In a move that shouldn't surprise anyone, Josh Christopher has been assigned to the Houston Rockets’ G-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
The Rockets have assigned guard Josh Christopher to their NBA G League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley.— RGV Vipers (@RGVVipers) December 9, 2022
Year two hasn't gone as planned for the 21-year-old guard, but hopefully this stint with the Vipers will give him some important playing time and a chance to eventually get back into the Rockets’ rotation.
With limited minutes available behind Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr., Christopher has been unable to supplant Daishen Nix and Garrison Matthews in the backcourt.
Jaygup’s minutes slipped from 18 in his rookie campaign to only seven this season, and with that came multiple DNPs. An expanded role on the Vipers should help him regain some of that confidence that young players rely upon.
If and when Christopher is recalled, it will be interesting to see how long it will take for him to get some run. He may also be aided with a potential midseason trade of rumor mill legend, Eric Gordon.
Another positive to find in this “demotion” for JC is that he's being sent to a competent team. The defending champion RGV Vipers have a long history of development that has aided its NBA counterparts.
It’s important to not give up on Christopher as his story is far from finished. While this may not be how we envisioned it, it’s important to look at the bigger picture. In a draft where the team had four first round picks last year, three of the players have already made great strides. Getting JC up to speed will only make that draft class that more impressive.