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6 Players the Houston Rockets could call up from the Rio Grande Vipers

Angel Rodriguez Houston Rockets (Photo by Christian Inoferio/NBAE via Getty Images)
Angel Rodriguez Houston Rockets (Photo by Christian Inoferio/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Angel Rodriguez Houston Rockets (Photo by Christian Inoferio/NBAE via Getty Images)

With the Houston Rockets recently calling up Gary Clark and Isaiah Hartenstein from the Rio Grande Vipers, here are six additional players the Rockets could be eyeing from their G League affiliate.

It’s well known that the Houston Rockets are strapped for cash, which hinders their ability to acquire a major piece via trade or even free agency. The Rockets will be active in the buyout market, but they also could possibly turn to the Rio Grande Vipers, who are the Rockets’ G League affiliate. The Vipers have been a really good team, as they won the G League championship in 2019 and have won three titles since 2010.

The Rockets could be looking to add size, defense and shooting, as these are all areas they could stand to improve in. The Rockets’ defensive woes have been well documented, and rightfully so, as they currently are allowing the league’s fifth-most points per game. The Rockets have taken a dip in their field goal efficiency and 3-point efficiency this season and will be looking to get that corrected over the course of the season, especially if they have their sights set on a title.

These glaring needs may be why the team opted to call up Gary Clark and Isaiah Hartenstein, as they each address the defense and size issues plaguing the Rockets. Head Coach Mike D’Antoni hasn’t been known to turn to his bench for long stretches or for significant minutes, so it’ll be interesting to see how that goes as well.

With the Rockets essentially having limited avenues and options on how to improve the roster, here are six players they could possibly turn to in order to improve the team’s weaknesses.

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