Danuel House – Whoever Coached His 3-Point Shooting Last Year
While Danuel House has improved across the board when it comes to points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks per game, his dropoff in 3-point shooting has been costing him some playing time.
Last season, House led the Houston Rockets in 3-point percentage with a 41.6 percent success rate. This season, he’s down to 36.3 percent. Given that outside shots are the bread and butter of the Rockets, Danuel will need to find last year’s form if he wants to have a big impact on the remaining season.
Robert Covington – His New Auto-block Feature
Much as newer phones are starting to make it easier to block unwanted callers and texters, The Robert Covington experiment 2.0 seems to have upgraded as well. Prior to his second stint with the Rockets, the most blocks per game Covington had ever averaged for a team was 1.3.
Since joining the Houston Rockets, Covington is averaging a staggering 2.5 blocks per game, including four separate games of recording four blocks. His anticipation in the lane has been ridiculously good, and his help defense has made it possible for the Rockets to go micro as they look to run teams out of the gym.
It’s unlikely that Robert will keep up the unusually high pace he’s on in blocking shots, but the fact that he’s done this over 14 games bodes well for the future.
P.J. Tucker – Stilts
P.J. Tucker is one of the toughest, hardest-working guys in the NBA. That fact is fortunate for the Houston Rockets, who have given Tucker one of the toughest assignments in the league night in and night out.
On top of playing 34.4 minutes per game, Tucker is now responsible for going toe-to-toe with some of the best big men in the game at the center position, including guys like the 6-10 Anthony Davis and 7-footer Nikola Jokic.
At 6-foot-5, P.J. Tucker could use some help keeping these guys off the glass and outside of the paint, which is where stilts could come int play, as someone on social media shared with Tucker earlier this season.
In reality, it’s gonna take a total effort on the boards from all five men on the court to make up for Houston’s bold choice to remain 6-7 and under at all times.
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