9 point guards the Rockets can still pursue in free agency

Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Washington Wizards (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Shabazz Napier #5 of the Washington Wizards (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images) /

2. Shabazz Napier

Since entering the NBA in 2014, Shabazz Napier has been a bit of a journeyman, to put it politely. Napier has played for six teams in six seasons, and has been a part of both postseason runs and lottery teams.

Napier has flashed the ability to facilitate offense for others, as he averaged 5.2 assists during his 2019-20 run with the Minnesota Timberwolves, which spanned for 36 games. Napier is also an instant sparkplug off the bench, as he has a career average of 7.1 points per game, albeit on just 17.4 minutes.

Napier is also reliable from long-range, as he made at least 36 percent of his 3-point attempts in three of his first four seasons in the league, which is a value add for a Rockets team that has consistently led the league in 3-point attempts. Napier was dealt to the Washington Wizards at the trade deadline, in the deal that sent Robert Covington to the Houston Rockets, and Napier thrived in D.C.

Through 20 games with the Wizards, Napier averaged 11.6 points on 35.8 percent from deep, and 3.8 assists, while posting a true shooting percentage of 57.6 percent, which was a career-best. Napier has also proven to be able to play the passing lanes, which has oftentimes led to him grabbing steals.

A good example of the latter point is how he averaged 1.5 assists per game during his stint with the Wizards. Napier is an unrestricted free agent and hasn’t garnered much interest around the league, which could be a good thing for the Rockets, who are essentially seeking to add veterans on the minimum.

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