Houston Rockets: 2 takeaways from the team’s loss to the Spurs

By Tevin Williams
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1. Chris Clemons should make the rotation

Chris Clemons has been a fun prospect for the Houston Rockets in the preseason. The undrafted rookie, standing at just 5-foot-9 inches tall, is not afraid to let it fly from any spot on the court. He’s also a good shooter, knocking down 36.3 percent of his 3-pointers over his four-year career at Campbell.

After fracturing his left foot, Gerald Green will likely miss all of next season. Green is a hit or miss kind of player, because he doesn’t offer much if his shot isn’t falling. However, on a good night he can provide instant offense off the bench and he can be the difference in a ball game.

Chris Clemons has a similar skill set. Clemons looks for his shot every time he touches the ball and he can heat up quickly. He scored 13 points in the last 4:40 of the game against the Spurs on Wednesday, making three 3-pointers over the span of about a minute.

Since the start of the preseason, Clemons was one of those players who had a legitimate chance at making the roster, where he would spend the season taking notes as a backup point guard to Russell Westbrook and Austin Rivers.

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However, with his recent play and with Gerald Green’s injury, there’s a good shot he can actually become a rotational player. He can shoot the ball, and he’s not shy about it. In this league, and especially on a team like the Rockets, a smooth jump shot can take you a long way, even if the rest of your game is still developing.