Wednesday, August 10 2022

With a marketing slogan of “Light the Fuse,” the Rockets are embracing what most around the NBA view as a rebuilding season. Headlined by four first-round picks from the 2021 NBA draft, Houston’s roster features a significant amount of young talent that needs playing time to develop, starting with Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., and Alperen Sengun.

Given that youth, the expectations around the league for wins in 2021-22 are minimal for the Rockets. Yet, given those types of prospects, there are still obvious reasons to follow the team in the new season as Houston looks to work its way back into contention in the years ahead.

While playing prospects is a clear priority, the Rockets do still appreciate veterans who can guide those players and assist in their development, both on and off the court. Veteran guard John Wall isn’t expected to play, but he will be around the team on a daily basis. Excluding Wall, accomplished veterans such as Eric Gordon, Daniel Theis, Christian Wood, Danuel House Jr., and DJ Augustin will be part of the immediate rotation for head coach Stephen Silas, who enters his second year at the helm.

Houston’s regular season begins on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Minnesota. Entering that game, here’s a look at the roster that second-year general manager Rafael Stone has put together for the Rockets. All height and weight information is according to the team’s published data, and ages reflect the status of each player entering the 2021-22 regular season.

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Kevin Porter Jr.

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Prior to NBA, home country: University of Southern California (USC)

Position, size: Guard, 6-foot-4, 203 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 21 years old, 2 seasons

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: 12.2 points (43.4% FG, 32.3% on 3-pointers), 3.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game

Jalen Green

AP Photo/Michael Wyke

Prior to NBA, home country: G League Ignite, USA

Position, size: Guard, 6-foot-6, 178 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 19 years old, Rookie

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: none

Jae’Sean Tate

Photo by Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to NBA, home country: Sydney Kings (Australia); The Ohio State University, USA

Position, size: Forward, 6-foot-4, 230 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 26 years old, 1 season

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: 11.3 points (50.6% FG, 30.8% on 3-pointers), 5.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists in 29.2 minutes per game

Christian Wood

Troy Taormina/Pool Photo via AP

Prior to NBA, home country: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), USA

Position, size: Forward/center, 6-foot-10, 223 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 26 years old, 5 seasons

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: 12.6 points (53.1% FG, 37.1% on 3-pointers), 6.1 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game

Daniel Theis

Photo by Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to NBA, home country: Brose Bamberg (Germany), Germany

Position, wize: Forward/center, 6-foot-8, 245 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 29 years old, 4 seasons

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: 7.5 points (55.0% FG, 33.5% on 3-pointers), 4.9 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game

Eric Gordon

Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to NBA, home country: University of Indiana, USA

Position, size: Guard, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 32 years old, 13 seasons

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: 16.6 points (42.5% FG, 36.8% on 3-pointers), 2.8 assists, 2.5 rebounds in 32.6 minutes per game

Danuel House Jr.

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Prior to NBA, home country: Texas A&M University, USA

Position, size: Forward, 6-foot-6, 215 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 28 years old, 5 seasons

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: 9.2 points (43.1% FG, 36.4% on 3-pointers), 3.8 rebounds in 26.1 minutes per game

DJ Augustin

Photo by Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to NBA, home country: University of Texas, USA

Position, size: Guard, 6-foot-0, 183 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 33 years old, 13 seasons

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: 9.7 points (41.1% FG, 37.9% on 3-pointers), 4.0 assists in 23.9 minutes per game

KJ Martin

Photo by Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to NBA, home country: IMG Academy, USA

Position, size: Forward, 6-foot-7, 215 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 20 years old, 1 season

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: 9.3 points (50.9% FG, 36.5% on 3-pointers), 5.4 rebounds, 0.9 blocks in 23.7 minutes per game

Alperen Sengun

AP Photo/John Locher

Prior to NBA, home country: Besiktas (Turkey), Turkey

Position, size: Center, 6-foot-9, 235 pounds

Age, NBA Experience: 19 years old, rookie

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: none

David Nwaba

AP Photo/Eric Gay

Prior to NBA, home country: California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), USA

Position, size: Guard/forward, 6-foot-5, 219 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 28 years old, 5 seasons

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22:7.3 points (49.1% FG, 32.3% on 3-pointers), 3.7 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game

Armoni Brooks

Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP

Prior to NBA, home country: University of Houston, USA

Position, size: Guard, 6-foot-3, 195 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 23 years old, 1 season

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: 11.2 points (40.6% FG, 38.2% on 3-pointers), 3.4 rebounds in 26.0 minutes per game

Usman Garuba

Photo by Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to NBA, home country: Real Madrid (Spain), Spain

Position, size: Forward, 6-foot-8, 220 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 19 years old, rookie

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: none

Josh Christopher

AP Photo/Michael Wyke

Prior to NBA, home country: Arizona State University, USA

Position, size: Guard, 6-foot-5, 215 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 19 years old, rookie

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: none

John Wall (not expected to play)

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Prior to NBA, home country: University of Kentucky, USA

Position, size: Guard, 6-foot-4, 210 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 31 years old, 11 seasons

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: 19.1 points (43.1% FG, 32.3% on 3-pointers), 9.1 assists, 4.3 rebounds in 35.6 minutes per game

Daishen Nix (two-way with Rockets, G League)

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Prior to NBA, home country: G League Ignite, USA

Position, size: Guard, 6-foot-5, 224 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 19 years old, rookie

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: none

Anthony Lamb (two-way with Rockets, G League)

AP Photo/Jack Dempsey

Prior to NBA, home country: University of Vermont, USA

Position, size: Forward, 6-foot-6, 225 pounds

Age, NBA experience: 23 years old, 1 season

Career NBA statistics entering 2021-22: 5.5 points (39.0% FG, 32.4% on 3-pointers), 2.9 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game

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