Houston Rockets v Memphis Grizzlies & Milwaukee Bucks: 2 Studs and 1 Dud

N.B. Lindberg
Milwaukee Bucks v Houston Rockets
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Orlando Magic v Houston Rockets, Alperen Sengun
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Houston Rockets Stud 1: Alperen Sengun

Alperen Sengun didn’t post as gaudy per game numbers as Christian Wood, but he also played five and half fewer minutes a game. In 19.3 minutes a game, Sengun averaged 15 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3 assists a game. 

Sengun’s game against the Grizzlies was especially impressive. He dropped 15 points, grabbed six boards, dished six assists, swatted three blocks, and swiped one steal. He even decided he was the team's point guard.

Sengun didn’t get to these totals on empty volume either. Over the two games, he shot 68.8-percent from the field and got to the free throw line 5.5 times per game. Sengun’s ability to draw fouls is already an elite NBA skill and he essentially ended DeMarcus Cousins’ night in a four-minute span. If Boogie ends up on the injury report with an ankle injury he'll have Sengun to thank.

On a per-minute basis, Sengun has a compelling case as the best Rocket. Unfortunately, he hasn’t gotten the minutes to prove the theory, and it’s not just Stephen Silas’ fault. 

Over the past two games, Sengun averaged four personal fouls per 19.3 minutes. He needs to reign in his fouling so he can stay on the court, and get his first 20 point game in the NBA.