Player News - Rockets

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Trevor Ariza had 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, three assists and four steals to help the Rockets defeat the visiting Warriors on Sunday.

Ariza is coming off a career-best season in which he averaged 14.4 points, 2.3 triples, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He was playing in a contract year while absorbing easy 3-point attempts courtesy of John Wall, however, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to repeat those stellar numbers. As the unquestioned starting SF in an up-tempo offense he's still worth a pick in the middle rounds.
Oct 19 - 11:00 PM

Jason Terry (hamstring) logged 15 minutes for Houston in his first preseason game on Sunday, scoring six points with two steals.

He didn't have any 3-pointers or assists and his limited playing time is understandable since he hadn't played a game since last February. It's encouraging that his surgically-repaired knee hasn't been an issue during the preseason, but the 37-year-old Terry's fantasy niche is as a 3-point shooter in deep leagues.
Oct 19 - 10:56 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) shook off a slow start to finish Sunday's exhibition with 11 points, eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks in just 17 minutes vs. the Warriors.

This was Dwight's first exhibition action since Oct. 7 but he showed minimal rust, and should be ready to go for the Rockets' season opener. Owners willing to accept his awful FT shooting should benefit from stats right around his 2013-14 averages -- 18.3 points on 59.1 percent shooting, 12.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.
Oct 19 - 10:56 PM

James Harden finished Sunday's game with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, making 10-of-11 FTs but only 2-of-12 FGs in 27 minutes of action.

He missed a few days with a minor hip injury but looked good vs. the Warriors, and the injury isn't a concern heading into the regular season. Harden vowed to improve his defense this year but fantasy owners will be happy if he keeps up the offensive fireworks -- he's averaged at least 25 points, 2.3 triples and 5.8 assists during his two seasons with Houston, while racking up phenomenal weighted-FT percentages.
Oct 19 - 10:55 PM

Rockets' head coach Kevin McHale hinted that Clint Capela will spend much of the 2014-15 season in the D-League.

"The Vipers have been great for us," McHale said. "We sent guys down [to the D-League]. It helped them. [Donatas Motiejunas] was down here. Terrence [Jones] came down for a while. It really helps their game a lot. I like it. Like this year, will be a huge year for Clint Capela down [in the D-League]." It will take some serious injuries to the Rockets' frontcourt for Capela to gain any sort of fantasy relevance, and he isn't worth drafting in most formats.
Oct 19 - 10:05 AM

Hakeem Olajuwon thinks Dwight Howard is ready to have an MVP-type season.

"I could see last year when I worked with him in camp that there were some things that he could not do. Or they were things that he did not think he could do," said Olajuwon. "The difference now is that he is fit and those doubts are gone... He should have a season that makes everyone vote for him as MVP." Howard can be a great addition to a fantasy squad that is tanking the free throw category, with solid contributions to points, rebounds, blocks, and field goal percentage.
Oct 17 - 3:21 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) is hoping to play Sunday against the Golden State Warriors.

Howard has been dealing with a sore knee for the past week, and has missed multiple preseason games as a result. Injuries have limited Howard from the dominant force he once was, but he still carries a ton of fantasy value. He can score, grab rebounds, and block shots at an above average clip, however potential owners must be willing to sacrifice free three percentage if they draft him.
Oct 16 - 5:32 PM

James Harden (hip) participated in Rockets practice on Thursday.

This is good news for the Rockets as a sore hip has kept their leading scorer out of action for the past few days. Harden never seemed to be in any danger of missing time during the regular season and should be a first-round pick in fantasy drafts.
Oct 16 - 4:59 PM

Troy Daniels played 28 minutes and hit 4-of-11 shots (all 3-pointers) for 12 points, three rebounds and two steals on Tuesday.

Harden was out and Daniels looked good, but he's still nothing more than a role player for the Rockets right now.
Oct 15 - 12:38 AM

Patrick Beverley played 21 minutes but hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, three assists and a steal on Tuesday.

He's got a chip on his shoulder and seems primed to be a better player this season, and also remains unchallenged to start at point guard for the Rockets. He's yet to really go off in the preseason, but is still a guy you'll want to target as a sleeper when you need a point guard late.
Oct 15 - 12:37 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou started for the Rockets on Tuesday and had 13 points, two rebounds and two steals on 5-of-8 shooting.

He looked good at times but it's still hard to see him getting more than a small role off the bench for the Rockets.
Oct 15 - 12:35 AM

Terrence Jones struggled again on Tuesday, going for five points, two rebounds and a steal on 2-of-6 shooting in 18 minutes.

He also suffered a right elbow injury after a collision with Ish Smith, but played through it with a wrap on his elbow. He's been highly disappointing thus far, but did have 18 points on Monday. He's still not a lock to win the starting PF job in Houston, but we are still leaning that way. Donatas Motiejunas appears to be his main competition for the job and had nine points, one rebound and a 3-pointer on 2-of-8 shooting. Stay tuned.
Oct 15 - 12:34 AM

Terrence Jones scored 18 points in the Rockets' 95-92 preseason win over the Suns on Monday, hitting 8-of-15 shots with seven rebounds, three steals and one block in 28 minutes.

Granted, James Harden and Dwight Howard took the night off, but this is one of the reasons we love Jones as a middle round target. Yes, there's been talk about an open competition at power forward between he and Donatas Motiejunas (nine points, five boards, one steal, 20 minutes), but as long as Jones doesn't faceplant he has late-early round upside in a starting role.
Oct 14 - 1:14 AM

Isaiah Canaan scored 16 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 5-of-12 shots with three rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes.

Canaan and Ish Smith are vying for the No. 2 point guard slot and Canaan had the better night tonight as Smith had just three points and two assists in a bad night. Both are waiver wire fodder in all formats.
Oct 14 - 1:06 AM

Troy Daniels scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes off the bench on Monday.

Daniels is getting a reputation for being one of the better shooters in the league but he'll have an uphill battle for minutes playing behind James Harden, among others. Just keep an eye on him if injuries strike in Houston.
Oct 14 - 1:03 AM

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