plus/minus. To compare, Clint Capela, who is a decent defender, has averaged a 1.3 DBPM over his career in Houston.
It will definitely be nice to have Chuck back in H-Town. Hopefully, his skills as a player personnel scout are good so that he can stick around for years to come.
— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) September 2, 2017
*All stats via Basketball-Reference*