6 players the Rockets should target from the Chinese league

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4. Brandon Bass

Brandon Bass has had an extensive NBA career, as the 34-year-old spent twelve years in the league, and played for six different teams. At 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, Bass has the perfect size to play center in the Houston Rockets’ small-ball lineup.

Bass is also the type of veteran Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has shown favorability towards. Although Bass hasn’t played in the league since the 2016-17 season, he averaged 18.2 points and eight rebounds per 36 minutes during that season with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Bass also had a career year during that season, as he had a player efficiency rating of 19.7, which was fourth-best on the Clips and a career-high. He also had a true shooting percentage of 65 percent that season, which was second to only DeAndre Jordan, and was also a career-best.

Bass is a hustle player who can grab rebounds and catch lobs, which the Houston Rockets desperately need. Bass also has been a part of eight playoff teams and has continuously shown the ability to carve out a role on contending teams, like the Houston Rockets. Bass also shot 33.3 percent from deep during his last sighting in the NBA, although that was a fairly small sample size.

Bass is currently playing in the Chinese Basketball Association as a member of the Liaoning Flying Leopards and is averaging 21.4 points per game on 59.8 percent from the field. In addition, Bass has also grabbed 8.3 rebounds per game, which shows he still has the ability to thrive as a reserve big man.

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