Young guys like Troy Daniels could have a big impact in the near future.
Points per game: 5.0
Rebounds per game: 0.8
Assists per game: 0.0
Daniels was the only D-Leaguer from Rio Grande who wasn't under contract with the Rockets to start the season. As it turns out, he may have the most impact of any of the youngsters in the playoffs.
Daniels is a three-point specialist who thrived in the system in the Valley. He shot 42.9 percent from deep in the big leagues, which is easily the best on the team, granted the small sample size. The Rockets launch the most threes per game in the NBA, but their percentage is in the bottom half of the league.
That's where Daniels comes in. If he can consistently come in and knock some long balls down, McHale will be tempted to play him like he did in the final week of the season.
Points per game: 4.6
Rebounds per game: 1.1
Assists per game: 1.0
Isaiah Canaan, the only draft pick the Rockets had last summer, had a terrific season in Rio Grande. He averaged 21.8 points and 8.2 assists per game as a Viper.
He has a lot of potential to become a key role player down the road for Houston, but his time just hasn't come yet. He started the year as the fourth point guard on the depth chart behind Beverley, Lin and Brooks.
After Brooks was traded away and Beverley went down with a torn meniscus, Canaan got some good playing time at the NBA level as the backup point guard. He shot just 34.6 percent from three on the big stage, but history shows that he is much better than that.
Canaan will just have to be patient for now and wait for his chance to shine.
Points per game: 2.3
Rebounds per game: 0.7
Assists per game: 0.0
Covington earned himself a contract after a great NBA Summer League in Orlando. His best quality, in the eyes of GM Daryl Morey, is his three-point shooting ability. He connected on 44.4 percent of his attempts from deep as a Rocket in his six game appearances.
In the D-League, Covington averaged 23.2 points and 9.2 boards a night. He clearly has talent and could very well be a big part of Houston's future.
However, just like Canaan, he will have to wait for his turn.