D-League Rio Grande Valley point guard Isaiah Taylor went undrafted out of The University of Texas at Austin after forgoing his senior season. But Taylor has found a home with the Vipers after failing to make the Houston Rockets roster before the 2016-17 season.
The Rockets have committed to Taylor three more non-guaranteed contract years to Taylor Monday — reports ESPN’s Calvin Watkins. Taylor will remain with Rio Grande Valley for now.
Taylor, 22, has averaged 21.1 points, 41.3 3pt %, 6.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 33.3 minutes per game in 12 games with the Vipers.
He was one of the last cuts by the Rockets before the season after averaging 5.0 points and 4.0 assists in 20.5 minutes per game (five games, three starts) during the Summer League.
Taylor has shown NBA-level play during his time with the Longhorns and Vipers. But the question is can Taylor meet the value from behind the arc to on the Rockets roster.
If his first season in the D-League is any sign, it appears Taylor has improved his shooting - at least enough to warrant more of a commitment from the Rockets.