Houston Rockets sign Briante Weber to a two-way deal
By Michael Knight
The Rockets filled their second and last two-way spot this morning.
The Rockets have decided to finally fill both of their two-way contracts when they signed Briante Weber this morning. The other spot is taken up by backup guard Demetrius Jackson.
Houston filled up both of their two-way spots with guards. With Chris Paul‘s injury, the signing of Briante Weber is likely a precaution. He can still show and could potentially find playing time with the Rockets.
To refresh on two-way contracts, the player gets paid based on time with the team. They can spend up to 45 days with the team and the rest with the G-League affiliate.
How he plays
Briante Weber has not really gotten a chance to show off his talent in the NBA. Most games he has played, Weber was not needed in a significant role. Unfortunately, he likely won’t have one in Houston either. Regardless, he has had a great 2 years in the G-League, let’s look at some stats from last year:
He has the ability to fill up the stat sheet on any given night. He shot 35% from deep, too, and is a career 37% shooter from 3 in the G-League.
Weber’s defensive stats are pretty solid, as well. He had a defensive rating of 103 last year. For those who are not familiar with the advanced stat, a defensive rating of 103 is pretty darn good. Weber also managed to average over 3 steals per game. His 7.5 rebounds per game are also pretty high for a guard. He is everywhere on the court during a game, even at his 6’2 height.
Weber has the scrappiness to make it in the league, he just needs an opportunity to show it. Will he get that opportunity in Houston? He will likely spend most of his time with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, probably.
Speaking of Rio Grande Valley, a couple of players have been assigned there from Houston. Troy Williams and Chinanu Onuaku will likely both be with RGV as they start their season on November 3. Williams is the surprising send-down as he had a fantastic Summer League and hoped to stay up with the Rockets most of the year.
Zhou Qi is still with the team after the first G-League assignments. This may be due to Ryan Anderson‘s back injury that could keep him out of tonight’s game.
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*All stats via Basketball-Reference*