3 reasons why the Rockets' early Summer League success shouldn't be ignored

Anthony Duckett
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1. The Houston Rockets are playing without a true point guard

Anyone who has watched the Rockets' first two showings in Las Vegas has likely noticed one key thing: the Rockets' lack of a true point guard. In fact, the Rockets have decided to run a three-guard lineup of Green, Christopher, and Thomas thus far.

And while Christopher has shown that he has serious talent,  he's not exactly a facilitator. Ditto for Thomas, who averaged 5 assists last season, which was a career-best (although 5 games is a very small sample size).

In many respects, this hasn't been entirely bad, as it's allowed Green to get comfortable with setting up other players for scoring opportunities. This will be an important skillset for Green to master, as he's certainly going to see double teams and traps, which he's already started to see in the Summer League.

Green has averaged the same number of turnovers as assists (2.5), which also shouldn't come as a surprise. The Rockets have actually been led in assists by Christopher, who has averaged 5.5 assists, 2 more than second-place finisher Thomas.

To not have a floor general to run the offense and control the tempo, yet to still set a 2021 G-League record in scoring on Tuesday night with 111 points, is impressive. In fact, the Rockets currently rank first in offensive efficiency (114.5 points) and 8th in pace, while also leading the league in scoring (97.5 points per game).

Just imagine how much more they'd accomplish if they had a true point guard at the helm in Vegas.