Houston Rockets recall TyTy Washington Jr. from Rio Grande Vipers

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The Houston Rockets have recalled TyTy Washington Jr. from the Rio Grande Vipers, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Washington was expected to start the season with the Rockets, but a sprained left knee convinced the organization to ease him back into action in the G-League.

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TyTy Washington Jr. made quick work of the G-League

In 10 G-League games, Washington averaged 20.2 points on 47.9% shooting, 4.7 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. His advanced splits were similarly sterling, posting a 118.4 offensive rating and 63.6% true shooting.

While Washington's stats in the G-League are promising, the jump to the NBA is a massive step up. Washington will likely compete with Daishen Nix, himself a graduate of the Rio Grande Vipers, for the backup point guard role.

Nix has struggled this season with his shooting efficiency and turnovers. Washington's statistics in the G-League were significantly better than Nix's were last season, which bodes well for him being an upgrade. It has yet to be reported what Washington's initial role with the Rockets will be.

Washington was the 29th pick in the 2022 NBA draft and arrived in Houston via a series of trades. The Rockets acquired the 26th pick from the Dallas Mavericks via the Christian Wood trade and then sent the 26th pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for the 29th pick and two second-round picks on draft day. Washington was viewed by some as being a lottery-level talent and was widely considered a good value pick at 29th.

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