Well, it’s another season starting for the Houston Rockets, so that means we have another batch of player previews for everyone. It’s going to be a fun group to write, as it’s the first offseason previews without James Harden since I’ve been at TDS (6.5 years now), so we have some fresh ground to cover. This is an all-new group, with only Eric Gordon and Danuel House still left over from the previous era. So let’s get it started.
The Rockets have an affinity for Lamb. I’ve personally never been all that impressed with Lamb, and thought he’s looked lost at times offensively. But the team likes his defense and his effort, so they brought the 23-year-old back on a two-way deal. The 6’6” swingman finished last season with averages of 5.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1 assist on 39 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from three, and that two-way deal means he’s likely to spend at least a little time this season with the varsity. The Rockets have a deeper roster this year than last, however, so Rio Grande Valley mostly awaits for Lamb.
Bey is also in town on a two-way, which means he has the opportunity to split time between the Rockets and the G-League, but the Vipers are where I’d keep my eye if I wanted to see Bey. The 6’7”, 23-year-old forward played in 18 games with the Dallas Mavericks last season, but he averaged just 3.6 minutes per contest, so he doesn’t have much in the way of stats to report. He was good in the G-League for Dallas, however, averaging 16 points and 9.7 boards on 49.7 percent shooting with 32.5 percent from deep. He’ll be headed back there to develop.
Nix was signed in the offseason to an Exhibit 10 deal, and the 19-year-old, 6’5” point guard is not likely to make it out of camp, but should be headed to the G-League as well. He spent last year with Ignite, playing with current Rockets top draft pick Jalen Green. He averaged 8.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists with Ignite, but shot poorly, only putting up 38.4 percent from the field and a cringe-worthy 17.6 percent from three. He does have some potential as an athletic, pass-first point guard who can defend, but this isn’t the year. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of chemistry he has with Green in the preseason.