Rockets rookie making a case to crack a tough rotation

2022 NBA Summer League - Houston Rockets v San Antonio Spurs
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A lot of people are going to focus on the Rockets selecting Jabari Smith during the 2022 NBA Draft, but TyTy Washington should start to get some love as well.

The Rockets have been able to prove to a lot of people during the Summer League that there is a lot to like in their very young core group of players.

After getting a few games to watch the rookies and other young players over the past week, no one on the planet should question if this team can be competitive down the road if they actually build up these younger guys.

Outside of the obvious names, one player that was able to make a name for himself so far is guard TyTy Washington.

Washington hails from Kentucky where he was known for being a quality scorer and possessing a mountain of natural talent at the point guard position. It feels impossible to bring him up without someone mentioning his 17-assist game against Georgia.

The Rockets gave Washinton minutes at both guard roles during the Summer League showings, and the results have not dissappointed.

Is Kevin Porter Jr. in danger of losing his job? Absolutely not, but Washington does look like a guy that could get some brief minutes in one of the guard roles, and that is saying something in this lineup.

Coming in and getting any minutes at these positions as a rookie would be a testiment to what Wahsington brings to the table. The Rockets like their four guys who should play the majority of those two roles for most of the season, but Washington looks like he is going to prove himself as a no-brainer for the fifth spot and any remaining time on the court.

It's going to be hard to expect anything crazy with so few minutes projected for during the regular season, but the Rockets look like they have found another quality guard in the first round of the draft.

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