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Donatas Motiejunas has not seen the floor much for Houston, but has capitalized on his slim opportunities.
Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington take up the final two spots on the roster, but they are currently playing in the D-League with the Rio Grande Vipers, and therefore won't be a part of the rankings.
13. Greg Smith
Greg Smith's season took an immediate halt before it even started. The big man has been sidelined since early November with a sprained knee.
Smith has only appeared in four games this year for Houston, and he has not done much in those appearances. Smith may still have a decent year with the Rockets, especially if the team decides to deal center Omer Asik for a stretch four, which would make Smith Dwight Howard's primary backup.
Smith showed flashes of potential near the end of last season but hasn't gotten enough chances yet this year with that hurt knee. He should return to action within the week.
12. Ronnie Brewer
At the end of the bench, Brewer hasn't done much better than injured Greg Smith. Brewer has only played in six games all season, almost always during garbage time.
The Rockets signed Brewer in the offseason to help out with perimeter defense. So far, Houston hasn't really played any recognizable defense, however they continue to score plenty.
Brewer is a defensive-minded player who is not a good fit in the Rockets' run-and-gun style offense. He is a poor shooter and does not have a knack for scoring. He may wind up on another team by the end of the season if the Rockets choose to exchange him for a shooter that would fit the system better.
11. Donatas Motiejunas
Like the other two players on this slide, D-Mo has struggled to get minutes this year. He has played in just seven games so far, which is less than expected.
Motiejunas has a decent three-point shot, which is a good fit for the Rockets, but he can be inconsistent. His rebounding and defense is also abysmal, which leaves coach Kevin McHale no choice but to stick with the hot hand Terrence Jones at power forward for the time being.
As the season progresses, D-Mo may see more time. He must continue to capitalize on his chances and show off his moves in the post.