The Houston Rockets selected Josh Christopher 24th overall in last year's draft, and so far, he has yet to impact the NBA roster. Now with second overall pick Jalen Green suffering a hamstring injury and no timetable for his return, this could be Christopher’s shot at NBA minutes.
Christopher has only managed 12 appearances for the Rockets this season, averaging 7.2 minutes and 2.8 points per game. This led to the rookie's move to the Rockets G-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
In just three appearances in the G-League, Christopher has looked impressive, averaging 22 points, 5.7 assists, and 6.3 rebounds in 32.9 minutes. If he keeps performing like this, he should rejoin the Rockets shortly and maybe have more of a role with Green out.
These are three reasons why Josh Christopher should get that shot sooner than later.
1. Josh Christopher is a quality scorer
Josh Christopher has already put up big numbers in the G-League, made highlight plays, and shown that he can score in a tear just below the NBA level. On top of that, in the Summer League as a rookie, Christopher was a standout performer.
In his first almost NBA action in the Summer League, Christopher scored 16.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in 27.2 minutes per game. However, in the Summer League, he did not shoot efficiently from the field. He shot just 29% from the field on 15.6 attempts and even worse from three, shooting 18% on 6.6 three-point attempts per game.
There has been some improvement in his shooting in the G-League. He has shot 46% from the field and 30% from three. The good news is that Christopher has good shooting fundamentals, shooting 78% from the free-throw line in the Summer League and 90% in the G-League.
With Green and his 14 points per game out, the Rockets will need to find that point production from someplace, and why not from Christopher?