Houston Rockets: Player grades from 140-71 win over Shanghai Sharks

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Again, everyone on the Rockets had something to contribute in the all-around effort on Monday night. Fans and the organization alike both had a chance to see just what the young guns could bring and there were definitely some impressive performances.

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Again, although his production was low, it’s hard to give a C or worse to anybody on a night like Monday’s. Rivers finished 0-for-3 from the field but contributed three assists and led the team with two steals. He also had the second-highest plus/minus on the team behind James Harden (plus 35), whatever that means for this game.. Guard. Houston Rockets. AUSTIN RIVERS. B -

A+. If I wasn’t such a stickler for strict grading structure, I would give Gerald Green an A++. Green was on fire all game long, starting off the game 5-for-6 from 3-point range and playing solid defense throughout. He added a game-high three blocks to go along with his 21 points and two rebounds but most importantly showed he still has the outside stroke to thrive in D’Antonio’s system.. Guard/Forward. Houston Rockets. GERALD GREEN

Houston Rockets. ISAIAH HARTENSTEIN. B+. Isaiah Hartenstein played the fewest minutes on the team by far at just six but made the most of it when he was out there. The seven-foot rookie had a nice sequence in the first quarter when he ran the floor off of a missed free throw and caught a leading pass from Harden for a layup, showing he’s ready to play at the pace D’Antoni expects. Hartenstein finished with seven points, two rebounds and a block in his limited time on the court.. Forward

B -. The highlight of Ryan Anderson’s game Monday was probably the loud ovation he got from the Toyota Center crowd, but still, he had his moments. While he missed his only two attempts from the field, Anderson came down with four boards, dished out three assists and recorded a block and steal in his 15 minutes on the court. Considering it was his first NBA action in a while, a slow start is expected.. Forward. Houston Rockets. RYAN ANDERSON

B+. Ben McLemore had a solid preseason opening night. While his 14 attempts from downtown were slightly high, it’s not exactly like the game’s outcome was ever in doubt. McLemore showed an ability to make the corner three as he converted from both corners during the game. As players like PJ Tucker have proven, the corner three is vital in D’Antoni’s system so this game was an excellent sign. Ben finished with 17 points on 6-for-16 from the floor.. Guard. Houston Rockets. BEN MCLEMORE

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