Houston Rockets rookie favorably compared to Hall of Famer
By Rob Leeds
Everyone who follows the Houston Rockets has already seen what Tari Eason can do on the court. Can he be a Hall of Fame talent like Dennis Rodman?
Tari Eason has probably been one of the most exciting parts of the past few months for the Houston Rockets. Sure, having a top talent like Jabari Smith falling to the third-overall pick is great, but Eason playing as well as he has when looking at his draft position is incredible.
Eason has proven that he was a star from the jump. While players like Smith took some time to acclimate to the game in the Summer League, Eason fit in the game like a glove. There was never any doubt that Eason was going to struggle to get his game to translate to the NBA.
After a great performance during the Summer, Eason has also been able to string together a couple of great preseason perormances, and this has created a very favorable comparisson for Eason from Rockets coach John Lucas:
Yeah, this might be a little bold. Eason should be great as a rookie, but it is way, way too soon to start comparing him to a Hall of Famer like Rodman, but a little bit of context would make Lucas' comment more acceptable.
Eason does get rebounds at will and plays great defense. This much does make sense, even if it is too soon to say that this is Rodman-esque.
On the other end of the court, Eason should be able to be a much better offensive player, and that is likely where Lucas was directing the "but better" part of his comment.
While it might be a bit too soon to actually say anything like this about a guy that hasn't played any regular season minutes, it is fair to acknowledge that Tari Eason is a star in the making, and maybe he could be a star like Rodman down the road.
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