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Summer League preview: Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks

By Michael Knight
LAS VEAGS, NV - JULY 8: Jacob Evans #10 of Golden State Warriors goes to the basket against the Houston Rockets during the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League on July 8, 2018 at the Thomas & Mack Center 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 Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEAGS, NV - JULY 8: Jacob Evans #10 of Golden State Warriors goes to the basket against the Houston Rockets during the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League on July 8, 2018 at the Thomas & Mack Center 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 Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets will begin Summer League action tonight in Las Vegas as they face off against the rival Dallas Mavericks. Can they start it off with a victory?

News around the league is flying around like crazy, but the Summer League is still going strong. The Houston Rockets and their young players will begin their time in Las Vegas tonight as they face off against the Dallas Mavericks, the in-state rival.

This isn’t the first game for the Mavericks, though, as they played last night against the Brooklyn Nets, winning a close one 96-92. Former highly-regarded backup Cameron Payne is on the roster after his fall from grace and they also have some exciting young pieces in Kostas Antetokounmpo and Antonius Cleveland. Last night, Cleveland led the way with 22 points and 5 rebounds.

The Rockets themselves will have a fun roster, as well. Who can we look forward to seeing tonight try to prove themselves and try to make a difference on the real team this year?

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Isaiah Hartenstein will look to make another huge step in his third season of American professional basketball. Last year in the G League, he increased his averages from 9.5 points per game to 19.4 and 6.6 rebounds per game to 14.9. He’s pretty much proven it all down there and it’s time for him to contribute to the actual Rockets. It all starts in the Summer League!

Shamorie Ponds is a guy that is continuing to have hype grown around him. The Rockets quickly nabbed him after he went undrafted, and it’s surprising they were able to do so. He is a highly-skilled point guard, and Kendrick Perkins even said he was the “best” at the combine. Can he put it all together and contribute to the Rockets this year or next?

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Last year, we got to watch Danuel House blossom into a great player in the Summer League, eventually landing a deal with the team in December. Who will be the player to step up and show what they have for the Rockets tonight? It’ll certainly be fun to watch, so be sure to tune into NBA TV at 8:00 tonight as they face the Mavs!

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