Free Agent Signings
Aside from the big trades, the Rockets also made several key signings, including Ben McLemore and Jeff Green, which were both signed on marginal contracts. This has made these moves even more impressive, as both players have posted career bests from 3-point range.
McLemore has already made 154 triples, which is a career-high for him, and he also ranks 23rd in the league in made 3-pointers. Not only that, he’s also shooting 39.5 percent from downtown, which is the highest percentage among Rockets players who have appeared in more than ten games.
Green is the other player who is shooting better than McLemore from long-range, as he’s shooting 41.2 percent from deep. This is also a career-high for Green, and is the highest on the Rockets entirely. Green has averaged 10.4 points per game, and has been a welcome addition for a Rockets team in need of size and bench contributions.
In fact, Green has played so well that he’s forced the Rockets to consider putting him in the starting lineup. The Rockets have also signed DeMarre Carroll off the buyout market, and he’s averaged 15 points per 36 minutes, while making 48 percent of his shots.
The latter is the second-best of Carroll’s career, for a season in which he’s played more than four games for a team. Ultimately, Carroll hasn’t played well enough for Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni‘s liking, as he’s not given him considerable playing time.