Rockets Welcome John Lucas, III Back

Rockets Ink John Lucas, III to 10-day Contract
Official Press Release

HOUSTON, Jan. 8The Houston Rockets have re-signed guard John Lucas, III to a 10-day contract, General Manager Carroll Dawson announced today.

Lucas (5-11, Oklahoma State) originally signed with Houston on Dec. 29 after the Rockets received a special exception from the NBA due to injuries, averaging 1.0 points and 1.5 assists in two games. Lucas played in his first NBA game vs. Golden State (12/31), recording two rebounds and one assist in the final 1:25 of the game. He picked up his first two NBA points at Washington (1/3), adding two assists and his first steal. Lucas was waived by the Rockets on Jan. 4.

Son of former Rockets player, John Lucas, Jr., and a standout at Bellaire High School, Lucas also started 14 games this season with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBDL, leading the team in scoring with 15.1 points per game while averaging 3.0 assists. Prior to his stint in the NBDL, Lucas averaged 4.0 points and 1.3 assists in four preseason games with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He also played for the Timberwolves in the 2005 Minnesota Summer League in July, averaging 9.2 points and 3.0 assists in five games.

As a collegian, Lucas finished his career at Oklahoma State after playing the first two seasons at Baylor. His career total of 1,877 points (766 at Baylor; 1,111at OSU) is ranked fourth in Big 12 history. Lucas is also third in 3-point field goals made (281) and fifth in total assists (535) in Big 12 annals. As a three-year starter at Bellaire, Lucas scored more than 3,300 points in his high school career. He also averaged 18.3 points while leading Bellaire to the District 17-5A Championship as a junior.

His father, John, was an All-American for the Maryland Terrapins and was the first pick of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. He spent 14 years playing in the NBA for Houston, Golden State, Washington, San Antonio, Milwaukee and Seattle. He later coached in the NBA, serving as head coach for San Antonio (1992-94), Philadelphia (1994-96) and Cleveland (2001-03).