Offense Is On
The Vipers have won three of their four games in March so far. Isaiah Taylor, fresh off signing a three-year deal with the Rockets, is coming into form after returning from injury.
Rio Grande Valley’s attack has been potent, scoring more than 120 points in each of their wins, and 116 in their lone loss to the Canton Charge.
Welcome To The Valley
Since the All-Star break, RGV has added two players to the roster. Jaron Johnson, who spent a couple seasons with the Vipers previously, and Troy Williams, who signed a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets.
Williams and Johnson both provide dangerous offensive threats, that can attack above the rim, and create their own shot.
According to reports, PJ Hairston will be suspended for five games after violating the league’s anti-drug program. The former Charlotte Hornet had a bit of a checkered past entering the professional ranks in 2014, including a dismissed misdemeanor marijuana charge.
The Three Most Venomous Vipers:
Chris Walker: The big man from Florida has largely been a bench, role player this season. He stepped up this month, scoring 22 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the win over Delaware. He added a 12-point, 8-rebound effort against Greensboro.
Gary Payton II: Glove 2.0 had 23-point outburst, on 10/12 shooting, against Delaware to go along with 5 steals and 2 blocks
Darius Morris: The D-League’s February Player of the Month has continued to perform well in March. He had 17 points, 7 assists, and 4 steals against Canton. The NBA veteran had 22 points and 8 assists against Delaware.
Rental Rockets Report:
Chinanu Onuaku: He averaged 15.8 points and 11.5 rebounds over the last four games in the Valley. His big game was last weekend, when he finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds in the loss to Canton Charge.
Kyle Wiltjer: In the two games he’s played this month with the Vipers, he scored 19 and 15 points, respectively.
Must See Matchups
3/16 & 3/24 vs. OKC Blue
Oklahoma City’s D-League affiliate sits atop the Southwest division at 30-14. They are led by former Kentucky Wildcat, and No. 8 D-League Call Up prospect Dakari Johnson, averaging 18 PPG.
3/17 & 3/19 vs. Northern Arizona
Elijah Milsap leads the Suns D-League affiliate. He narrowly missed a triple double last week.