What if the Rockets’ best Summer League rookie wasn’t Jabari Smith Jr.? It is obvious that the third choice of the Draft does not miss his summer league, since he posts 13.7 points and 8.7 rebounds on average, but Tari Eason do better.
Indeed, the 17th choice of the Draft is running at 16.6 points and 11.3 rebounds per game and he is much more skilful (46% against 36) than his teammate since the start of the competition.
The interior has particularly shone against the Spurs, with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. We have seen him accompany the counter-attacks, be well placed near the circle or fight on the rebound. He notably scored 14 points in the first half, with two winning shots.
“He does a remarkable job of finding the spaces around the circle”notes his coach Rick Higgins at the Houston Chronicle. “With his efforts, he is there to recover the ball if it escapes us. That’s his thing. He is one of those players who knows where the ball is going to land. »
So how does Eason always be in the right place, at the right time, near the circle, constantly where the ball lands, like a magnet drawing them in? « It’s a bit of anticipation and reading the defense », he answers. “I know what the best cuts are, the best positions. »
His effort, runs and urge shine in Las Vegas and he quickly took advantage of the big league play and pace to show his advantage.
“Everything I know how to do translates well to the NBA game,” he analyzes. « I don’t feel like I’m doing too much. I spread the game, I go to the rebound, I defend, I put open shots. There are a lot of spaces and it allows you to make decisions. Where, in the NCAA, all of that is reduced. I love these spaces, this freedom. »