The Future Is Now
LAS VEGAS - The Rockets’ whirlwind week at the Las Vegas Summer League came to a close Wednesday afternoon with the club putting the wraps on yet another successful stint in Sin City thanks to a 96-88 win over the Chicago Bulls.
Houston’s 2012 draft class did not disappoint at all, as Jeremy Lamb (20.2 ppg), Terrence Jones (18.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg) and Royce White (10.7 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 5.2 apg last three games) each took turns showing off their considerable skill sets throughout the week. The same also be said of 2011 draftee Donatas Motiejunas (16.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg), as the Lithuanian wasted little time announcing himself to the NBA, exploding for a monster performance in his debut while looking every bit the prospect the Rockets thought him to be.
Watching every minute of the action was Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, who took in Wednesday’s summer league finale from a courtside seat in order to get his first up close and personal look at Houston’s top prospects. Not surprisingly, Alexander loved what he saw.
“I feel like they have great potential,” he said. “All four of them look terrific. Donatas is a much better shooter than I anticipated. He really hustles, too. Jeremy has fabulous potential. Royce White is obviously a great passer and a bulldog and going to be a very good player. And Terrence Jones has obviously exceeded everybody’s expectations here.”
Of course, the big news of the day that still had everyone in Vegas buzzing was the news that Jeremy Lin would be rejoining the Rockets after his signing became official the night before. Alexander reiterated how pleased he was to bring Lin back to Houston and how excited he is to watch this new-look Rockets team come together, believing the club is well-positioned to win now while still maintaining the flexibility necessary to enjoy sustained long-term, success.
“We have a lot of great young players, we have cap room, we have multiple draft choices next year,” he said. “I think we’re set up very well.
“I know we’re building for the future. These are great young players and I think some of these guys are going to be All-Stars.”