Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

Patrick Beverley worked hard this offseason to improve his offensive game.

"I’m going to let the game come to me, but I worked extremely hard on my offensive game this summer. I’m very confident. I’m more confident in pick-and-roll. I’m stronger with my shot. My shot feels good." Beverley is set to become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, and he is aware of the importance of his performance this year. He shot 45 percent from 3-point range through seven preseason games, which is an encouraging sign, but the offense in Houston still runs through James Harden. Beverley isn't going to rack of the assists, but he's good for some steals, some 3-pointers, and solid percentages. With the departure of Jeremy Lin, Beverley is going to get all the minutes he can handle, and in a contract year, we like Beverley as a late-round sleeper pick.
Oct 24 - 10:02 AM

Rockets waive F Josh Powell.

This move comes as no surprise as the Rockets try to trim down their roster before the start of the regular season. Powell may catch on with the Rockets' D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Vipers, but it should go without saying that he shouldn't be on any fantasy owners' draft boards.
Oct 23 - 12:42 PM

Rockets waive F Akil Mitchell.

This move is very much procedural as Mitchell will now report to the Rockets' D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Vipers. Mitchell may get a chance to join the Rockets later in the season, but fantasy owners don't need to commit his name to memory.
Oct 23 - 12:26 PM

Isaiah Canaan led a huge comeback during a 90-89 win over the Magic on Friday with 14 points, two assists and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes.

He's likely going to be the third point guard behind Ish Smith, so fantasy owners can leave Canaan on the waiver wire.
Oct 22 - 9:43 PM

Troy Daniels attempted 13 shots from beyond the arc on Wednesday, making four of them for 14 points with five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 34 minutes.

He had one of the best scoring seasons in the D-League from deep and he might be in the mix for minutes to start the year. Unless you're really desperate for treys, Daniels is not worth owning in most leagues.
Oct 22 - 9:38 PM

Kostas Papanikkolaou made just 1-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

It's the most minutes he's played with Trevor Ariza resting, but he's had a horrible preseason. In his last five, Papanikolaou made just 32.6 percent from the field and made just 15.0 percent from beyond the arc. He's probably not going to be in the rotation.
Oct 22 - 9:35 PM

Donatas Motiejunas missed all 11 shots from the field on Wednesday with four rebounds, one assist and three fouls in 23 minutes.

Yikes. With Dwight Howard resting tonight, this was a big chance for D-Mo and he completely blew it. Motiejunas lost even more ground to Terrence Jones (neck) for minutes at the four, so he's not really worth drafting in most leagues.
Oct 22 - 9:29 PM

Terrence Jones went to the locker room on Wednesday due to an apparent neck issue and did not return.

It doesn't sound serious, but we'll keep an eye on it. Jones went off before leaving the game, scoring nine points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, four blocks and one 3-pointer. He'll be a key part of the frontcourt rotation and last year's post-break run makes him a terrific target in the middle rounds.
Oct 22 - 9:24 PM

Trevor Ariza will not play against the Magic on Wednesday.

He's just getting a night off and has played fairly well in the preseason. Ariza has an effective field goal percentage of at least 50 percent in five of the six preseason contests. He won't be quite as good as last year, but he's still a nice target in the middle rounds.
Oct 22 - 5:44 PM

Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza will not play on Wednesday night against the Magic.

Dwight won't get to face his old team in the last road game of the preseason and there has been no word of his knee injury being a factor in this decision. He should be ready to go to start the season and will look to bounce back from a mildly disappointing 2013-14.
Oct 22 - 5:41 PM

Jason Terry (yes, he's still in the league) played back up point guard for the Rockets on Tuesday and had three points, one rebound, zero assists and a 3-pointer in 18 minutes.

He hit 1-of-2 shots and doesn't seem to have much left in the tank. But if he's going to play back up point guard, Troy Daniels could sneak into the rotation as a reserve shooting guard for the Rockets.
Oct 21 - 11:14 PM

Patrick Beverley started and hit just 2-of-8 shots for four points, one rebound, three assists and four fouls on Tuesday.

He still seems more interested in frustrating opposing point guards than getting his shots, but he still has a chance to be a solid point guard in fantasy. Especially with Jason Terry backing him up right now.
Oct 21 - 11:11 PM

Terrence Jones hit just 2-of-9 shots for seven points, eight rebounds, two steals and zero blocks in 28 minutes and a start on Tuesday.

He's been highly disappointing this preseason, but at least he started and got the minutes tonight. We still think the starting job is his on opening night, but we have cooled a bit on him. He's struggled thus far and Kevin McHale seems to like Donatas Motiejunas a little too much. But for now, Jones still looks like the starter, and could immediately start playing better once the games count.
Oct 21 - 11:10 PM

James Harden said he's committed to being a better defensive player this season.

With Harden's defense (or lack thereof) a common topic in NBA circles, the 25-year-old is committed to silencing his critics this season. "It's not a matter of whether I can or can't play defense," Harden said. "It's just a matter of me focusing for 48 minutes throughout a game and making sure that I'm always alert on both ends of the floor. It's up to me to go out there and show my leadership, to show that I can play both ends of the floor at a high level and just do it." Harden's defense shouldn't be of much to concern to fantasy owners as his 2013-14 averages of 25.4 points, 4.7 rebounds. 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers make him an easy selection in the middle of the first round.
Source: USA Today
Oct 21 - 12:58 PM

Terrence Jones is putting in extra work after practice with Donatas Motiejunas.

Jones and Motiejunas have assigned themselves a post-practice routine that they hope will take their games to another level this season. "We just put in extra work trying to get better," Jones. "We know the four position is a big role for this team. We're just trying to make sure we're prepared for the end of the season by putting in the extra work. It's something we're going to get used to, being the last ones out." While Jones and Motiejunas are battling for the Rockets starting PF job, both should see enough minutes to warrant a late-round fantasy selection.
Oct 21 - 10:41 AM

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