Rockets recall rookie Usman Garuba from G League affiliate – Rockets Wire

The Houston Rockets on Tuesday formally recalled rookie ahead Usman Garuba from their NBA G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Vipers. After lacking time in current weeks with a proper thigh contusion, the 19-year-old returned to RGV’s lineup in a house sport on Monday and had 13 factors (60.0% FG) and eight rebounds in 28 minutes.
The timing of Garuba’s recall is fascinating, since RGV additionally performs at dwelling on Wednesday earlier than a break of greater than two weeks. Assuming the Spanish ahead is wholesome, it will appear that if the transfer was purely for the good thing about observe time on the NBA stage throughout a interval during which RGV isn’t enjoying, the prudent choice can be to let him play yet another G League sport earlier than bringing him again to the Rockets.
As an alternative, bringing Garuba again to the NBA staff two days sooner than anticipated might point out that Houston desires to have the 6-foot-8 ahead out there as a bench possibility throughout a tough back-to-back on Wednesday (at Cleveland) and Thursday (dwelling versus New York).
The following official replace from the staff will come when head coach Stephen Silas meets with the media on Wednesday from Cleveland.
Garuba was drafted at No. 23 general within the 2021 first spherical. Whereas he has performed solely sparingly with the Rockets to this point, he has averaged 9.3 factors (71.4% FG, 55.6% on 3-pointers), 9.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 24.1 minutes per sport with the Vipers. Garuba is usually thought-about to be a powerful defensive prospect, although as with many younger worldwide gamers, he’s nonetheless adjusting to the pace of the NBA sport whereas including extra power and bulk to his lengthy and wiry body.
@Usmangaruba with the transition dunk!
— RGV Vipers (@RGVVipers) December 14, 2021

The #Rockets have recalled ahead Usman Garuba from their NBA G League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley.
— Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) December 14, 2021

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