It's no secret that Houston Rockets center Alperen Sengun possesses great playmaking chops, as Sengun is one of the better passing big men in the league. Sengun has drawn frequent comparisons to Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic for this very reason.
As if being compared to a two-time MVP wasn't good enough, Sengun has drawn comparisons to NBA legend Magic Johnson, despite playing an entirely different position than Magic.
Just ask LA Clippers star Paul George.
"I'd say the greatest part of his game is....his playmaking. At that size, at that position...his playmaking. I mean I've seen some flashiness where he [pretends to throw a behind-the-back pass]...on some Magic Johnson type of sh-t.
He can really hoop. He's got a good touch, a good feel. He's got playmaking, great vision. He's gonna be the baby Joker.
I think he has the full, complete package at the center position."
Fans have been clamoring for the Rockets to run the offense through Sengun, in what's been termed Senhub, and they've largely gotten their wish this season, as Sengun has averaged a career-best 6 assists this season.
Houston Rockets center Alperen Sengun ties franchise record
During Monday night's victory over the Sacramento Kings, Sengun was dropping dimes left and right, to the tune of 12 assists. Without playing a single second in the fourth quarter, as the Rockets cruised to a 95-60 lead after the third and didn't need him for the rest of the way.
As if this wasn't impressive enough, Sengun tied a franchise record set by the legendary Hakeem Olajuwon, as his 12 assists tied for the most assists by a center in franchise history.
Olajuwon dished 12 assists in the Rockets' victory over the Golden State Warriors on December 1st, 1994 and was 31-years-old at the time and in his 10th season. By comparison, Sengun is just 21-years-old and in his third season.
Sengun added 17 points on 7-of-13 and eight rebounds.
Although Sengun is far from Olajuwon's level of greatness, it's safe to say that he has a bright future. No other Rockets big man has been able to tie Olajuwon's record.