With the NBA regular season less than a month away, the Houston Rockets have been making many moves to finalize their roster, and the latest is the re-signing of forward Bruno Caboclo, who came back to the team for a second stint last season after being traded from the Memphis Grizzlies for Jordan Bell. Caboclo is on a reported two-year vet minimum deal.
The 25-year-old big man played in just eight games last year, as he’s full of potential, but has yet to fully actualize it on the court in the regular season. He carries career averages of 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 40 percent from the field and 31 percent from deep.
In the most extended action of his career during the 2019 season with the Grizz, Caboclo played in 34 games, starting 19, and he put up averages of 8.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1 block per game while shooting 42 percent from the field and 37 percent from deep (on 3.8 attempts per). He averaged 23.5 minutes per game during that time frame, so he can contribute if given the opportunity.
The 6’9” Brazilian is notable for his massive wingspan (7’8”), which gives him the physical tools to thrive defensively in the modern NBA, and he’d be a perfect fit as a small-ball center off the bench for the Rockets, especially if he can continue to fine tune his three-point shot.
For now, he’ll likely be playing behind Christian Wood and Demarcus Cousins at center, and he’ll have new competition in Kenyon Martin Jr. for minutes at backup power forward, but it’s good to have more than one young, developing big in the coffers.
Welcome back, Bruno!