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Chris Johnson Signs with the Houston Rockets

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 8: Chris Johnson
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 8: Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson, a former star of Rockets’ G-League affiliate, signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Rockets.

One Word: FINALLY!  

To be honest, I was quite surprised he was not signed to a contract sooner. But as they say, better late than never.

Chris Johnson had an amazing run with the Rockets during the 2017 summer league.  He averaged 14.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game in Vegas.  He also shot an outstanding 50% from the field.

In the Rockets’ Summer League lost to Denver, Johnson scored a whopping 20 points and 7 rebounds. Although, I expected nothing less from him.

Key Player for Rio Grande Valley Vipers 

Chris Johnson was a key player for the Vipers throughout the season. Last season, Johnson averaged 13.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game during the regular season with the Vipers.

During the 2017 playoffs, he averaged 40.4 minutes, 17.6 points with 8.3 rebounds and a field goal percentage of 59.6 percent.

I was lucky enough to see him play live throughout the season. Let me tell you it is so FUN to watch him out on the court.

Overall, Good Signing… 

He is versatile and plays with high intensity. While the numbers confirm that he can consistently contribute out on the court.

In addition, Johnson has played with multiple NBA teams throughout his career including with the Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, and the Utah Jazz.

Could all this possibly give him an edge in training camp?

The Rockets will be headed into training camp with a full roster of 20 players.

I would like to see Chris Johnson fill a spot on the Rockets’ roster.  I believe he would provide the Rockets with an added boost coming off the bench. He is extremely talented and has the skills to be a solid contributor for the team.

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Stay tuned, as the competition for roster spots heat up during training camp.