Corey Robinson breaks down just how good Alperen Sengun has been for the Rockets over the past week and why the team's best shot at success runs through the second-year big man.
- The Houston Rockets have been one of the NBA's worst teams this season, and their current losing streak reached 13 games with a January 21 loss to the Timberwolves. But there is a silver lining in the cloud that hangs over this franchise. They've finally started to run the offense through Alperen Sengun. With Kevin Porter Jr. dealing with a foot injury and Jalen Green being suspended for a game due to his leaving the bench area during an altercation, there was little choice but to hand Sengun the keys, and the second-year center has flourished.
Over the last week of games, he's providing first-round value in nine-cat formats, averaging 22.8 points, 12.8 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.3 blocks, and 1.0 3-pointers per game, shooting 70.4% from the field and 57.9% from the foul line.
There's always a concern that the Rockets will go back to giving Porter and Green the ultimate green light, but it should be clear to all involved that Houston's best shot at success right now is to let Sengun serve as the primary playmaker in the halfcourt.