3 players the Rockets must target with the final roster spot

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3. Stanley Johnson

Stanley Johnson could provide depth as a defensive-minded wing on the Rockets. Although he's largely been a bust, considering his draft position in the 2015 NBA Draft, he was serviceable for the San Antonio Spurs prior to his release.

And at 27-years-old, he still possesses good athleticism. And at 6-foot-6, he provides good length and versatility. 

To the latter point, Johnson can be relied upon as a small-ball five, as he often landed minutes at the center position while playing for Lakers.

In 30 games with the Spurs, Johnson averaged 5.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 53.3 percent shooting from the field and 45 percent shooting from behind the arc. Prior to his stint in San Antonio, Johnson was a good role player for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2021-22, averaging 6.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 46.6 percent shooting, 31.4 percent from deep, and 57.5 percent on two-pointers in just 22.8 minutes per game. 

Johnson still provides a burst of energy and is all hustle, which doesn't show up on the stat sheet.