Where is Osman Garuba located among the mysteries of the NBA?

Fill in the blank: Will Osman Garuba become a _____ player? Maybe a solid spinning piece? rough diamonds? I dare say all stars?! Or does he not cross his contract with the novice?

I don’t know! I wish I had the answer. I’m sure the rest of the files Houston RocketsThe fan base wishes they too had the powers of Nostradamus.

The truth is, we haven’t seen enough of it to get an idea of ​​whether it will be here well in the future of this rebuild. Sure, the Rockets knew it was going to be a long-term project when they took him 23rd in the 2021 draft, but a junior campaign marred by injury limited his ability to make an impact in his first year.

Fortunately, it looks like he’s good to go these days because he’s been running for Spain in international play after his absence Summer NBA With a bump in the ankle.

If he can stay healthy, which is the biggest factor for any player in the sport, he’s competing in a backup center training camp against a mix of Boban Marjanovic, Marquez Cris, Bruno Fernando and Willie Cole Stein. Among these names, I expect either Marjanović or WCS to make the list as the top third alongside Garuba and Alperen Şengün.

In order for Garuba to pin his claim to the minutes of the second series, I think he will have to focus on these three aspects:

health

It’s very clear. The best ability is availability. *pa-dom-tssesh*

defense

Much of Garuba’s rise as a prospect was based on his defensive potential. Although he’s not the biggest player out there, his wingspan makes him a versatile threat on this side of the ball. He could get an important role for himself if he keeps playing with a high drive (Bismack Biyombo is still getting paid).

He’d be at a disadvantage in guarding seniors like Joel Embiid, but who isn’t? However, I am confident that he will be able to withstand the majority of post players due to his wonderful natural instincts as you can see below.

reliable finishing

This will determine Houston’s commitment to Garuba’s development. It is essential to finish at a respectable rate around the edge. This team should never ask him to go and get buckets, but for his minutes to really count, he needs to be able to cash in when he gets easy chances on the offensive end.

I can’t stress enough how frustrated I was when I watched Joel Anthony swing beautiful passes from the likes of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James as part of those. Miami Heat Run the tournament. This will be my biggest nightmare.

There is no denying there is a lack of flexibility for Garuba’s offensive skills, and this basically puts him in pole position. However, the Rockets may have more flexibility in their lineup if he proves he’s not fully responsible for the offense. Engaging in pick-and-play and break-and-replay will help keep him engaged in expanding his skill set.

I’m still not sure how high my expectations will be for the 20-year-old in the second year, but I hope he gets the bulk of the five-minute boost this season. With a gluttony for future choices and just too many menu points, the organization should take advantage of this evaluation period to see if they are strong in the front line.

Who are the biggest puzzles in the league?

Garuba ranks number one on the list of rockets, at least from my point of view. There are still questions to be answered regarding the other players on the team, but it’s safe to say we know they are “something”.

I didn’t include the starters as I searched for the answer to this question, because they are all mysteries until proven otherwise. Well, I thought of including one… Portland Trail BlazersShadon Sharp. It took him even his brief summer league stint for me to verify that he was a real human and even now, I’m not sure he even exists. Nor would I consider established players like Ben Simmons, because we’ve seen them display super talent before.

Introducing the four most important things I don’t know:

James Wiseman

He’s undoubtedly talented, but he’s another guy with health issues. It can still be seen if he will click on a file Golden State Warriors‘Or if they’d be better off with someone like Kevin Looney. If he merges into the defending heroes, it can become scary again.

Cam Reddish

He definitely thinks he’s “HIM”, and while I think the talent is there, the lack of consistency (from Reddish and the two organizations he’s played for) didn’t give me a clue how amazing he was. Perhaps trade to a new environment Will the third time prove to be magic?

Markel Fultz

I wouldn’t give up Fultz for the life of me. He was the obvious choice to be the first overall pick in his draft and I’m not sure we got the full explanation for his shoulder injury. It started to look like he was putting it together and *poof* went to his ACL. I still trust the process.

Usman Garuba

This is definitely Houston’s bias compared to the rest of the league’s concerns. After seeing what the other three rookies could do last year, I invested in seeing if Raphael Stone could steal the Wendy’s model and go four-for-four in his first semester as a GM.

I’m curious to hear what other players you’re excited to learn more about this season, so be sure to shout me out in the comments!