Rockets notes: Andersen ready to return to court | NBA Basketball | – Houston Chronicle

2010 March 13
by rahat huq

Rockets rookie Jordan Hill moved into the rotation in the three games with David Andersen out, but Luis Scola averaged 42.5 minutes per game. Andersen’s perimeter shooting could allow him to play with Hill inside.

“I think Jordan can play the four and David the five,” Adelman said. “Like I told the team, we have more guys than we had before. Now guys have to play hard all the time the whole time they are on the floor. You’re probably not going to play extended minutes so the time you’re out there you got to go hard, you maybe have to do more than you were before.”

via Rockets notes: Andersen ready to return to court | NBA Basketball | – Houston Chronicle.

David Andersen makes his triumphant return to the lineup tonight, admittedly, much to my chagrin.  I have been a solid backer of Andersen since his signing, even despite his struggles, but it’s common knowledge that Jordan Hill has the far greater upside and potential to impact this team.  I worry that Hill’s minutes will be reduced – it is well known that with Rick Adelman, players do not lose their spot in the rotation over injuries.

Whether for his development or for the building of his trade value prior to this summer, it is imperative that Jordan Hill is given a healthy dose of minutes for the remainder of this season.

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  • thirdcoastborn
    I see Hill and Andersen playing together off the bench. Many foreign players need a year to get adjusted to the nba pace. Andersen has great post up moves and is a good shooter. He makes bad fouls alot, but is a good backup for Yao, and maybe starter if Yao can't go the whole year. Hill is a work in process and has great upside like Landry,but it does not matter if its him or Scola at the four, if Yao is healthy there touches will drop.
  • rahat_huq
    i liked Andersen because he gave us a very unique skillset - a total contrast to Yao with his shooting ability. But Jordan Hill adds something better. It's more important to have an athletic shot-blocker than a sweet shooting big, atleast on this team with Yao. I was very pleased to see that Hill still got minutes the other night.
  • bob schmidt
    I agree totally with the need for time for Hill to show his stuff. We have limited time to evaluate everyone on the team to plan next year, and these games are important in that respect. If Hill is as good as he looks so far, Andersen may not be in our plans next year, but who knows? He is a good outside shooter with size.
  • Alituro
    I, too had high hopes for Andersen when I heard we signed him. Too bad they didn't pan out this season. One day he may be as good as Luis in this league, but it won't hurt my feelings if he achieves it elsewhere. I agree that Rick should give Hill as much time as possible on the floor. If certain moves aren't made this summer, then his ability to contribute will be key.
  • The Rockets will everything they can get from Luis from now onwards if they were to avoid from missing the play offs this season (please check out my post on Luis). If he can replicate a performance like this, then why not? Apart from this, some quality support from the rest of the Rockets cast will not harm their chances.
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