The Houston Rockets should look into a player that was recently released by the Phoenix Suns.
Mike James was just released after being the first player to earn a full contract from a two-way deal. He would be an interesting addition that the Rockets should look into for their bench.
The Houston Rockets are currently sitting pretty with the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and the best record in the league. One of their weaknesses, though, has been the deep bench. Coach D’Antoni cannot trust his garbage-time players once the team is blowing out an opponent because of how many leads they have lost.
The 27-year-old rookie could be a guard to lead that unit and more if the Rockets want to sign him.
James was putting up around 10 points and 3 assists per game in around 20 minutes of work. He wasn’t very efficient at times, but he certainly had some good games this year.
Sources: Phoenix is releasing guard Mike James. He joined the Suns on a two-way deal and was signed for remainder of season after making a strong impact, but now has chance to land elsewhere.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 23, 2017
Why Mike James would fit with the Houston Rockets
If James signed with the Rockets, he could fill a spot deep on the bench and still play if needed with the other units. He is a scoring point guard who could lead the team during blowouts by actually putting up points, unlike some of the bench guards on the roster.
If he plays with the second unit some, he could up his efficiency by not having to dominate the ball as much. The ball movement of the Rockets’ system could certainly help him.
The problem is his shooting percentages. He has only shot 27% from 3 this season, 39% overall. While some of these numbers are skewed based on how many shots he was able to shoot with the Suns, it is still concerning. He has shown the ability to hit the long-range shot, however. He has 8 games this year with at least 2 makes. When he misses, though, he misses quite a few.
Briante Weber showed some promise for the team last game out, but Mike James would likely be an upgrade.