Houston Rockets: 3 things to watch in this year’s Summer League

By Michael Knight
Isaiah Hartenstein #55 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
Isaiah Hartenstein #55 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 11: Isaiah Hartenstein #55 of the Houston Rockets boxes out Jarrett Allen #31 of the Brooklyn Nets during the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League on July 11, 2018 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 11: Isaiah Hartenstein #55 of the Houston Rockets boxes out Jarrett Allen #31 of the Brooklyn Nets during the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League on July 11, 2018 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Developing prospects

The main thing that I will be watching for in these Summer League matchups for the Rockets is the development of some guys that will be trying to prove that they can be rotational players for the team this year.

Isaiah Hartenstein is the key one of these developing prospects. He’s proven enough in the G League, averaging nearly 20 points and 15 rebounds a game last year, while upping his 3-point percentage to 46.9% in the playoffs. He’s dominant down there and I’d like to see him prove himself to be ready to be the backup center with Nene and Kenneth Faried likely not returning.

Gary Clark is someone who showed promise last year off the bench. He is versatile defensively but had some issues on the other end of the court. He has great potential to contribute on the Rockets next year.

Vincent Edwards is the third guy that I’ll be looking at closely. He was a second-round selection last year by the Rockets but had a tough first season of professional basketball. How has he improved over the offseason?

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