This comes on the heels of Kevin McHale dumping both Jordan Hill and Samuel Dalembert to the bench with Jeff Adrien playing big minutes. Of course, Adrien is undersized and more of a banger than a possible big piece.
So is Smith, though. He is big and young (bigger than Adrien), but he's still pretty raw. He was shooting 68 percent from the field and averaging over 18 ppg in the D-League. He could step into the center rotation, backing up Dalembert, but how much can Houston expect to get out of him?â†µ
More than likely, this move was made because Darryl Morey was worried about losing the former Fresno State standout to another team. The Rockets will have to waive a player to make room on the roster. The only player without a fully guaranteed contract is Adrien, which means he's likely gone.â†µ
The Rockets have been searching for centers for a million years, it seems and haven't found much yet. I guess Smith could be a good fit if he comes in and gives Houston what they've missed this season without Chuck Hayes.â†µ