The Houston Rockets definitely took the road less traveled when they acquired Omer Asik back in July 2012.
Think back to all that was going on in the summer of 2012, when rumors that more established big men could be coming to Houston.
What did we know about Asik back then? He was raw, played good defense, rebounded well and had no offensive game to speak of.
Since he had played under Tom Thibodeau as a member of the Chicago Bulls, you figure he had to know defense whether he wanted to or not.
So at the very least, he could come in, defend, rebound and stay out of the way on offense, right? He has defended and rebounded for sure. He has also averaged 10.2 points per game this season.
No one expected him to be a double-double guy. He has 17 of them so far. So that begs the question: Can Asik become an elite scorer? If so, how?
For starters, it would help if he got a few more shots. In his last three games, he's only taken 13 combined shots. In the game prior to these three, he had 13 field-goal attempts in one game against the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 18. He connected on eight of them and had 22 points.
That is a simplified answer, but it would help. The fact of the matter is that Asik is still raw offensively. That includes his hands, which aren't the softest in the world. In order to take more shots, the ball has to be caught cleanly and secured.
Asik has had some issues fumbling and dropping the ball. Correcting this will help him get and potentially make more shots, and that will increase his point total. The man has potential.
Fast forward to the 6:48 mark of the video above. He caught the ball cleanly and went up with confidence, nailing a clutch jumper to tie the game and send it into overtime.
At 26, Asik is still a young guy. Like James Harden, this is his first season as a full-time starter as well. With each game rep he gets, he gains more and more experience. Experience leads to being more comfortable in all types of game situations.
One thing we've learned about Omer Asik above all else: He's going to work at it.
All stats are accurate as of Jan. 25, 2013.