Eight 3-and-D players the Houston Rockets should target

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7. Donte DiVincenzo

Donte DiVincenzo is a rising star for the Milwaukee Bucks and has flourished, which has landed him an uptick in minutes. The Villanova product is playing 22.7 minutes per game and has posted per-36 averages of 14.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals.

On top of that, DiVincenzo is shooting 34.4 percent from downtown, which has also been an improvement from his rookie season. DiVincenzo ranks inside the top twenty in the league in defensive win shares and ranks 23rd in defensive box plus-minus, which further illustrates his elite defensive ability.

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Although the 23-year-old doesn’t necessarily bring a lot of size to the equation, as he stands 6-foot-4, it hasn’t prevented him from being a top-tier defender. It may seem as if the second-year guard is a bit undersized, but it wouldn’t prevent him from playing major minutes in Mike D’Antoni’s rotations because he’s turned to the small-ball lineup quite frequently.

DiVincenzo also has a true shooting percentage of 56.3 percent, which would be a huge boost for a Houston Rockets team that prides itself on efficient offense. As DiVincenzo has an outgoing salary of $2.9 million, the Rockets can land him by trading Nene and Chris Clemons, who the Rockets don’t play much at all.

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