With so much attention on Robert Covington, let’s shift our focus to the other player the Houston Rockets landed in the trade: Jordan Bell.
The Rockets had long targeted Covington, and rightfully so, considering the 6-foot-7 frame he possesses, along with his career 35.8 percent from downtown. Not only that, the Rockets also landed one of the best defenders, dating back to the 2015-16 season.
This was an exciting acquisition, considering the fact that the Rockets rank 23rd in points allowed, and are allowing the opposition to shoot 45.9 percent from the field, which ranks 17th in the league. On top of that, they’re shooting 34.8 percent from long-range, which ranks 22nd in the league. These are all things RoCo can help correct, which the Rockets will need to happen if they expect to contend for a title this season.
What’s gotten lost in this 12-person trade is the fact that the Rockets also landed Jordan Bell, who has averaged 12.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per 36 minutes this season. With so much of the focus being heavily on Covington, let’s take a look at three things Bell brings to the Rockets.