HOUSTON — Houston Rockets rookie expertise TyTy Washington Jr. made his G League debut Friday evening. He helped the Rio Grande Valley Vipers win their first recreation of the 2022-23 season in a 112-104 dwelling win over the Birmingham Squadron.
Washington recorded 10 factors on 3-of-8 capturing, 5 assists and a steal within the win. His efficiency in opposition to the Squadron matched what coach Stephen Silas had anticipated for his first-year level guard.
“I want him to play in a way that doesn’t try to score 30 points a game,” mentioned Silas. “I want him to do what he would do in an NBA game. So when he comes back I can play plug and play.”
The Rockets assigned Washington to their G-League affiliate team on Wednesday morning. Silas said the decision to send Washington to the Vipers was to allow him to play and get back in shape.
A sprained knee forced Washington to remain inactive for the first 11 games of the Rockets season, an injury he sustained in the final days of training camp.
Silas wants to see Washington get comfortable organizing his teammates. Making plays for his teammates. Pursue that on the defensive. Take the recordings he has. And being in the right places on both sides of the ball.
The Vipers have grown into one of the top development programs in the G League, which includes a list of prominent alumni in Clint Capela, Isaiah Hartenstein, KJ Martin and Kevin Porter Jr.
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“The G League has helped me tremendously in my growth,” Porter said. “TyTy has just recovered from injury and is a phenomenal point guard. He’s going to need his reps. And playing with the Vipers is the perfect way to get that.”
According to that Houston Chronicle, Washington was excited about his chance in the G League. His goal is to learn as much as he can from the Vipers so that when he returns he can help the Rockets win more games.
In addition to Washington, the Rockets have two two-way players on their roster, with Trevor Hudgins and Darius Days playing in the Rio Grande Valley. Hudgins had a 30-point game on 10-of-19 shooting from deep while Days added an 18-point double-double and a dozen rebounds.
After the win, the Rockets reminisced on Washington and Hudgins on Sunday afternoon.
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