10 big men Rockets GM Rafael Stone should pursue
Houston Rockets target #5: Jordan Bell
Jordan Bell is the only player on this list with championship experience, as he was a member of the 2017-18 Golden State Warriors team. Bell started in 13 games for the Dubs as a rookie that season, which shows that he’s mentally wired and prepared to be a difference-maker, when needed.
Bell posted averages of 11.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 blocks, and 1.6 steals per 36 minutes, while also making 64.1 percent true shooting, the latter of which ranked second on the Dubs, behind only Stephen Curry. Bell posted six blocks in the Warriors’ November 24th match against the Bulls, which was a game-high and still represents a career-high.
Bell became a steady contributor in his second season with the Dubs, as he had averages of 10.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.3 blocks per 36 in 2018-19. Bell bounced around in 2019-20, as he played on both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 13.1 points and 11.4 rebounds per 36, while also making 33.3 percent of his threes, which isn’t bad for a center.
At just 26-years-of-age, Bell presents a young, developmental option for the Rockets, who has an all-around game that makes one wonder why the 6-foot-8 center isn’t on an NBA roster. The Rockets could sign Bell and he could immediately boost his value, and especially alongside a pure point guard like John Wall.
The Houston Rockets actually acquired Bell in the 2019-20 trade that sent Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks and sent Robert Covington to the Rockets, although they dealt Bell to the Memphis Grizzlies for Bruno Caboclo shortly thereafter.
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